She studied at the Ilam Art School from 1979 and graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from Dunedin Polytechnic in 1984. She has been exhibiting successfully since 1986 and her work is held in private and public collections throughout New Zealand. In 1986 Manchester was a recipient of a Creative New Zealand Grant and the following year she was awarded the Rita Angus Residency. Her diverse and extensive education is reflected in the many influences that invest her art.
Her work is both expressionist and abstract, avant garde and classical