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Some of the UK’s greatest contemporary artists are being brought together for a two gallery exhibition to raise money for breast cancer research.
This pop-up exhibition titled She, is an inspired collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and prints, all with women as their central theme. There will be over 20 artists, sculptors and ceramicists exhibiting this weekend, including the eminent national artists Henrietta Dubrey, Maggi Hambling and Michael G Clark, alongside an exciting selection of painters and sculptors drawn from East Anglia’s great wealth of artistic talent.
The exhibition at Aldeburgh’s Peter Pears Gallery and the Garage Gallery sitting beneath it, just off Crag Path, has been organised by Art for Cure, a campaign created by breast cancer survivor Belinda Gray, who wants to fund research as well as providing support and information services for women going through treatment.
Belinda, who curated the show, said: “She is our celebration of women, an exhibition of the many amazing aspects of being a woman and the over-riding beauty that is shared. I am very excited about the exhibition because we have managed to gather together work by some of the nation’s greatest living artists and it’s a wonderful opportunity to acquire some great quality work while helping to conquer cancer at the same time.”
She said it was important for the exhibition to not only have a wide range of work but also work from a wide age range of artists. “I love the fact that we have great work on display from established artists like Maggi Hambling but also feature work from rising stars of tomorrow, artists like Jelly Green and Ania Hobson. We have a wide range of prices and its important that we have a lot of work which is very affordable. It’s a great opportunity to invest in work by artists such as these because they are going to be much more expensive in a few years time.
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“We are also privileged to have the continuing support of Henrietta Dubrey, one of the country’s most exciting abstract painters. Henrietta has named a recent work ‘She’ for our exhibition and we are thrilled to be showing many more of her exhilarating paintings at our exhibition.”
Writing for Art for Cure, Henrietta talks about her work, “These depictions of women are strong and strident and boldly present themselves, standing proud and accentuated in front of their painted coloured grounds. Working from my imagination, which is fed by looking at multifarious images and other painters and photographers work, I am fascinated by how one can conjure up such archetypal women who all have a different story to tell”.
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This latest pop-up exhibition follows the success of the 2016 Art for Cure event when over £350,000 of art and sculpture was sold over May bank holiday weekend at Glemham Hall, enabling Art For Cure to donate £100,000 to Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity and a further £74,000 to specific cancer projects in Suffolk.
Belinda said that cancer research is important but it is equally important to provide support to cancer patients. “It is a personally challenging time as I experienced first hand. Women and a small number of men face sudden changes with their bodies. Many lose their hair through powerful drug regimes and some face surgery requiring breast reconstruction. These are huge, physical challenges, whilst also having to deal with the emotional impact of a breast cancer diagnosis.
“But, advances are being made all the time. I was told recently that very soon they will be able to do away chemotherapy as part of the treatment. Progress is being made and we need to keep providing the funds so that more research can be carried out.”
Art for Cure will also be selling custom-made art deck chairs featuring works which have been donated to the exhibition.
She is being held over the weekend, June 3-4, at the Peter Pears Gallery and Garage Gallery in Aldeburgh, just off the High Street.