Touch of Pink: Close Up
7 – 30 June 2013
Touch of Pink: Close Up is a photographic exhibition and book about breast cancer. Touring Milton Keynes throughout 2013, Touch of Pink, supported by a grant from the Milton Keynes Community Foundation, is designed to help raiseawareness of breast cancer and create an honest dialogue around the emotions, needs and changes that arise during and after treatment.
The project is the result of a collaboration between photographers Elizabeth Beston and Wendy Grant, MK Arts for Health (a Milton Keynes organisation that uses the arts to improve health andwell-being) and Healthcare Charity: MK (the registered charity for MK Hospital, who run The Touch of Pink Appeal – a fundraising appeal for the hospital’s Breast Unit).
Through collaboration with the photographers, seven women and one man share theirexperiences of having breast cancer, revealing how different people cope with a diagnosis ofcancer and the different places they turn to for comfort. Remarkable for their positive attitudes,the participants share both painful and funny moments from their journeys, as well as offeringpractical advice. Through talking openly about cancer, the exhibition aims to demystify the treatment processes and help people who are diagnosed with breast cancer to know what to expect.
Speaking of the project, Sharon Paulger, Director of MK Arts for Health said:
“We are delighted that MK Gallery Project Space, a prominent community venue in a prime location beside MK Theatre, is hosting the latest presentation of this show, helping to support the project’s aims by giving it the visibility it richly deserves.”
MK Arts for Health uses art and creativity to improve health and wellbeing. The charity does this through programming art for healthcare settings and providing participatory art projects in the community.
This charity raises money to fund projects at Milton Keynes Hospital that are outside the scope of the NHS. Each year they raise around £400,000.