I dare say that most of us will, unfortunately, somehow be affected by cancer during our lifetime. This week we saw the launch of a photographic exhibition in Chrissie Amphlett’s honour. These photographs were taken by photographer Tony Mott during Chrissie’s time with the Divinyls. Tony recently gave all the photos he had to Chrissie’s husband, Charley Drayton, who with Tony's knowledge decided to use them in an exhibition to raise awareness about self examination for breast cancer run by the NSW Cancer Council’s I touch myself campaign.
This campaign particularly focuses on breast cancer and it is probably also worth noting that the National Breast Cancer Foundation also undertakes research specifically for this. But, what I particularly like about the Cancer Council NSW's campaign is the way that Chrissie and her husband, with Tony Mott’s cooperation, creatively used what essentially cost them nothing in such a creative and generous way. It highlights for me how we can use things already at our fingertips which we might not have even considered.
Photographs and artwork is an excellent example, especially old photos, but they don’t have to be old. But using a theme would work really well, particularly if there is some way it can relate directly to your cause. But again, the pictures don’t have to. They can be gathered from a single collection – great if you have access to a photographer or artist - or use the opportunity to invite submissions from people you know (or people you don’t know!). One of the junior-senior schools in my area has an annual art show where the students produce paintings and a number of more well known local artists and celebrities are invited to contribute a painting also. None of the artworks have names on them and over the course of several hours guests bid for artwork they like (or suspect is done by a particular person). This exhibition has become an anticipated community event and I think it might be so popular now that they have limited entry to ticket purchases.
You never know, your small creative idea might just become something for your organisation you never imagined.
I touch myself project – exhibition
17th April – 10th May 2014
Blender Gallery; 16 Elizabeth St, Paddington, NSW
Cancer Council Australia