They go by the name Louise and their artistic creations pivot around the emotion of caring for a loved one with cancer.
Mother and daughter Michelle and Suannah Louise have delved into their artistic side to help TROG Cancer Research raise money to support breast cancer clinical trials through its Art4TROG exhibition.
Their fibre works are on display at Newcastle Art Space among the creations of other artists. Each work has been inspired by the artist’s experience with cancer.
The Louise’s drew inspiration from family and friends who have battled the disease and created works that evoke feelings of warmth, comfort and support.
“You don’t have to look far to find someone who’s been touched by cancer,” Mrs Louise said.
“I lost my grandfather to an aggressive cancer a few years ago and months later I was a carer for my mother, so it is apparent to me how widely people are similarly affected.
"I think you come away from your experiences knowing the big impact of cancer around the world – so many people have been touched by cancer.
“Being a carer or supporting someone with cancer is sometimes about just being there for them.
“We’ve offered our support in the hope of one day making some head way and finding a cure.”
Well-known Hunter artists Mitch Revs, John Sorby and Shirley Cameron-Roberts will be among those with works at the event.
TROG is one of the largest cancer clinical trials groups in Australia and New Zealand and has an office in Newcastle. It conducts world-class research and looks at the use of radiotherapy to fight the cancer and improve the patient’s quality of life.
“We coordinate clinical trials for all types of cancers in over 200 hospitals and cancer centres all over the world,” CEO Joan Torony said.
“The Art4TROG exhibition is a unique opportunity for some wonderful local artists to express their personal experiences with cancer through their art, while raising money for our vital cancer research.
“We encourage our local community to come along to the opening night to support this initiative and enjoy a great night out for a good cause.”
The exhibition will be opened on May 6 from 5pm to 8pm at Newcastle Art Space in Hamilton East. Tickets are $15 each and are available online or at the door. The price includes drinks, canapes, entertainment and a silent auction.
The display can be viewed until May 22 from Thursday to Sunday between 12 noon and 5pm.