Local artist with cancer experience donates work to Aberdeen art show

Christmas Dream by Jody Curtis
Christmas Dream by Jody Curtis

A local artist with her own cancer experience has donated two artworks to an Aberdeen art show to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The cancer charity teamed up with local art agency SMART to bring the Mark Making art show to the Granite City following successful events in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The show, which ends this weekend after a three-week run, includes artwork selected from an open call and invited artists as well as prints from Aberdeen-based Peacock Visual Arts.

Jody Curtis, from Aberdeen, was inspired by her mother’s battle with a brain tumour to contribute two pieces of work to the show.

Her mixed media pieces, called The Gift and A Christmas Dream (priced at £800 and £200), are created from hand-cut paper and are displayed in boxes framed with light.

“I’m so incredibly proud to be a part of this exhibition, raising more awareness for a wonderful charity,” says the 35-year-old artist, who is currently living in Peterhead with her partner and daughter.

“Six years ago my mum discovered she had a brain tumour. Those were some hard times for all of us, but especially for her.

“She still has a small part of the tumour in her sinus cavity which can’t be removed and which is monitored annually to check for growth. She also still suffers with some physical side effects of the treatment she received after two operations.

“She’s an incredible woman who has dealt with this through humour. She’s my hero.”

In addition to buying the artworks on sale, which range in price from £40-£5,000, visitors to the art show can bid for items in a silent auction.

These include an original oil painting by Aberdeen artist Barry McGlashan, as well as the opportunity to have your portrait painted by another local artist, Mark McCracken, or spend the day with jewellery designer Anne Marquiss or ceramist Hilary Duncan.

McGlashan, who donated the painting Call Me Ishmael to the exhibition, said: “I was delighted to be asked by SMART to donate this painting for what is an exceptionally worthy cause. I do hope the funds raised from the auction will go a long way in assisting Macmillan in carrying out their excellent work which means so much to so many.”

Jennifer Mitchell, Macmillan’s Senior Fundraising Manager in the north of Scotland, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has supported this show so generously. We have some amazing works on offer, including paintings, jewellery and ceramics, and we hope that people will come along and dig deep for Macmillan.

“Without events like these Macmillan could not provide the wide range of vital services it does. The money that is raised from the show will allow us to continue providing the much needed emotional, practical and financial support to people when they need it most.”

Sally Reaper, Creative Director of SMART, said: “This is a unique way to support the hugely worthwhile work of Macmillan while at the same time supporting the local creative sector.”

The art show is being held at 9 East Terrace (entry via outdoor carpark), Union Square, Aberdeen.

It is open this week from Thursday to Saturday, 12-4pm.

For more information about the show call SMART on 01224 561977 or visit www.facebook.com/Macmillannorthscot.