Teenager Holly Hamer enjoyed the launch of her first solo exhibition, ‘Looking from the Inside Out’, a collection of drawings and paintings inspired by her cancer journey exploring how Holly, 19, is dealing with aspects of her illness.
The event, Warrington Art Gallery, was also held to coincide with the launch of a new membership programme supporting Culture Warrington with speeches from board chair Maureen Banner and cultural director Gemma Johnson.
Refreshments were served to family and friends who went along to support Holly, who announced on the night that she would be donating 30% of any sales to CLIC Sargent as a way of a thank you for the charity's support.
At the launch Holly, from Grappenhall, said: “It feels so surreal to have my work up on display and it’s a pretty wonderful feeling.
“This body of work is very personal to me so it's slightly nerve-racking for people to be seeing it but it's mainly exciting to get my work out there.”
Holly believes that her passion for creativity has been spurred on, rather than diminished, by her illness.
“Creating pieces of artwork of different things I went through is what helped me get through everything because it was a way for me to work through all of these feelings and make me understand it more.”
Holly also credits James George, a CLIC Sargent Social Worker she was supported by at The Christie hospital, for helping her deal with her illness and aiding her to explore her emotions and experiences through art. It was James who encouraged Holly to approach the art gallery.
Expressing her emotions
Derick Dick, outreach and engagement manager at Warrington Art Gallery, said: “Holly’s maturity is clear in the way she uses art as a vehicle for expressing her emotions.
“When I first met Holly I made it clear she was only offered the show because of the quality of her work and not because of her cancer.
“Her artwork is both strong and emotional and it deserves to be seen in its own right.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Maria Healy said: "Holly should be so proud of what she has achieved here, the first show of many I hope.
“It’s also wonderful that Holly has kindly pledged to donate 30% of any sales to CLIC Sargent so we can continue to support more young people with cancer.”
“Holly’s work is amazing and I urge people to visit the exhibition which runs until 2 September.”
Find out more
To find out how you or your company could organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Maria Healy on 07500 961 049 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.