Posted on Monday 18 January 2021

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CLIC Sargent launches first ever virtual art show

To celebrate World Cancer Day 2021 (4 February), CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, has launched its first ever virtual art show.

CLIC Sargent’s World Cancer Day campaign this year is all about spreading hope and positivity. It has been inspired by young people who we have been supported by the charity who have said the words unity, strength, love, friends and hope gave them positivity during an especially tough year for young cancer patients.

Budding artists, musicians, poets, photographers, and dancers who have been supported by the young people’s cancer charity, or affected by cancer, have been submitting their work ahead of World Cancer Day which will be showcased across the charity’s social media channels over the coming weeks.

Rachel Kirby-Rider, CLIC Sargent’s Chief Executive said: “There is no doubt the past year has been tough for everyone, but especially the children and young people CLIC Sargent supports. World Cancer Day might be very different for us this year but that’s not going to stop us coming together for Young Lives.  I’ve been blown away by what’s been submitted so far for our first ever virtual art show, and can’t wait to show off the talents of the young cancer patients we support.”

Amy has submitted a silk paper design to the virtual art show, which created a few months after her diagnosis of breast cancer.

“Firstly, I chose encouraging words from a birthday card written by my mum to trap in between the silk fibres, so when I was feeling low, I could look at them and be reminded of her unwavering love for me.  Ultimately, I found the crafting process very symbolic of what I was going through: starting off as soft, unrefined silk, the paper formed was stronger than before. My diagnosis proved to myself that I am so much stronger than I ever thought I was; I’ve dealt with chemo, things don’t get much harder than that!”

The art show was launched on Monday 18th January and will run until World Cancer Day (Thursday 4th February 2021). Artwork submitted will be showcased on CLIC Sargent’s social media channels during that time period, and will be used to inspire others to take part in the campaign. All artwork will be posted with the hashtag #WorldCancerDayArtShow.

This is still time to take part!

  1. Reflect! Think about the words strength, friends, hope, unity and love, and what they truly mean to you.
  2. Create! Whether it’s a drawing, painting, photograph, poem, song or story – let your imagination run wild!
  3. Submit! Email your creation as an image or video to social@clicsargent.org.uk by Sunday 31st January 2021.
  4. Tell us your story! If you feel comfortable sharing a little more about yourself, we’d love to hear a sentence about your cancer journey and what the theme words mean to you.

World Cancer Day

Celebrate hope, strength, unity and friendship – four powerful words that help young people through the tough times.

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