Jim Hourigan with his art work Kookaburra it is part of an Art Exibition at the North coast Cancer Institute on the 29 of November at 6.00pm Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star
Jim Hourigan with his art work Kookaburra it is part of an Art Exibition at the North coast Cancer Institute on the 29 of November at 6.00pm Photo Doug Eaton / The Northern Star Doug Eaton

Gallery re-launch will help cancer patients

THERE is an art gallery in the reception area of the North Coast Cancer Clinic where for the past 12 months, local artists have been displaying their work and raising money for cancer patients.

The gallery has been coordinated by Jim Hourigan, whose wife is a patient at the clinic.

So far it has raised around $20,000, which has been spent on everything from wigs and scarves for patients who have lost their hair, to gowns for radiation patients and a range of other services.

Around 50 artists have contributed work; some of which has been donated and some sold on a 30% commission basis, but Mr Hourigan said they are desperately seeking more artists to exhibit their work.

Mr Hourigan said he wanted to help because staff at the clinic had been so fantastic to him and his wife and he also wanted to make the space more homely and inviting.

"It's quite a pleasing thing to see when people come out of the treatment rooms, to see them looking and pointing and talking about the paintings. Hopefully it helps them forget some of their problems," he said.

Jim Hourigan is an artist himself with a particular fondness for painting native birds and many of those can be found on the walls of the clinic.

He said the Lismore Workers Club donated 34 paintings from their collection last year which he said was a wonderful contribution.

The gallery will be having a grand re-launch on Friday, November 29 from 6pm with finger food and all the trappings of a gallery opening.

The clinic is located at Lismore Base Hospital and everybody is welcome to attend.

Any artists wishing to exhibit should contact North Coast Cancer Clinic office manager Richard Jux on 6629 4490.


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