To celebrate International Women's Day 2023 we are hosting an exhibition of work in the MAC Common Room created with women who have had a mastectomy.
Artist Mayte Ruiz Cala collaborated with the Knitted Knockers of Northern Ireland, a breast cancer support group based in Lurgan, to create casts of their chests. By recording the impact of cancer on their bodies in this way, the project enabled women to find courage, feel empowered, and build collective solidarity.
In November 2021 photographer Emma Campbell's image of a confident woman proudly showing her mastectomy scars was exhibited on billboards throughout Belfast, Lurgan and Craigavon.
This powerful piece of public art was seen by thousands of people, giving hope and inspiration to countless women, and will now be presented alongside the casts in this exhibition.
Please note: The MAC is closed on Mondays.
We will host a public talk about the power of art to address breast cancer on 18 March at 2pm-3pm in the MAC. This event is free. Tickets available here.
Knitted Knockers of Northern Ireland will host a social and creative space for those fighting breast cancer and breast cancer survivors on 24 March, 6.30pm - 8pm. No need to book, just come along on the night.
Follow Knitted Knockers on social media (link above) to find out more.