Bra-vo for artist Ailish’s latest work

ON DISPLAY ... Ailish Henderson, pictured above and below, is exhibiting her work at the Customs House in aid of the charity that helped her mum, Elaine, with her battle against breast cancer.
ON DISPLAY ... Ailish Henderson, pictured above and below, is exhibiting her work at the Customs House in aid of the charity that helped her mum, Elaine, with her battle against breast cancer.
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AN artist hopes her creative talents will boost the profile of a cancer charity.

Ailish Henderson is one of a number of exhibitors who have put their work on display at the Customs House, South Shields.

Ailish Henderson launches her exhibition at the Custom House inspired by her mothers fight with cancer

Ailish Henderson launches her exhibition at the Custom House inspired by her mothers fight with cancer

The exhibition, In Dreams, runs until the end of the month.

For the 22-year-old, the exhibition means so much more than just showcasing her work.

As part of her exhibition, she has designed a post-operative bra as a tribute to her mother Elaine’s battle with breast cancer.

She is now hoping her work will raise the profile and cash for Macmillan Nurses.

The charity was chosen after the support they showed to her mother and her family.

Miss Henderson said: “Macmillan Cancer Care supported my family throughout my mum’s cancer battle, and that’s why I wanted to do something to show our appreciation for all their help.

“When I told her what I was doing, she was really humbled.

“My parents have been really supportive and they are really proud of what I am doing.

“I was a teenager when my mam was diagnosed with cancer.

“I remember one of the worse experiences for her was when she lost her hair through the treatment she was receiving.

“The Macmillan nurses gave her so much support.”

Ailish, who is a teacher of textiles for North Tyneside Council, has written a poem to accompany three of the garments – including one she entitled star-catcher, which she has embroidered on the bra.

Miss Henderson added: “It talks about different things, and how some things may not work out but you still have to try with them.

“A lot of me has gone into my work and I hope that comes across and people see that in the exhibition.”

In Dreams is on at the gallery of the Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, until January 31.

As well as work by Miss Henderson, it also features work by artists from across the North East, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Derbyshire, Herefordshire and East Anglia.

The exhibition aims to reflect and explore the concept of dreams.

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