Busting out in Cairns for battle over cancer
CAIRNS artist Vickie Hartland has a "boob room" and it is packed with bright, unique art.
Each piece is different, some bright and some patterned, but together they form a special community of women from all ages and backgrounds.
Art exhibition "Bust Out for Breast Cancer" is the brainchild of Mrs Hartland, who has spent 12 months plastering women's breasts to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
The women, aged 18-96, each drew from her personal experience with breast cancer to paint their own bust moulds.
Mrs Hartland said the idea was born out of her own experience of losing friends to breast cancer.
"I talked my friend into making the first mould and the idea grew from there," she said.
"Each of my 100 plus models has a unique story about how breast cancer has touched their lives but put together, they exude love, strength and inspiration. It's a very powerful statement." Cairns mum Teisha Baxter, who is one of the bust models, lost her mother Margaret Doyle to breast cancer last month.
"I urge everyone to come along, show their support and dig deep if you can," Ms Baxter said.
Bust Out for Breast Cancer will be on display at Tanks Arts Centre from March 8, with a Bust Auction from 7.30that night.
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Winning smiles: Models and fundraisers Teisha Baxter, Taeha Condon and Joanne Jackson with their moulds and artist Vickie Hartland. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS