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Powerful portrait exhibition shows 'Femininity Comes from Within'

Published 20/11/2015

A portrait exhibition showing women at different stages of breast reconstruction will be on show at the Royal Derby Hospital next week.

Entitled ‘Femininity Comes from Within’, the touring exhibition shows more than 40 women who have undergone mastectomy surgery. Some of the women have chosen to undergo reconstruction, and others have not.

The models are involved with the charity Keeping Abreast, which supports women through their decisions on post-mastectomy surgery. The portraits, created by professional photographer Julia Holland, show the women topless, but swathed in a pink scarf.

Laura Waters, arts programme manager for Air Arts, Derby Teaching Hospitals’ arts charity, said: “This is such a wonderful exhibition. It is really very powerful to see these portraits all together. The models look so strong and content.  I think it will have a real impact on patients and visitors coming to the hospital.”

The National Lottery-funded exhibition will run from Tuesday, 24 November, until Thursday, 26 November, in entrance 24 of the Royal Derby Hospital, near to the cancer and specialist services departments.

It has previously been on display at several other hospitals in England, and in the Houses of Parliament.

Last Modified 20/11/2015