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Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and South West Sydney Cancer Therapy Centre proudly present the third Bravery Unmasked initiative. In this exhibition radiation masks, used to immobilise the head in cancer treatment, are turned into artworks by patients, their family and supporters.

The radiation masks, each moulded to individual patients, serve as a symbol for the experience of cancer. Bravery Unmasked engages creativity to explore the impact of cancer from the perspective of those diagnosed as well as carers, family and friends. Healing is multi-faceted; whilst the medical system provides the necessary equipment and support to heal physically, responding to the mask allows the participants to create a new story around cancer.

The works on exhibition will be a curated selection that have been produced by cancer patients, their families and friends and local schools along with contributions by artists. They have been produced individually and through workshops at South West Sydney Cancer Therapy Centre and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

All masks exhibited will also be for sale for a nominal sum with all proceeds going directly to the South West Sydney Cancer Therapy Centre. This project is evidence of the continuing development of partnerships between community art and health organisations through South Western Sydney Health.

Installation images from 2017 Bravery Unmasked exhibition. Photo credit: Hamish Ta-me