Exhibition in Bury St Edmunds will help bereavement charity

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Charity My Blue Heart is to show work by local and international artists as part of an exhibition in Bury St Edmunds next month.

Focussing on the theme of love, loss and what it means to say ‘I carry your heart in mine’, the unique exhibition at The Apex will run from September 2-27 and will be celebrated with a launch event at 6pm on September 6.

All the artwork featured will be for sale during the exhibition and from an online gallery at www.myblueheart.co.uk

Among the artists featured is Amanda Tonkin-Hill, from Australia, who was inspired to gift one of her paintings in support of the charity.

Charity trustee Susan McCrea said: “We have been overwhelmed with the contributions we have received from professional artists.”

Founded by Shirley Gower in 2012 following the loss of her 14-year-old daughter, Jess, to primary bone cancer, My Blue Heart aims to give bereaved people a way to show others they are grieving through wearing their unique heart-shaped badges.

The symbol is a direct response to the feelings of those, including Mrs Gower, who struggle to exist in the ‘normal’ world after suffering a great loss with no way for people to know what they are going through.

In response to the theme of the exhibition and the ethos of My Blue Heart, two free bereavement workshops will be held on September 8, one for adults at 11am and the other for children at 4pm.

All of the work carried out by My Blue Heart is voluntary and profits raised from the exhibition will be donated to CLIC Sargent’s bereavement services, which supported the Gower family through their loss.