FUNDRAISER: Arts for Oncology organiser Jim Hourigan is looking for artworks on consignment or donation as part of a ongoing effort for the ward.
FUNDRAISER: Arts for Oncology organiser Jim Hourigan is looking for artworks on consignment or donation as part of a ongoing effort for the ward. Marc Stapelberg

Hourigan on hunt for works of art

ART for Oncology organiser Jim Hourigan is looking for 40 artworks to supplement a permanent exhibition in the foyer of the North Coast Cancer Institute, at Lismore Base Hospital.

The exhibition is in its third year and has sold more than 50 paintings with proceeds used to buy items for cancer patients.

Mr Hourigan said it was heart-warming to see the vibrancy and energy the paintings engendered.

"They used to come out of chemo with their head looking at the floor," he said.

"Since the pictures have gone up people will stay and talk to each other.

"I get a kick out of seeing people looking at good art."

Mr Hourigan said 31 of 34 paintings donated by Lismore Workers Club had now sold.

They also received 25 prints from the internationally renowned Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals.

Artists can donate their artworks or have them put on consignments with 30% of the price going to the fundraising effort.

Mr Hourigan is a Yamba-based artist whose wife was a patient at the clinic.



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