LoveLinks chain to go on display

A unique silver chain created by almost 200 people from across north Lancashire and south Cumbria will go on display at a Lancaster art gallery this month.

The LoveLinks chain is a special community art project celebrating the strength of people affected by cancer and is made up of individually shaped links crafted by clients, supporters, volunteers and staff at CancerCare.

The project was overseen by CancerCare’s silver jewellery craft group tutor Rachel Hearne and the concept was inspired by the strength members of the group gain from coming together at their weekly activity sessions; one of many support services provided by the charity.

There are groups at all of CancerCare’s centres in Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow with members all having been affected by cancer or other life limiting health conditions either as a patient themselves, a carer or having experienced the loss of a loved one.

Rachel Hearne said:  “I was amazed at how many people wanted to take part and the final chain is a wonderful unique piece of art with a poignant message. By joining together, like the silver links in the chain, each unique individual becomes part of stronger unit, supporting one another in the face of adversity.”

The chain took more than four months to create and it will go on display for the first time on Saturday 22 February at Arteria Art Gallery in Lancaster.  It will then go on to be displayed at other art galleries across the region before being converted into smaller lengths to make of one-of-a-kind silver bracelets and necklaces to be sold in aid of CancerCare.

The exhibition will be launched at Arteria, which is based on Lancaster’s Brock Street, on Saturday 22 February at 3.30pm and will be on display until 2 May during which time visitors will have a chance to make a silent auction bid for one of the jewellery items that will be created from the LoveLinks chain.

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