Throughout 2012 & 2013, teenagers with cancer, their friends, families and carers have been taking part in art workshops run by the Royal Albert Hall.

Delivered by artist Gill Hickman at Teenage Cancer Trust units across the country, the workshops have provided a fun, relaxed and accepting forum for young people to explore their thoughts and feelings about cancer, using the human body’s Spectacular Cells as inspiration.

The young artists were encouraged to think about what makes them happy, focus on the positive aspects of the cells inside their bodies and create a multi-media textured painting inspired by their insights.

Some examples of the works created at the workshops

The workshops gave young people with cancer the chance to discover more about cells and how they work and to express complex attitudes and feelings in a nurturing environment.  The young people gained new creative skills and insights into how to deal with illness in a positive, inspiring way.

These workshops were devised following the success of the music workshops, which have taken place annually during Teenage Cancer Trust concert week since 2004.

“This is a very valuable workshop for these young people who are facing such enormous challenges in their lives.  I believe they all got something positive and theraputic from the experience. They were all the very excited by the idea of having their work shown at the Royal Albert Hall” - Gill Hickman

See the exhibition

The pieces created at these workshops will be exhibited in the Hall’s Café Consort from Thursday 14 March – Sunday 14 April 2013, coinciding with the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series and more at the Royal Albert Hall.

Spectacular Cells is free to view, so look out for the pieces if you’re visiting the Hall between those dates.

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