From landscapes to nudes, renowned and upcoming artists have contributed their works for ‘A Splash of Pink’ — an art exhibition aimed towards raising funds for breast cancer research.
According to a team at the University of Malta, breast cancer is inheritable, and regular screening is particularly recommended to individuals with a family history of the disease. Some scientists are concerned that patenting of the genes related to breast cancer in the US can impede further research.
With over 40 artists participating in the collective art exhibition with a donation of one of their paintings, ‘A Splash of Pink’ will be held at Gallery 23, Idmejda Street, Balzan, between the 19th and 31st October. The paintings exhibited all have a splash of pink.
It was Michelle Gialanze, one of the participating artists, who brought about this initiative some time ago and expressed the wish to support breast cancer research through the UM’s Research Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT).
Set up in 2011 as an autonomous support platform, the RIDT is striving to further the advancement of research, innovation and development in all areas of study, knowledge and activity in Malta. By encouraging high-calibre research through the fund, the University of Malta will continue to deliver tangible outcomes leading to a better quality of life. For example, UM’s current research is looking into combined treatments for breast cancer and innovative testing and diagnosis tools.
Thanks to the support received since its setting up, the RIDT has raised circa €3.5 million from the Maltese community, with funds going towards all areas of study including medical, technological and artistic. These funds have also helped finance six PhD scholarships in areas such as cancer research, ALS, climate change and criminology.
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