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Keeping abreast – women bare for awareness

Anna Beckingham -founder of Keeping Abreast

The Keeping Abreast Portrait Exhibition (KAPE) ‘Femininity Comes From Within’, is currently touring around Britain.

50 portraits of women who have undergone mastectomies reveal their post operation breasts, bringing breast reconstruction surgery after cancer into the public eye. The exhibition features women at different stages in their surgery following cancer.

Keeping Abreast

Keeping Abreast is a breast cancer reconstruction support group, founded by Anna Beckingham (pictured above), Beverley Birritteri and Ruth Harcourt. Elaine Sassoon, one of the UK’s leading female plastic surgeons, is one of the patrons for Keeping Abreast, and the majority of the portraits are of her patients.

Julia Holland, a professional photographer based in Norwich, has been giving her photographic skills and time to this support group for many years, working on this project for two and a half years.

Julia’s portraits are classic in style and beautiful in their own right. They combine survivor’s confidence and empowerment; having the ability to choose between remaining breastless or having reconstructive surgery. Their feminine strength shines through to give hope and courage to all, showing other women fighting breast cancer that they are not alone.

Read more about Julia and the KAPE here on her website.

Exhibition dates and locations

The Keeping Abreast Portrait Exhibition ‘Femininity Comes From Within’ is appearing at various venues around the country, including the Gloucester Royal Hospital from October 27th to 29th, the Royal Liverpool Hospital on the 4th and 5th November, and the Royal Derby Hospital from 24th to 26th November. Please visit the Keeping Abreast website for more information as more venues and dates are likely to be added.

Further information

The Wear it Pink website also has information about Breast Cancer Awareness month, and how you can get involved.

View the Daily Mail article on KAPE here.

More information about KAPE can be found here.

The KAPE can also be found here, on the redonline website.