First Minister joins MPs in supporting East Neuk artist’s unique awareness raising exhibition
Scotland’s First Minister has joined forces with MPs from across the country in supporting a unique art exhibition featuring stained glass Y fronts.
East Neuk-based artist Keny Drew had already recruited a few famous faces to design a pair of pants for his exhibition due to be held at Cellardyke harbour in April to highlight Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for the Cahonas Scotland charity.
And, thanks to his local MP, Stephen Gethins, Keny’s display now also features design briefs by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as well as Dundee West MP Chris Law, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Roger Mullin, Glasgow North MP Patrick Grady and Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black.
And Stephen, who has also added his own ‘Sex Pistols-themed design, has invited Keny to show his work in the North East Fife constituency office this month as part of the ‘Art in Parliament’ scheme.
Stephen said: “The stained glass work Keny does is fantastic. When I heard about his exhibition I thought Art in Parliament would be a good way of letting more people know about the work he is doing to raise awareness of this disease. It’s great he already has people like Elaine C Smith and Tom Urie involved and I am very grateful to the First Minister and my Westminster colleagues for taking part.
“Art in Parliament is a great way of encouraging local artists to show their work, for free, in the constituency office. We have had some amazing paintings, illustrations and photography on the walls so far but nothing like this. Keny’s work, although fun, has a very serious message and I hope that in supporting this initiative we can also help raise awareness.”
Keny said: “I am very grateful to Stephen and his colleagues for his support. Every day, six men in the UK will be diagnosed with testicular cancer. Despite these statistics, many men still do not self-check or know what to look for. Whilst survival rates of male cancers are increasing, early diagnosis is crucial and my stained glass pants project will hopefully get men in Scotland thinking a little more about what’s going on in their own pants.”
The exhibition at Cellardyke Harbour on April 15 will see Keny hang the many pairs of Y fronts he has made on a special washing line for all to see. The pants designed by politicians and featuring a signed tag, will be available to buy with proceeds going to Cahonas Scotland.
£10 from each pair of custom commissioned pants will go to Cahonas Scotland’s awareness campaign.
To commission a pair please visit http://www.eastneukglass.com/