Broken Hill based painter, Judy Antill, watched her daughter, Natasha Antill-O’Brien, suffer with the debilitating effects of endometriosis for several years before she passed away in her early 30s in 2020.
In honour of her talented life, Ms Antill set up a fundraising page to support the Julia Argyrou Centre for Endometriosis at Epworth as they attempt to find a cure.
The Antill Art studio on Argent St will be open during the Broken Heel Festival with eight of Natasha’s drawings printed in a limited edition to raise funds for vital research into endometriosis.
The prints are for sale at $50 each to raise money for the Epworth Medical Foundation’s (EMF) research into this medical condition.
“Women have endured this torturous condition for so long without due sympathy for the excruciating pain they suffer. Tash spent on average one week per month bedridden with pain, so I’m attempting to raise awareness and funds for research into a cure for endometriosis,” Ms Antill recently told the Truth.
The team at Epworth are currently exploring the use of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technology to determine whether it’s an effective method to diagnose endometriosis in young women, so Ms Antill is attempting to raise funds that will help to explore all potential cures.
“I’m selling eight prints of Tash’s drawings plus my artworks with 20% of sales going to Epworth. We’ll also be showing some garments from Gic Huhi – our fashion range – and we’ve decided to sell some of Tasha’s gorgeous outfits with 100% of the sales going to Epworth,” said Ms Antill.
The Antill Art gallery, at 311 Argent Street, will be open from 11am to 4pm each day during the Broken Heel Festival – Thursday September 7 to Monday September 11.
To help find a cure for endometriosis, you can donate at: fundraise.emf.org.au/fundraisers/NatashaOBrien