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Dundee artist diagnosed with leukaemia at 25 launches exhibition on the disease

An artist diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of 25 has launched a new exhibition exploring his experience of the disease as well as that of other young people.

Josh Moir

Whitfield man Josh Moir’s exhibition The Things We Lost is on display at Brechin Town House Museum until October 13.

Josh, now 29, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia after being rushed to Ninewells Hospital for an emergency blood transfusion.

Now free of cancer, the Duncan of Jordanstone graduate has used art as a way of examining his own cancer journey, as well as that of others. The exhibition features both prints and digital artwork.

Josh said: “Being a cancer survivor is odd because people look at you at this sort of new age guru, like the answers have all been revealed to you.

“But life after cancer left me somewhere between health and wellness – there was no trace of the cancer but things had changed and became more difficult.

“For some people, it can be things such as fertility or even wanting to get a mortgage.”

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As part of his research, Josh spoke to other young cancer patients he met through support charity Trekstock in order to better inform his work.

He said: “I use art to understand modern life and my place in it.

“In the throes of treatment I would have said that I would never feel normal again – but I feel a lot more normal now.

“I’ve learned to take heart and courage, that there are positives I can take away from it.”

Gill Ross, visual arts officer with arts body Angusalive, said: “We are privileged to debut this fascinating exhibition in the Year of Young People.

“I was inspired by Josh’s story and how young people overcome new challenges as they strive towards their ‘new normal’.”