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Play On: The Art of Sport

Location Chapel Gallery
From Saturday 09 March 2019 -  10:00am
To Sunday 05 May 2019 - 04:00pm

Exhibition opening event will be held on Friday 8 March, 6pm - 8pm. Entry is free and all are welcome. See you there!

Play On: The art of sport

10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize

A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne touring exhibition.

Play On: The art of sport celebrates 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, the prestigious and distinctively Australian biennial exhibition that reflects upon one of our great national obsessions – sport. Featuring the winners and other key works from all five instalments of the Prize, the exhibition brings together diverse explorations of the personal and collective significance of sport and sporting culture from some of Australia’s most accomplished artists.

NETS Victoria Director Mardi Nowak: “NETS Victoria is thrilled to partner with Ian Potter Museum of Art to tour this exhibition. Sport cuts across society like few pursuits. We expect the exhibition will really connect with regional audiences and give communities an opportunity to see some of Australia’s most exciting, leading and emerging Australian artists.”

Play On: The art of sport encompasses a dynamic range of media includes painting, sculpture, video, drawing and mixed-media installation with works that respond to an equally extensive range of sporting genres, including community footy, women’s boxing, ground-keeping, gymnastics and AFL. They portray the sports arena as a powerful theatre of emotion, where hope, fear, adversity, triumph, glory and defeat are writ large. Even more strikingly though, sport is used as a lens through which to contemplate a number of society’s most cogent issues: from mechanisms of cultural belonging and marginalisation, gender and race relations, to technology’s impact on our physical limits.

The exhibition will tour nationally 2017-2019. Curated by Jacqueline Doughty, Samantha Comte and Alyce Neal.

Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Jon Campbell, Daniel Crooks, Gabrielle de Vietri, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Shaun Gladwell, Josie Kunoth Petyarre, Dinni Kunoth Kemarre Richard Lewer, Fiona McMonagle, Kerrie Poliness, Khaled Sabsabi and Gerry Wedd.


Image credit: Shaun Gladwell, The Archer (after Chuang Tzu) (still), 2014, single-channel HD video, 16:9 ratio, 10:47 minutes.


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