THE ART OF FOOTBALLIn Events
PHOTOGRAPHY / TERRACE ART / MUSIC / CINEMA / GRAPHIC DESIGN / SYMPOSIA
The city of Liverpool will celebrate the ‘beautiful game’ with four weeks of exhibitions, events and creative hap-penings throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup starting on 14th June. ‘The Art of Football’ is a special season of events showcasing how football is one of the world’s biggest and most unifying conversations.
Liverpool will host three major exhibitions, a symposium, pop-up cinema, a music festival as well as staging a call out for community groups to take part in a football parade with a difference – all in celebration of the creative culture and social fabric which surrounds and underpins football.
Highlights of the programme include ‘Common Ground’, a photography exhibition that captures 40 years of the football community featuring work from Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa and Neil Heard’s critically ac-claimed exhibition of football fashion ‘The Art of the Football Shirt’.
The season of events also includes a number of original commissions. First is the opening parade and exhibition ‘Terrace Tapestries’, lead by revered Liverpool banner artist Peter Carney, featuring terrace art representing all 32 World Cup nations, created in partnership with Liverpool community groups. And on 29th June opens ‘I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Has Never Loved Me’ an artistic response to Umberto Eco’s 1978 essay The Word Cup and Its Pomps, featuring work from Jonathan Barnbrook (David Bowie, Damien Hirst), Brendan Dawes (MoMa, NY) and Kat Gibb (Chemical Brothers).
The convergence of football with music, culture and politics will be represented in the all day festival ‘Disco Soc-rates’ at Constellations on 30th June and at the Green Screen Cinema at the Isla Gladstone in Stanley Park (9th July), and at Tranmere’s Prenton Park (1st July).
The Art of Football takes place at venues across Liverpool from Thursday 15 June to Sunday 15 July, details of the programme include:
14 June – 15 July
Albert Dock Colonnades, Free exhibition
Opening times: Wednesday to Monday (Closed Tuesday), 10am – 5pm
This exhibition seeks to explore the ritualistic behaviour of football fan culture and its development from the game of the working class in the 1980s to the riches of the Premier League today. Curated by Foto Octo, it cap-tures the work of three photographers across different decades and offers a unique insight into how the commu-nity has evolved alongside the might of the now multimillion pound football industry. The photographers are Tom Wood’s whose retrospective spans 40 years, Ken Grant who has been capturing football inspired images since he was a teenager and Tabitha Jussa who examines what it means to be a football supporter in Liverpool.