Play On: The art of sport

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2 March - 29 April 

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

Play On: The art of sport is a selection of key works from the Basil Sellers Art Prize, a former biennial exhibition of new commissions that reflect upon sport and sporting culture. One of Australia’s richest and most prestigious art awards, the Basil Sellers Art Prize inspired innovative and complex explorations of sport from a rollcall of Australia’s most accomplished artists. Play On distils the best of these works into an engaging touring exhibition that gives audiences throughout Australia the opportunity to view familiar sporting concepts through a sometimes surprising lens.

Featuring work by Jon Campbell, Richard Lewer, Shaun Gladwell, Daniel Crooks, Tony Albert, Fiona McMonagle, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Lauren Brincat, Gabrielle de Vietri amongst others.

Free guided tours of the exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

Related events

To celebrate this important exhibition MPRG is hosting a family day on Saturday 7 April. Enjoy sporting activities, facepainting, Kung Fu, a giant rock climbing wall, tours of the exhibition and art activities designed for the whole family. $15 family pass, includes 12 activity tickets and unlimited access to the Gallery.

The play off will continue on the 27 March when artist and boxer Richard Lewer joins Jon Campbell at the net to chat over a game of table tennis. This unconventional champion’s play off will pitch brawn against brain, wit against spin.

And on 13 April you can join artist Kerrie Poliness at Hastings foreshore for a picnic and to create field line markings.


Image: Richard Lewer, The theatre of sports 2016 (detail), oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artist, Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney and Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide. Photo credit: Andrew Curtis
National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria.

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