Fair Play brings sport into the gallery for a new art exhibition at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Fair Play is a wonderfully inspiring new exhibition running from December 9, 2022 to February 26, 2023.

Each chosen artist uses sport as a motif or metaphor to inspire the viewer to reflect on major social issues facing contemporary society, such as post-colonialism, environmentalism, belonging, masculinity and mental health.

Featuring works by multidisciplinary artists including Billy Bain, Amber Boardman, Michael Garbutt and Sehar Naz Janani, Rew Hanks, Lyndal Irons, Kellie O’Dempsey, Ben Rak, Abdullah MI Syed and Gerry Wedd, visitors can expect a body of work that inspires and uplifts.

The exhibition includes artists working in the fields of painting, video, printmaking, ceramics, installation and performance.

The Mayor of Northern Beaches Council said the exhibit will appeal to locals and visitors alike by offering something everyone can relate to.

“Art and sport are important cultural phenomena that allow us to connect and communicate with others at home and around the world – allowing us to venture across borders, cultures, languages ​​and generations to find common ground.

“There is a myth that sport and art are natural enemies, as evidenced by the ongoing debate over the allocation of public funds by governments at all levels in Australia, but this new Fair Play exhibition seeks to bridging the gap between these two cultural forms,” said Mayor Regan.

Exhibition curator Ben Rak said, “This is an insightful exhibition that shows how art and sport both allow us to express ourselves physically, emotionally and intellectually. »

In addition to the artists’ works, the curator has selected works from MAG&M’s collection of paintings, ceramics and sports accessories, to encourage the viewer to think more about the fundamental roles of sport and art.

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James C. Tibbs