Play On: The Art of Sport exhibition arrives in Gymea next month

Celebrating ten years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, Play On: The Art of Sport is opening at the Hazelhurst Gallery and Arts Centre in Gymea NSW on 9 December 2017 until 11 February 2018. The exhibition is a dynamic mix of media, with works exploring the sporting genres from community footy, women’s boxing, ground-keeping to gymnastics and AFL.

“NETS Victoria is excited to tour Play On: The art of sport and share these works to a national audience. Covering entries from the last ten years, viewers will get to see the winning works from each prize”, Mardi Nowak, NETS Director said.

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

The prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize (2006 – 2016)  is an Australian biannual exhibition reflecting upon our nation’s obsession of sport. The exhibition features the winners and other key works from all five instalments of the Prize, bringing together explorations of the personal and collective significance of sporting culture from Australian artists.

The sports arena is portrayed as a powerful theatre of emotion, where hope, fear, adversity, triumph, glory and defeat are writ large. The concept will illustrate notions of cultural belonging and marginalisation, gender and race relations, and technology’s impact on our physical limits.

The exhibition will tour nationally between 2017-2019, with a 58 page fully illustrated catalogue available to purchase.

Play On: The Art of Sport, 10 years of the Basil Sellers Prize takes place at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW, from 9 December 2017 – 11 February 2018.


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