The Art of Football” is a working title for a four year project  to develop the National Football Museum’s art collection through the acquisition of priority works, inspired by or depicting football.

Key areas of work to be undertaken include:

  • the development a new contemporary art collections policy for NFM
  • research into the recent phenomena of public-realm art referencing football
  • the creation of a completely new collection of artist’s video and new media work relating to football

The project is led by John O’Shea, Art Curator and Programme Manager at the National Football Museum in Manchester, UK, and will connect with the public through our Out of Play project, supported by Arts Council England.

Further to this, the project will encompass staff training, collections management and the development of stronger relationships with partner art organisations.  Aspects of Art of Football will be devised working in liaison with Prof. Mike O’Mahony at the University of Bristol, History of Art Department as well as further invited academic and institutional colleagues as the project develops.

The project will take as its starting point the seminal Football and the Fine Arts Competition (won by L. S. Lowry in 1953) and the resulting research & new acquisitions will be highlighted during 2017 with an exhibition at National Football Museum celebrating the art and imagery of the world’s favourite sport.

The Art of Football is a Collecting Cultures project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The lead partner is National Football Museum, based at Urbis Building, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, M4 3BG.

The main contact for the project is John O’Shea, Art Curator and Programme Manager at National Football Museum: john.oshea (at) nationalfootballmuseum (dot) com

The project was developed in partnership with Prof. Mike O’Mahony at University of Bristol, History of Art Department, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1TH, UK.

Further partners and contributors will be listed here as the project develops.


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