Gerald Cains on Saturday Taxpayers (1953)

On Tuesday 14th of April Sally Hawley and John O’Shea travelled to Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy to meet with Gerald Cains – painter of “Saturday Taxpayers”.

Using a small digital sound recorder we conducted some oral history recordings relating to:

  • Gerald’s memory of the 1953 exhibition
  • his inspiration for this specific work
  • the development of his painting in the time since then (including his entry to 2006/07’s One Love exhibition at the Lowry in Salford)
  • his thoughts regards football as a topic for art

The interview took a little over an hour and the resulting recordings have been added to an archive folder on our server for further research. Published below is is short excerpt where Gerald Cains describes his initial inspiration for the work Saturday Taxpayers”:

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Project Dissemination

Article in University of Bristol School of Humanities Newsletter:

Dr Mike O’Mahony to work with the National Football Museum on A Heritage Lottery Fund Project.

The National Football Museum has received a grant of £199,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Collecting Cultures scheme in order to expand its collection of artworks inspired by or depicting the beautiful game. Mike O’Mahony will advise the NFM on acquisition as well as setting up workshops with the Museum curatorial staff to develop programmes for promoting and presenting the extensive art collection of the museum to the public. The three-year project will conclude with an exhibition displaying new acquisitions alongside other works from the collection.

Mike O’Mahony has previously worked with the museum advising them on loan acquisitions, including Picasso’s Footballeur (1965) and Charles Ernest Cundall’s A Chelsea Cup Tie (1923).

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