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Play On: The Art of Sport

Art and Sport explored through the lenses of leading Australian contemporary artists.


Play On: The art of sport celebrates 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, the prestigious and distinctively Australian biennial exhibition that reflects upon one of our great national obsessions – sport.

Featuring the winners and other key works from all five installments of the Prize, the exhibition brings together diverse explorations of the personal and collective significance of sport and sporting culture from some of Australia’s most accomplished artists

The exhibition encompasses a dynamic range of media including painting, sculpture, video, drawing and mixed-media installation with works that respond to an equally extensive range of sporting genres, including community footy, women’s boxing, ground-keeping, gymnastics and AFL.

The artists portray the sports arena as a powerful theatre of emotion, where hope, fear, adversity, triumph, glory and defeat are writ large. Even more strikingly though, sport is used as a lens through which to contemplate a number of society’s most cogent issues: from mechanisms of cultural belonging and marginalisation, gender and race relations, to technology’s impact on our physical limits.

Curators: Jacqueline Doughty, Samantha Comte and Alyce Neal.

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


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Play On: The Art of Sport

Devonport Regional Gallery
45-47 Stewart Street, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

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