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A Sporting Life: Southampton City Art Gallery Open Exhibition


This exhibition features artwork by residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset submitted as part of this year’s open exhibition. In the year of the Olympic Games, we invited artists to take inspiration from the world’s foremost sporting event and celebrate sporting activity, be it walking, running, sailing, football, swimming, climbing or any number of countless activities or diverse sporting pastimes.


The Olympics is renowned for its cultural associations. The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad involved artists such as Bridget Riley, Chris Ofili, Rachel Whiteread and Clare Woods, all of whom are represented in the City’s Art Collection.

Image Credit: Mary Hayllar, The Lawn Tennis Season, 1881, Southampton City Art Gallery

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