Play On: The art of sport

Curatorium: Jacqueline Doughty, Samantha Comte, Alyce Neal

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

Play On: The art of sport, celebrating 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, is now open at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and will run until 29 April 2018.

The Basil Sellers Art Prize (2006 – 2016) was a prestigious and distinctively Australian biennial exhibition that reflected upon one of our great national obsessions – sport. Featuring the winners and other key works from all five instalments 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.

Play On: The art of sport encompasses a dynamic range of media, with works that respond to an equally extensive range of sporting genres, including community footy, women’s boxing, ground-keeping, gymnastics and AFL. They 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.

Mardi Nowak, NETS Director said: “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 10 years, viewers will get to see the winning works from each Prize”.

The exhibition will tour nationally 2017-2019 and is accompanied by a 67 page fully illustrated catalogue that is available to purchase at all participating galleries.


Play On: The art of sport
10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery,
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road
Mornington, VIC 3931