Play On: The art of sport to open at Devonport Regional Gallery

A NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne touring exhibition.

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 set to open at its third touring venue, Devonport Regional Gallery, from 7 July until 19 August 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 to Devonport for this Tasmanian exclusive of this exhibition. We pride ourselves in sharing the best of contemporary art, craft and design from Victoria and beyond.

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

Public program: Twilight talk and in-conversation
Thursday 16 August 2018, 5:30pm
Free event
Join Alyce Neal, co-curator of Play On: the art of sport for an overview of 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize. Exhibiting artist and finalist of the Prize, Fiona McMonagle will then join Alyce for an in- conversation to discuss boxing, watercolors and her career to date.

Play On: The art of sport
10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize Devonport Regional Gallery
45 Stewart Street,
Devonport TAS 7310

Khaled Sabsabi
Wonderland 2014
Dual channel HD video
Colour, sound
25 minutes 30 seconds
Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery Brisbane

National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. NETS Victoria also receives significant in-kind support from the National Gallery of Victoria.