£200K for football art in Manchester
Manchester’s National Football Museum has scored with lottery bosses and netted almost £200K to collect artworks inspired by the beautiful game.
The £199,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will also allow the museum to expand the public progamme and learning opportunities created via its Arts Council England funded art, technology and learning programme Out Of Play.
Deputy director David Pearson said the museum was very excited about the opportunity to develop the art collection.
He said: “Football-related art is such a rich and expanding subject, from poster art, to sculptures, to video and new media. This project will also enable us to expand our ambitious programme to engage increasingly diverse audiences through art and football.”
From poster art and advertising inspired by Pop Art and mass media in the 1960s & 70s, to the little-researched subject of Public Realm artwork in football and the range of opportunities created for artists by the rise of video, the project will enhance public access to and understanding of art inspired by football.
A new exhibition will be planned, featuring highlights from the museum’s art collection.
The museum will work alongside the University of Bristol History of Art Department to identify key acquisitions, train staff and develop the organisation’s already fascinating art collection.
National Football Museum says it will build relationships with other arts organisations and use the opportunity provided by the funding to bring new audiences.