Lord Mayor opens Masters of Art and Sport exhibition to celebrate Stoke as European City of Sport

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An artistic collaboration between Olympic gold medal winner, Darren Campbell and late British artist, Philippe Aird has been unveiled in Hanley.

The former British sprinter supported the opening of the Masters of Art and Sport exhibition at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

The art on display also includes abstract work by Aird and Staffordshire-based award-winning sports artist, Paine Proffitt, in celebration of Stoke being named as European City of Sport 2016.

Darren Campbell Masters of art and Sport

 

The Lord Mayor, of Stoke-on-Trent, Anthony Munday, who formally opened the exhibition said: “This exhibition is very important for Stoke-on-Trent, as it ties in the European City of Stoke with the look forward to City of culture 2021.

“The great tragedy of course is that Philippe very suddenly passed away, but maybe he’s twinkling down and looking upon us and admiring.

“I’m sure he’d be very proud if he was here today.”

Lord Mayor Anthony Munday

Paine Proffitt, an American artist living in Newcastle-under-Lyme, said: “A lot of my work focuses on local heritage in the football clubs in the area.

“To come and see other people take local pride and share in the celebration is just an honour to be a part of.”

The exhibition has been set up to represent the legacy of Stoke-on-Trent and the passion of both sport and art within the city.

City Sport’s Ambassador Emily Nelson, 19-year-old GB Cyclist, said: “I definitely think that sport is an art.

“I think it’s the comparison between sport and art, you don’t have to be a sport person or an art person to express art, you can do it in any form.”

Paine Proffitt American ArtistThe exhibition is open to the public from 29 October 2016 and will run until 12 February 2017.

For more about last night’s opening check out our video below.

(Video by Yesim Kandemir)

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