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The Art of Football

24 February 2015

Dr Mike O'Mahony to advise the National Football Museum following major Heritage Lottery Fund grant

The Art of Football

The National Football Museum has received a grant of £199,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Collecting Cultures scheme in order to expand its collection of artworks inspired by or depicting the beautiful game. Mike O’Mahony will advise the NFM on acquisition as well as setting up workshops with the Museum curatorial staff to develop programmes for promoting and presenting the extensive art collection of the museum to the public. The three-year project will conclude with an exhibition displaying new acquisitions alongside other works from the collection.

Mike O’Mahony has previously worked with the museum advising them on loan acquisitions, including Picasso’s Footballeur (1965) and Charles Ernest Cundall’s A Chelsea Cup Tie (1923).

The project will enhance public access to and understanding of art inspired by football, from poster art and advertising in- spired by Pop Art and mass media in the 1960s & 70s, to the little-researched subject of foot- ball-related art in the public arena.

In the official press release, David Pearson, Deputy Director of the National Football Museum, said: “We are very excited about the opportunity to develop our art collection. 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.”

Mike O’Mahony added that he was “very much looking forward to working with the National Football Museum to explore the fascinating subject of football inspired art and to assist the museum to select and acquire some key works that can inspire and engage their many thousands of visitors.”

For more information visit the National Football Museum website.

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