The Art of the Football Shirt

Friday 15th Jun - Thursday 28th Jun
12:00 am
The Art of the Football Shirt
Football Shirt Exhibition
Neal Heard
Camp & Furnace / 14th June – 28th June 2018
Opening times: From One Hour Before Kick Off On All World Cup Match Days
Curated by fashion historian Neal Heard, The Art of the Football Shirt explores the relationship between football and popular culture. Showcasing a curated selection of over 100 sartorially sound, obscure and vintage football shirts, it will show how team kits of previous generations have gained iconic status and how they have crossed paths with the worlds of music, fashion and politics. In the exhibition, Heard shares his vast knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to tell a story that goes beyond the realms of the beautiful game.The show will be housed within a dedicated pop-up gallery space at Baltic Triangle venue, Camp & Furnace, which will also be showing all games during this summer’s World Cup. The show will be open from one hour before Kick Off on all match days from 14th June – 28th June.


Graphic Design & Illustration Exhibition
Produced by LJMU School Of Art & Design
Camp & Furnace / 29th June – 15th July 2018
Opening times: From One Hour Before Kick Off On All World Cup Match Days

I Don’t Love Soccer Because Soccer Never Loved Me takes a critical look at “the beautiful game” through the lens of graphic design and illustration.  The exhibition presents artwork from an international selection of graphic artists made in response to an essay titled The World Cup and Its Pomps written in 1978 by the famous Italian semiotician, intellectual and writer, Umberto Eco. Published in his collection of essays Travels in Hyperreality (1986), Eco links football “with the absence of purpose and the vanity of all things” questioning the corrosive banality of its punditry, its inherent prejudice and exclusivity and its (a)political morality. The essay concludes with Eco asking rhetorically “Is the armed struggle possible on World Cup Sunday…Is revolution possible on a football Sunday?”

Confirmed artists include world renowned designer and typographer Jonathan Barnbrook (David Bowie’s Blackstar and Damien Hirst publication I Want to Spend the Rest of My Life…), Brendan Dawes (digital artist and designer who has work in the permanent collection at MoMA, NY), Craig Oldham (In Loving Memory of Work) and Kat Gibb (long time Chemical Brothers collaborator).

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