The Beautiful Game: Highlights from the PFA's Art Collection

Lowry, Going to the match
  • Saturday 26 July 2008 - Sunday 9 November 2008
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • FREE
In celebration of the Professional Footballers' Association's centenary year, this is the first ever public exhibition of work from their art collection.

From posters to paintings and cartoons to ceramics, see over 20 prestigious football themed artworks.

Depictions of world famous football stadiums and scenes of amateurs having a kickabout in the park are among the images on display. Going to the Match, one of Lowry’s best-loved works, portraying Bolton Wanderers fans on their way to a game is also among the highlights.

This prestigious oil painting is being shown alongside artworks by Glen Baxter, Willie Rodger and Peter Blake (perhaps still best-known today for his iconic cover design for Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.) 

The works all range from early 20th century pieces, such as a programme and souvenir from the England Cup Final in 1906, through to a series of contemporary posters specially commissioned for the PFA’s centenary year.

Talent Spotting, Willie Roger, detail

Talent Spotting, (detail) Willie Roger, 1995. Image courtesy the artist and the PFA

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