Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art Study Day

Arts Lecture Theatre 1, Arts Building, University of Birmingham Edgbaston Campus, (R16 on Edgbaston Campus Map), Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Alumni, Arts and Law, International, Research, Sport, Students, Teaching
Monday 13th June 2011 (11:00-16:30)
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For more information (including a full list of speakers attending) and to book places, contact the Barber Education Department on 0121 414 2261 or

Cheques should be made payable to ‘University of Birmingham

The Barber serves an ace this summer as it stages the first ever exhibition exploring tennis in art – Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art (27 May – 18 September 2011) – complemented by the more historically focused display; A Gem of a Game: The Roots of Lawn Tennis in the West Midlands (27 May – 29 August 2011). 

The Study Day offers a unique opportunity to explore the key themes of both Court on Canvas and A Gem of a Game with a packed and lively programme of talks, lectures and discussion sessions. Issues covered will include the origins of the game in the Birmingham suburb of Edgbaston, the changing role of women on court, the social aspects, artists that played and painted the game, and the continuing inspiration tennis provides for artists today. 

Speakers include:

-         Professor Ann Sumner (curator of Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art and editor of the accompanying publication)

-         Professor Kenneth McConkey (co-author of Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art publication)

-         Robert Holland (co-author of Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art publication)

-         Tim Wilcox (sporting art specialist)

-         Anne Moore (Berwick-on-Tweed Art Gallery

£35, including lunch and refreshments (£25 Friends of the Barber Institute/Over 60s, £15 students).

Booking essential.