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.
- 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).