Court in Conversation

Monday 9th May 2011 (18:30-20:30)
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Sir John Lavery – A Rally, 1885. Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums; By courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel’s Widow and Son Ltd., London on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts presents their new exhibition Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art from 27 May - 18 September 2011. The show will be preceded by a fantastic public curtain-raiser event in London - Court in Conversation, to be held at Christie’s South Kensington on Monday 9 May, 6.30 - 8.30 pm. 

The first game of lawn tennis was played in 1859 by Major Harry Gem and his friend, Jean Batista Augurio Perera, on a court at the latter's home, 8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston. This unique show at the Barber – less than half a mile away from Ampton Road – is the first-ever to explore the subject of tennis in art. It brings together paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by the game, including Sir John Lavery’s iconic The Tennis Party andother works by artists as diverse as LS Lowry, Eric Ravilious, Stanley Spencer, EH Shepard (of Winnie the Pooh fame) and David Hockney. The main exhibition will be accompanied by a large display of historic tennis equipment, photographs and memorabilia tracing the origins of the game and the importance of Edgbaston as its birthplace. 

Barber Director, Professor Ann Sumner will discuss Court on Canvas, its themes, and issues that have arisen during the curation ofthe exhibition, with BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones. It will all be set against abackdrop of projected images of some of the wonderful tennis paintings to befeatured in the show.

Tickets: £20, including wine and nibbles.

Venue: Christie's South Kensington, 85 Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LD