Book Launch – Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art

24-26 High Street, Birmingham, Waterstones
Thursday 30th June 2011 (17:30-19:00)
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Visitors have been flocking to see Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts since the exhibition opened on May 27. It is the first ever show to explore the depiction of tennis in art and runs until 18 September at the University of Birmingham-based gallery. 

However, you can now take the action home with you,thanks to the publication of the accompanying book, Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art. The book will be launched onThursday 30 June and we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating thisstunning publication. 

The launch takes place at Waterstones, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, 5.30 – 7 pm and will be hosted by Professor Ann Sumner, Editor of the book, curator of Court on Canvas and Director of the Barber Institute. Ann will relate how the project was conceived and collated, as well as discuss key images from the book. Also in attendance will be co-authors and tennis experts Susan Elks and Robert Holland. All three will be signing copies of the book, which will be available to purchase.
Featuring the work of artists as diverse as Spencer Gore, LS Lowry, Eric Ravilious, Stanley Spencer, EH Shepard (of Winnie-the-Pooh fame) David Hockney and Tom Phillips, Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art offers an illuminating overview of the artistic trends during the last 150 years. Other highlights from the book’s 180 colour plates include The Tennis Party by Sir John Lavery and the iconic Athena ‘Tennis Girl’ poster from the 1970s.
The book also celebrates the origins of tennis in Birmingham and the West Midlands (lawn tennis was pioneered at 8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston), and considers the game’s wider social and historical impact, including the role of women in the sport.
Wedo hope you can join us for a lively evening overa glass of wine and some good company.
Attendance is FREE but please RSVP:  0121 414 8636 or
Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art
Ann Sumner (ED), with Kenneth McConkey, Robert Holland, Susan Elks

Published inpaperback by I.B. Tauris on 30 June 2011
ISBN 9780856677069