The Beautiful Game is an exhibition in three acts bringing together Tom Barnett’s work in the worlds of sculpture, painting, live performance, music, choreography, installation and film.
For the first act of The Beautiful Game the artist gathers round him a cast of archetypes. The primitive, mystical, classical and pedestrian are all represented, given form as Footballer, Astronaut, Musician, Horseman, Poet and Archer, each emblematic of the artist’s preoccupations – sport, the future, childhood, recital, Yorkshire, Ted Hughes, doubt and anxiety, joy and wonder.
Each act is introduced by a new performance and transformation of the space and its contents, featuring collaborators from the worlds of fashion, sport and music. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book designed and co-published with Hato Press.
Exhibtion runs 20 Nov – 20 Dec
Act One begins with a performance at 7pm on 20 Nov
Act Two will begin with a performance on 28 Nov
Act Three will begin with a performance on 12 Dec