Play on: The art of sport / 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize

09 Dec 2017 — 03 Nov 2019

Play on: The art of sport celebrates 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize, the prestigious and distinctively Australian biannual exhibition that reflected upon one of our great national obsessions – sport. Featuring the winners and other key works from all five instalments of the prize, the exhibition brings together diverse explorations of the personal and collective significance of sport and sporting culture from some of Australia’s most accomplished artists.

Play on: The art of sport encompasses a dynamic range of media, with works that respond to an equally extensive range of sporting genres, including community football, women’s boxing, gymnastics and AFL. They portray the sports arena as a powerful theatre of emotion, where hope, fear, adversity, triumph, glory and defeat are writ large. Even more strikingly, though, sport is used as a lens through which to contemplate a number of society’s most topical issues: from mechanisms of cultural belonging and marginalisation, gender and race relations to technology’s impact on our physical limits.


Participating artists include Tony Albert, Richard Bell, Lauren Brincat, Jon Campbell, Daniel Crooks, Gabrielle de Vietri, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Shaun Gladwell, Richard Lewer, Fiona McMonagle, Josie Kunoth Petyarre and Dinni Kunoth Kemarre, Kerrie Poliness, Khaled Sabsabi and Gerry Wedd.

Play on: The art of sport / 10 years of the Basil Sellers Art Prize is a NETS Victoria and Ian Potter Museum of Art touring exhibition.

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, NSW
09 Dec 2017 – 11 Feb 2018

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
02 Mar – 29 Apr 2018

Devonport Regional Gallery, TAS
07 Jul – 19 Aug 2018

UQ Art Museum, QLD
24 Nov 2018 – 3 Feb 2019

Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA
8 Mar – 5 May 2019

Riddoch Art Gallery, SA
24 May – 2 Aug 2019

Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW
31 Aug – 3 Nov 2019