The Art of Football celebrates our favourite game with month long exhibition in Liverpool

‘Four decades of football fan culture in photographs from Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa’

Football is a global passion that connects people from all walks of life.  It is a common thread that can be an important ritual spanning across cultures, religion, gender and race.  

As part of the city’s Art of Football programme, coinciding with the FIFA World Cup, Common Ground is a new exhibition curated by Foto Octo that seeks to explore the ritualistic behaviour of football fan culture and its development from the game of the working class in the 1980s, to the riches of the Premier League today.

Combining the work of acclaimed photographers Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa across four different decades, the images will offer a unique insight into how the locale has evolved alongside the might of the now multi-million pound football industry and serve as a springboard to discussions about a wider fan culture that encompasses music, fashion and politics.

Taking up residence at Albert Dock Liverpool on The Colonnades from 14th June to 15th July, Common Ground forms part of Art of Football, celebrating the global game with four weeks of exhibitions, events and creative happenings throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  

Chris Wright, portfolio manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, who own and manage the majority of the commercial interests on the Dock, said:

“Common Ground will be a fantastic addition to Albert Dock this summer, and another great reason to drop us a visit and see what changes are coming to the Dock as we continue to add exciting and diverse new operators to our units.

“The history of Albert Dock and the impact its regeneration had on Liverpool in the 1980s and beyond makes us the perfect home to host this retrospective look at the beautiful game and its place in the fabric of the city. Knowing just how passionate people are about football in Liverpool, Common Ground will be a huge success, especially as World Cup fever takes hold!”

Art of Football incorporates three major exhibitions, a symposium, pop-up cinema, a music festival and a ‘Terrace Tapestries’ parade representing the city’s diverse communities, all in celebration of the creative culture and the social fabric which surrounds and underpins football. Art of Football forms part of Liverpool 2018 – a programme of events marking a decade since the city’s game-changing year as European Capital Culture. #Liverpool2018

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