ARSENAL football team has a new exhibition

ARSENAL football team has a new exhibition

In an unsuspecting location in the middle of Islington, a red light illuminates down a side street, paving the way for artistic brilliance. Arsenal F.C.’s long legacy of being at the helm for change and diversity in sport sits just a few meters from Angel station.

For almost a year, Arsenal F.C. has worked with Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, critically acclaimed artist Reuben Dangoor, distinguished graphic designer David Rudnick and global Arsenal supporters, club legends, staff, and community to create eight unique artworks that will soon adorn the Emirates Stadium. Their goal is to transform the North London skyline and redefine the meaning of “Togetherness” in 2023 to celebrate the club’s rich history, community values, and relentless pursuit of progress. But were they victorious in their search?

Suppose you’re a complete football novice who spent years in and out of football camps during summer holidays only to get progressively worse at the sport. In that case, this exhibition can make you feel as if you, too, can be a part of the greatness of Arsenal. 

Sports like football can leave many with a feeling of “otherness” and frustrated by the barriers faced to enjoying the sport without judgment. The infamous “girls don’t know the offside rule” argument was a very particular slap in the face that most women remember all too well. 

But recently, with the England Women’s team winning the coveted UEFA Women’s Euro cup last year and the sport’s increasingly visible endeavors to showcase football in a more progressive light, the football feeling is coming home.

Invincible immortalises two of Arsenal’s greatest glories: the men’s invincible Premier League season of 2003/04 and the women’s Champions League winning team of 2006/07.
Eighteen Eighty-Six is a bold, type-based design that symbolises Arsenal’s founding year in Woolwich and courageous move to North London in 1913 in the constant pursuit of progress.

Arsenal’s rich history lies beyond those four walls and upon entry. A mixture of all generations reminded me that the team is still relevant and a staple in the North London community and beyond. Legends from past and present stopped to take the time to pose for photos with adoring fans. The champagne was flowing, compliments were flying for Ian Wright’s glasses, and everyone was fawning over the gorgeous Edu Gaspar (sporting director of Arsenal). 

We All Follow The Arsenal is a rich tapestry that represents the diversity of the Arsenal family and champions the club’s local and global supporters from Islington to India and beyond.
We All Follow The Arsenal is a rich tapestry that represents the diversity of the Arsenal family and champions the club’s local and global supporters from Islington to India and beyond.

But there was so much more than that happening at the event. The powerful and emotive stories that lay behind each of the arresting designs were captivating. The designs are impressive in their goal to emphasise that the inclusivity of the team reaches beyond the fans.

Remember Who You Are pays homage to the memories and history of Arsenal’s former home, Highbury. This stunning representation of the stadium’s East Stand – one of football’s architectural masterpieces – is firmly rooted in the club’s DNA, with special moments in time featuring some of Arsenal’s greatest players and managers included throughout the artwork.

Fabulous and moving portraits packed with cultural references from Arsenal’s illustrious history and their involvement with countries across the globe. The kids were taking TikTok’s with Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal captain)Chris MD (Youtuber and overall, Arsenal fanatic) was singing the club praises to Arsenal T.V. Chants of the immortalized “Invincibles” vibrated throughout the venue.

From an exhibition standpoint, it felt inclusive and accessible, the staff were friendly and helpful, and at no point did the idea of being amongst living legends feel alienating.

Supporters are welcome to view the exhibition of the new artwork from Thursday, 12 January – Saturday, 14 January, between 10 AM – 4 pm at Candid Arts Trust, 3-5 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ.

Discover more from GUAP’s Art & Culture section here

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Maygan Forbes

Born in a small suburb in North London, Maygan Forbes has spent the majority of her life studying in cold cities and defending the spelling of her name. When she’s not having an extended quarter life crisis in Soho Theatre bar, she can often be seen gathering creative inspiration from the streets of Crouch End or her second home: 3tribes Hot Yoga studio.

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