A new film commissioned to celebrate this year’s Rugby World Cup premieres at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum this autumn.
The Gain Line, by award-winning contemporary artist Ravi Deepres, promises to take audiences on a unique journey into the heart of the game.
The Gain Line will become a permanent addition to the Rugby Collection of fine artNikki Grange, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Taking inspiration from the gain line, the hypothetical line on the rugby field which teams endeavour to cross to gain territory, the artwork focuses on three pivotal parts of the game - the scrum, the line-out and the penalty kick.
As well as exploring the physiological, psychological and tactical dimensions of rugby, The Gain Line also celebrates its social, historical and cultural impact.
During the project, Deepres has filmed at Twickenham during the Six Nations Tournament and visited the birthplace of the game - filming a Rugby Lions training session and match, and recording Rugby School boys playing a game on The Close.
The Gain Line was commissioned by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella.
It premieres at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on September 12 - just a week before England play the opening game of the World Cup.
The film will also be presented at Bath’s Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts and Leicester’s Phoenix arts centre.
Nikki Grange, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s arts, heritage and visitor services manager, said: “The Gain Line will become a permanent addition to the Rugby Collection of fine art, supporting Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s commitment to collecting contemporary film work by British artists.”
Ravi Deepres, an artist, film-maker and photographer, has established an international reputation for his still and moving image work.
The Gain Line runs from September 12 to January 9.