World Cup inspires new art

The Gain Line by Ravi Deepres
The Gain Line by Ravi Deepres

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum are celebrating the Rugby World Cup with a new premiere and exhibition.

Award-winning contemporary artist Ravi Deepres is behind The Gain Line, which premiered on Saturday, September 12.

It takes inspiration from the hypothetical line on a rugby field which teams strive to cross to gain the advantage.

Deepres’ artwork focuses on the “physiological, psychological and tactical dimensions of rugby” and “celebrates its social, historical and cultural impact.”

Commissioned by the museum and gallery in partnership with Film and Video Umbrella, it promises to “take audiences on a unique journey into the heart of the game.”

Of the piece, Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, said it “promises to give a unique insight into the world of rugby and become a valued addition to the council’s Rugby Collection of fine art.”

Timms said that Deepres’ piece is just one of many exhibitions and events that celebrates “the borough’s status as the Proud Home of the game.”

Deepres’ work has received international exposure, commissioned by the Royal Opera House and many others.

The Rugby Football Open exhibition has also made its debut at the gallery.

Local artists were asked to submit pieces inspired by the sport, with a panel choosing 20 pieces to go on display.

The exhibition features a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, drawings, film, textiles, ceramics and sculptures, with a variety of interpretations of the rugby theme.

Both The Gain Line and the Rugby Football Open exhibition will be open until January 9.