Fields of Vision: The Arts In Sport Publication


Cover Photo: Jason Minsky

The publication Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport resulting from the Conference is available here:

LSA No. 125 Fields of Vision: The Arts in Sport edited by Jonathan Long, Jim Parry, Doug Sandle and Karl Spracklen

The Fields of Vision one day conference on the arts and sport took place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on the 30th November 2012. Convened by Leeds Rugby Arts (Leeds Rugby Foundation) in association with the Research Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure (RISPAL) at Leeds Metropolitan University, its initial aim was to bring together individuals and organisations from the arts, sport and culture with an interest in the historical, contemporary and future role of the arts in sport. Given the high profile involvement of culture and the arts with sport during the Cultural Olympiad (the four years leading up to the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London, 2012) it was envisaged that Fields of Vision would provide an apposite opportunity for sharing experience, discussing issues and establishing an impetus for future initiatives for the arts in sport. An associated Fields of Vision Arts Programme, supported by Arts Council England, was conceived to provide conference attendees and a wider public a more direct experience of the creative arts and their contemporary relationship to sport.

Fields of Vision, while also enabling arts practitioners to benefit from its opportunities for networking and professional development, led to twelve new works in visual art, poetry, performance and the production of a DVD of examples of contemporary art practice related to sport. With a conference that included academics, researchers, arts practitioners, cultural producers and policy-makers, Fields of Vision addressed professional practice in the context of history, theory and policy. In keeping with the traditions of the Leisure Studies Association, the conference brought together different constituents of leisure, in this case the arts and sports. Accordingly, several aspects of the nature of this relationship are exemplified by the papers selected for inclusion in this book; it is a relationship that encompasses, and has implications for, both theory and practice.


Editors’ Introduction
Jonathan Long, Jim Parry, Doug Sandle and Karl Spracklen

Every Stadium Should Have an Art Gallery
Doug Sandle

Performing Victory in Mexico City, San José and Martinique
Mike O’Mahony

The Thierry Henry Statue: A Hollow Icon?
Ffion Thomas and Chris Stride

Sex, Class and the Critique of Sport in Lindsay Anderson’s This Sporting Life
Tony Collins

From V to Y: Leeds United and Northern Realist Writers
Anthony Clavane

Opera Man and the Meeting of ‘Tastes’
Jonathan Long

The Sporting Image: Engaging Students and Staff in Creativity
Iain Adams and Clive Palmer

Movement Inside, Movement Outside: The Arts, Creativity and Sport
Julian Manley

Kick It Out: Art, Sport and Pedagogy
Nigel D. Morpeth

Extreme Exposures: The Practice and Narratives of Channel Swimming as a Methodology for the Creation of Contemporary Art
Lisa Stansbie

Jump and Draw: An Interdisciplinary Project Using Art and Sport to Create a Third Space of Learning in Primary School Education
Paul Digby and Liz Stirling

Create The Physical: imove and the Art of Human Movement
Tessa Gordziejko

Appendix: The Fields of Vision Arts Programme
Doug Sandle


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On the Edge: The Moving Body in Art and Sport

Photo of work by Mandy Long

Photography by Kathryn Smith

Mandy Long’s ceramic sculptures are on display at Headingley Carnegie Stadium Cafe until 6 December. The exhibition demonstrates Mandy’s fascination with competitive sports and with contemporary dance. Her figurative ceramic and glass sculptures are made using the raku firing technique, and invite the viewer to take a closer look at fleeting moments that show the strength and fragility of the human body. The exhibition is open daily Mon-Fri from 9..30-4.30pm and the cafe is accessible from St Michael’s Lane, LS6 3BR.

The exhibition is part of the Fields of Vision – the arts and sport conference and arts programme convened by Leeds Rugby Arts (Leeds Rugby Foundation) and the Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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On Your Marks…An Entertaining Revue on the theme of sport & games

Join us for an light-hearted evening of performance, dance, song, literature and poetry on the theme of sport and games. On Your Marks includes two dance performances for Leeds Rhinos and Leeds United Football Club, performed by young people and fans, directed by Phoenix Dance Theatre. The revue-style evening will include performances by PALM (staff and performance students from Leeds Metropolitan University) supported by poets and singers. Grab a drink at the bar and sit back for an entertaining & thought-provoking evening exploring physical challenges, competitive sports and the art of fair play.

On Your Marks, Tuesday 27 November, 7.45pm, £4.00

St Chad’s Hall, Leeds LS16 5JT

Tickets on the door or in advance until Sat 24th November from HEART Centre, Headingley, LS6 3HN, 0113 275 4548.

Fields of Vision conference delegates can request complimentary tickets in advance by contacting Doug Sandle on

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Download the Fields of Vision Newsletter July/August 2012 – Imaging the Games: The Olympics in Art and Visual Culture, This Sporting Life (1963), Contemporary Artists Discuss Their Work, The Cultural Olympiad, Andrew McMillan, Great North Run Culture, Sport in Museums

Fields of Vision 2012 Newsletter July Update

Fields of Vision Newsletter July 2012 Update

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Fields of Vision conference news in the march newsletter featuring our call for papers, Dancing with Rhinos, Anthony Clavane, imove & Dr. Beatriz Garcia

Fields of Vision - March Newsletter 2012

Click the image to download the Fields of Vision conference newsletter for March 2012.

Fields of Vision Newsletter March

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Call for papers, proposals and registration of interest


Convened by Leeds Rugby Arts (Leeds Rugby Foundation) and hosted in association with the Carnegie Research Institute (Leeds Metropolitan University) to bring together those interested or engaged in the historical and contemporary relationship between the arts and sport, to facilitate interdisciplinary partnerships and to further opportunities for both knowledge and practice.

arts, sport and aesthetics ▪ the celebration and expression of sport through the arts ▪ the cultural representation of sport and physicality ▪ design and architecture in sport ▪ critique and cultural policy ▪ showcase opportunities for arts practitioners and cultural producers

To register your interest in attending and to receive further information including details of early bird conference fees, contact the conference administrator Samantha Armitage and if applicable please detail your organisation / institution.

Abstracts and proposals for papers and presentations (300 words) should be submitted electronically to the administrator ASAP, but no later than March 13th 2012. For arts projects, examples may be submitted as attachments or web links, but no DVDs or slides.

[Convening steering group members from Bupa Great North Run Culture, Charles University Prague, De Montfort University International Centre of Sports History and Culture, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds Rugby Foundation, Leisure Studies Association, Regional Creative Programme London 2012.]

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