Sunderland gallery owner asks SAFC fans to submit artworks to football exhibition

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A city gallery owner is asking SAFC fans to draw upon their passion for the beautiful game to create their own artworks.

Ken Devine is calling on fans to contribute to the Art of Football exhibition he is running at his Frederick Street Gallery in Sunniside.

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

The exhibition already features striking portraits of sporting heroes, such as Ronaldo, Giggs and Messi, as well as art works created in celebration of SAFC. But Ken has left a number of areas blank so that fans can contribute their own works, whether that be a doodle on a sketch wall or paintings and sculptures they can drop off at the gallery, which is on the corner of Frederick Street and Athenaeum Street.

No previous artistic experience is needed, just a passion for football.

Ken said: “This is a unique opportunity for fans to see their art on the walls of a fine art gallery. I’ve created a wall on which fans can doodle or sketch pieces or they can bring artworks they’ve created at home into the gallery. They just need to give me a price they’d like to sell the pieces for.

“The gallery would take a small commission but this is a chance for them to sell their work. I remember saving my pocket money to go and see my favourite Sunderland players in the sixties. Once football gets you, you’re hooked and this is about expressing that passion.”

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

He added: “We want to know what fans think of the opposition or current squad. We want them to share their passion, hopes, fears, dreams, ambitions and memories.”

Fans are being asked to submit works ahead of a celebratory evening on October 25 between 6pm and 8pm in which all the works can be viewed together.

Ken will also be creating a 3D tour of the Art of Football exhibition which will be available online.

Anyone interested in submitting works can do so during gallery open hours, which are Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm.

Some of the work already featured in Art of Football

Some of the work already featured in Art of Football

Works celebrating SAFC

Works celebrating SAFC

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art

Frederick Street Gallery owner Ken Devine invites football fans to contribute art