Community Engagement Project taking shape in Newmarket

18th August 2016

Throughout Newmarket you may have noticed a number of reproductions of paintings with the slogan 'Explore, Discover, Be Surprised'.

newmarket-heath-stubbs George Stubbs, Newmarket Heath, with a Rubbing-Down House c.1765 © Tate Britain 2016

This is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to allow Newmarket residence a sneak preview into the paintings that are on display in the Fred Packard Galleries of Sporting Art in Palace House. The new National Art Gallery will form one third of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art becoming the finest gallery of British Sporting Art and the permanent home to the British Sporting Art Trust. Significant loans have come in from the Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and British Council Collection to name a few, along with a number of private collections, to showcase three floors of artwork showing the transformation from the traditional 17th century paintings to modern day interpretations of sporting art.

Eight Key images have been chosen to act as ambassadors for the new art gallery at Palace House, named the Fred Packard Museum & Galleries of British Sporting Art. They include works of art by George Stubbs, Sir Alfred Munnings, William Opren and Frederick Herring Senior and showcase some of the different sports that will be on show in

me-as-ray-crawford-julian-germain Julian Germain, Me as Ray Crawford, 1992 on loan from the British Arts Council

the Galleries, such as football, cricket, angling as well as racing some of the traditional field sports. These images can be found throughout Newmarket in places such as, The  Racing Centre, Waitrose, Tesco, the Hospital, the Library, the hoarding on Bird Cage Walk down the High Street and Our Lady Immaculate and St. Etheldreda Catholic Church – and will continue to be put up in community spaces over the next few months.


The project is taking place after the success of the National Gallery’s ‘The Grand Tour’ to introduce the local community and people that might not normally visit an art gallery to the sporting art displays at Palace House. By showing the

the-angler-orpen Sir William Orpen, The Angler, c. 1912 © Tate Britain 2016

replicas of the collection in familiar settings and surroundings it is hoped to highlight the impact sport has had on the cultural life of the country. This is especially pertinent during this

Olympic year. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There will a chance to learn more, and some wonderful post card gifts to take away from the Newmarket Community Market that is taking place on Tuesday 23rd August from 9am – 2.30pm.

More information on the paintings for this project can be found on the website in the ‘Through the Keyhole’ collection.