Two exciting new temporary exhibitions

17th January 2017

GODS OF SPORT - Fifty years of sporting photography

26th January – 18th June 2017

Chris Smith has devoted half a century to capturing the drama, beauty, a-series-of-pictures-of-muhammad-ali-in-training-for-his-first-and-second-fights-with-joe-frazier
challenges and elation of sport. Chris began photographing sporting events in the 1960s for the now-defunct Daily Herald, winning several awards, and then joined the Observer in 1970. In 1976 he moved to The Sunday Times, acting as their principal sports photographer for 30 years. This exhibition celebrates five decades of Smiths iconic work, with over 50 photographs including Mohamed Ali, George Best, Ayrton Senna, Seve Ballesteros, Lester Piggott, Sir Henry Cecil along with a selection from Olympic Games in Barcelona, Montreal and Moscow. See more more the collection here.

Boxiana: Heroes of the Ring

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In the smaller upstairs temporary exhibition space there will be an additional temporary exhibition named ‘Boxiana: Heroes of the Ring’. This will explore the prize-fighters from Daniel Mendoza and Richard Humphries in 1788 through to the inaugural ‘world title’ international boxing match that took place between Sayers and Heenan. The exhibition contains the British Sporting Art Trust's collection of prints and a private loan. See more of the collection here.

Gods of Sport and Boxiana are the second temporary exhibition in the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art which was opened by The Queen on 3rd November 2016. The new world class attraction comprises three complimentary attractions, a new National Horseracing Museum, a live horse experience in the flagship yard to Retraining of Racehorses Charity and a national gallery of British Sporting Art.