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New Oxford fellowship to link sports, art

PTI London | Updated on April 12, 2011

Oxford University has established what is believed to be the world’s first academic fellowship to capture the link between sports and art.

Under the Legacy Fellowship programme, an artist in Oxford will work alongside student sports persons to reflect on the build-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a university release said.

The fellowship is a collaboration between the University’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University Sport and Modern Art Oxford, and will comprise a 12-month residency at the University’s Iffley Road sports complex, which is an officially recognised pre-games training camp.

“The black-and-white picture of an exhausted Roger Bannister crossing the finish line in his record-breaking run at the Iffley Road stadium is one of the most iconic images in sports and provides the award with an entirely fitting symbol in terms of achievement and durability,” Mr Paul Bonaventura from the Ruskin School said.

“Working alongside student sportswomen and sportsmen and competitors bound for London 2012, the artist will produce a new body of work in time for the start of the Olympics on 27 July 2012,” he added.

Iffley Road sports complex hosts the Oxford Boat Race crew for their indoor training and is the home ground of Oxford University Rugby Football Club.

Published on April 12, 2011

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