Football is the Ballet of the Masses



Tuesday 11 June 2019
6 – 7pm

We’re excited to announce a series of talks that have been programmed alongside Callum Rice’s solo exhibition The Failing Light but Polmadie Shines on display in the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. This series delivered by a variety of academics, writers, artists and historians aims to expand upon some of Callum’s research interests as well as provide an insight into a variety of subjects touched upon by the exhibition.

“Football is the ballet of the masses.”
Dmitri Shostakovich (qualified football referee, obsessive football fan, and occasional composer)

With a capacity of over 100,000 people, Hampden Park was the biggest football stadium ever built when it opened in 1903. By 1910, along with Celtic Park and Ibrox, Glasgow possessed the three largest football stadiums on earth. So how and why did industrial Glasgow become the most important centre of the greatest sport in the world? In this talk Fergus Sutherland of Icosse Heritage Consultants will discuss the wider socio-economic story about the development of football and its links to industry and urbanisation.

Fergus Sutherland is a highly experienced researcher and interpreter with almost thirty years-experience in archaeological and historical research and in developing interpretation strategies and activity plans for the heritage sector. His work has spanned across prehistoric and industrial landscapes, from medieval castles to neoclassical public buildings and he has worked on archaeological, historical and museological projects from the Highlands of Scotland to the United Arab Emirates.

Refreshments will be served at the event.

This event is FREE, however booking is essential.
To book a place visit – Eventbrite

This talk has been generously supported by The WM Mann Foundation & Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

More events have been programmed as part of this series, to find out more visit:

Dr Fiona Skillen, Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6-7pm Women and Sport in Interwar Scotland

Simon Inglis, Tuesday 28 May 2019, 6-7pm Archie Leitch – Man of Steel and Concrete

Neil Clements, Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6-7pm Contemporary Art’s Relationship to Industrial Space

Or if you prefer you can give us a call on 0141 483 1619 or email

Find out more about Callum’s exhibition here: The Failing Light but Polmadie Shines

Both the Studio Pavilion gallery & House for an Art Lover are fully accessible venues. All entrances to the gallery and house have ramped access and there is a lift to allow access to the other levels of the House. All paths around the house and gallery are tarmac which are flat and accessible. There is an audio induction loop in place for use by people with hearing aids. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding access. We have four blue badge parking spaces available on site.

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