The Sporting League by Marc Renshaw

ARTSPACE, | 29/10/2011 : 27/11/2011

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Since the age of six, artist Marc Renshaw has been recording all the joys and heartaches of his very own fictional football league. Season upon season his notebooks of handwritten scores and statistics convey the highs and lows of teams such as ‘Bayerns’, Tranquilayers’, ‘Delta’ and ‘Olby’ that make up The Sporting League.

Decades later and his obsession is still going strong as this latest exhibition shows. With yards of facts, fixtures and trivia, Marc brings his fantasy football to life creating a fully realised parallel world.

Marc studied Fine Art at the University of Wolverhampton before going onto Lincoln to complete an M.A in Illustration. His recent exhibitions include The Temporary Art Show, Wakefield, OPEM, Lincoln and a solo show at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe.

The Sporting league gained national recognition in 2007 when it was accepted for the Football art prize at The Lowry in Salford where it eventually went on to become a prizewinner.

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