Famous painting inspires new exhibition at maritime museum

31 March 2015

The first in a series of exhibitions, to be held at Aberdeen Maritime Museum while Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for redevelopment, will open to the public on Wednesday 01 April 2015.

New Balls, Please! has been inspired by The Tennis Party, the famous painting of the urban middle classes at play by Sir John Lavery, which will be familiar to visitors to Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The exhibition explores the use of circles and spheres in art and design from the earliest human endeavours to contemporary artists working today.

Meredith Greiling, exhibition curator, at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, said: "I was given The Tennis Party by Sir John Lavery as a starting point for our first Art at the Maritime exhibition, with the idea of looking at the collections and seeing how they might connect. This may well be the first time ever that Lavery's painting has been shown alongside Neolithic carved stone balls, a 1970s television set and Donald Dinnie's putting stone."

The art gallery's popular free lunchtime talks will also be held in the maritime museum and to coincide with this exhibition the new series of talks is titled The Sporting Season with the first being held at 12.30pm on Wednesday 01 April.

The illustrated talk by historian Chris Croly will look at the history of sport and pastimes in Aberdeen and will explore what archaeology can reveal about the history of the Links, which have always been central to the story of leisure in the city historically.

Chris Croly said: "This talk will look at the different aspects of pageants and festival days of medieval Aberdeen, which seem to have been quite the excuse for a good time. I will also discuss the history of golf in Aberdeen, which had an important role to play in the development of the modern game."

Aspects of the History of Sport and Leisure in Aberdeen talk will last approximately 30 minutes. Advance booking is not required.

New Balls runs until Saturday 09 August 2015.