An oil painting: Xavier Sullivan prepares to get ‘framed’ as part of the Men Of League painting.
An oil painting: Xavier Sullivan prepares to get ‘framed’ as part of the Men Of League painting.

Captains on the canvas

THEY can leave their jerseys on ... maybe.

The Grafton Regional Gallery is set to get a little bit cheeky next month, when the captains of the Valley’s three rugby league teams pose for a Men of League-style ‘portrait’.

Part of Clarence cultural month, the event will combine two of the region’s favourite things: sport and art.

Clarence Valley Council’s economic development team acting manager Elizabeth Fairweather said it was hoped the event would draw on people’s interest in art.

“Sport is a big part of our culture, so that’s why we thought we’d try to mix the two together,” Mrs Fairweather said.

She said while council had asked the players to turn up dressed in their footy gear, it would be ‘up to the artists on the day’ as to how the players were dressed – or not, as the case may be.

“We’re leaving it up to the artists’ creativity,” she said.

Grafton Regional Gallery’s public programs and education officer Rose Marin said the footballers – captains of the Rhinos, Magpies and Ghosts’ first-grade teams – would model in the gallery’s courtyard.

“It’s a beautiful opportunity to see these Adonis-like figures used as inspiration,” Ms Marin said.

“I’d really like to see a few people bring their sketch pads.”

Ms Marin said the day, which includes a barbecue, would be ‘a bit of fun’.

“It’s the first time the gallery has done this kind of thing,” she said.

“It’s one of a host of events to celebrate creative industries in the Clarence next month.”

The local Men of League event will be held at the Grafton Regional Art Gallery on Saturday, April 17, from 10.30am.

Council’s economic development team is calling for expressions of interest from local artists to capture the footballers in two hours.

Those interested can phone 6645 0228 or email edu@clarence.nsw.gov.au For information on April’s Clarence cultural month, visit www.clarence.nsw.gov.au



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