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Gods of Sport

At the National Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, Newmarket

Gods of Sport is the second temporary exhibition in the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, which was opened by The Queen on 3rd November 2016. This new world class attraction comprises three complimentary facets, a new National Horseracing Museum, a live horse experience in the flagship yard to Retraining of Racehorses Charity and a national gallery of British Sporting Art.

The Gods of Sport exhibition is a collection of iconic images taken by award winning Sunday Times photographer Chris Smith and will be on display until the 18 June 2017. See giants of the sporting world, including Ballesteros, Best, Senna and Naviratilova, all captured in their sporting pomp.

Also on display is Boxiana, a fascinating collection of prints that depict the evolution of prize-fighting from a 1788 bare-knuckle duel to the first international ‘title fight’ between Englishman Tom Sayers and American John Heenan that lasted close to two and a half hours, ending in a draw and police having to disburse the huge crowds.

These exhibitions form just part of the British Sporting Art collection, an extraordinary collation of paintings, sculpture, prints and decorative objects that celebrate the enduring link between sport and art.

Get more information about the exhibits and the venue by following the link below.