Leather Poisoning at Counihan Gallery

Rennie Ellis – Carlton Supporter, VFL Grand Final 1982. C-type print 50.8 x 40.6 cm. Courtesy Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive

Insights into ‘football culture’ by gallery namesake Noel Counihan and other artists.

Noel Counihan | Tony Albert

Rupert Betheras | Bernadette Atkinson

Kate Daw & Stewart Russell

Gabrielle De Vietri | Rennie Ellis

Paula Hunt | Michael Leunig 

Anne McMaster | Marlene Gilson

Jim Pavlidis

Curated by Victor Griss

Exhibition Saturday 11 March – Sunday 9 April

Opening: Saturday 11 March, 2 – 4 pm

Another bloody footy exhibition? Yes… er, no. Well, sort of.

Leather Poisoning: Football Possessions features works by gallery namesake Noel Counihan and a group of artists who offer critical and comic insights into ‘football culture’ or muse on the football stadium as a site of ritual, spectacle, group dynamics and politics. From historical contestation over the game’s origin and evolution to community passion versus corporate interest, Leather Poisoning also considers the light and dark sides of fandom, celebrity and media that saturate us annually. An exhibition for fan and critic alike.

To mark Women’s History Month and the launch of the national women’s football league, a series of special public programs, talks and events will also be presented at the gallery.