Goodison by Tom Wood

The Art of Football

As part of the 2018 celebrating 10 years since Liverpool's Capital of Culture, we will be involved in an exciting and diverse programme of events encompassing cultural, social and political aspects of football on Merseyside to co-inside with the World Cup.


Common Ground - Photographic Exhibition.

Football is a global passion that can connect people from all walks of life - a common thread that can be an important ritual spanning across cultures, religion, gender and race.

Football is synonymous with Merseyside. It is one of the most profitable cultural attractions that Liverpool has to offer with a worldwide fan base that make regular pilgrimages to Anfield and Goodison.

This exhibition and publication seeks to explore the extraordinary ritualistic behavior of football fan culture and it’s development from the game of the working class in the 1980s to the riches of the Premier League today.

Captured by three photographers across different decades, the images will offer a unique insight into how the locale has evolved alongside the might of the now multi-million pound football industry.


The Photographers

Contact sheet by Tom Wood

Tom Wood (born in Ireland, 1951) is a street photographer, portraitist and landscape photographer based in Britain. Wood is best known for his photographs in Liverpool and Merseyside from 1978–2001, "on the streets, in pubs and clubs, markets, workplaces, parks and football grounds" of "strangers, mixed with neighbours, family and friends." His work has been published in multiple books, been widely shown in solo exhibitions and received awards.
Wood has exhibited internationally including at the ICP, New York; the Shanghai Arts Biennale; FOAM, Amsterdam; and the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, and his work is held in major national and international collections. He lives and works in Wales.

Photograph by Ken Grant

Ken Grant (born in Liverpool, 1967) is a photographer who since the 1980s has concentrated on working class life in the Liverpool area. He studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design studying under Martin Parr and Paul Graham. Grant tends to work slowly, returning again and again to the same places and becoming a familiar sight to the people who gather there. Grant was the course leader of the BA (Hons) Documentary Photography course at the University of Wales, Newport between 1998 and 2013, when he became a lecturer in the MFA Photography course at the University of Ulster.
Grant has exhibited nationally and internationally including Kunstbezirk Galerie as part of Stuttgart Fotosommer 2013; Gwinzegal, France. His work is held in leading international collections and is represented by James Hyman Gallery, London. He now lives in Wales and works in Ulster.

Walton Breck Road No.2 by Tabitha Jussa

Tabitha Jussa (born in Wales, 1974) is an artist working with photography. With a keen focus on socio-political issues, all bodies of work began in Liverpool where Jussa now lives. After studying Documentary Photography under Ken Grant at University of South Wales, Newport Jussa has developed an alternative approach to the tradition of photographic documentation through the construction of large scale pictures – the metaimage.
Jussa has exhibited nationally including the Openeye and Bluecoat, Liverpool; The Grundy, Blackpool; Ffotogallery, Penarth; Royal College of Art, London; and internationally at ShangART Gallery, Shanghai. Jussa was the winner of the Liverpool Art Prize 2014 Judges and Peoples Choice award.