It’s Showtime…

The venue has been chosen, the dates have been decided and the artists have been selected for the first Fantasista exhibition. While the first two decisions were straightforward enough the third was much harder.

Since Fantasista was first conceived we’ve had many and varied artists contact us and we’ve looked at loads of remarkable work. If we’d been able to hire the Royal Albert Hall we would have put all (or most) of it in. But our space, the perfectly formed Cello Factory in Waterloo, is a little smaller so we had to apply some strict criteria.

So the show has developed into an investigation about the way in which contemporary artists use the themes, imagery and nature of football and its following within the framework of their work.  Many artists work with football in an illustrative way, this exhibition seeks to go beyond this and look at some of the physical, practical and passionate responses that draw out artistic responses to the beautiful game.  As such the selection panel were particularly interested in work that explores below the surface of football, not always obvious, but which speaks to artists, curators and sports fanatics alike

We intend the upcoming show to be the first of many. And we are exploring different ways to increase the exposure of the work of all Fantasista artists across the web and beyond. So, in addition to the inspirational artists featuring in July’s exhibition, many others will be included in future activity.

For now, we hope that all visitors will find next month’s show awe-inspiring.

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Football and Theatre

Football and Theatre by Lauren Carroll It starts with the build-up. People swarming outside before they take their seats to watch the action. The agonising development of tension as the stage is set and the story unfolds. Baying crowds, surging emotion, warring factions, competing discourses. Conflict. Resolution.

I’m talking about theatre; theatre in the most conventional sense, where actors re-enact narratives designed to evoke a reaction from a live crowd. But I could just as easily have been describing the events which take place up and down the country on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, in colossal stadiums and in local parks, watched by millions on a weekly basis.

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Fantasista Q&A

Far more than just a social network, Twitter has blossomed within the past few years to become the ultimate tool for artists to share their work, gain feedback, generate interest and interact with those who admire their art. The artists behind the Fantasista – The Art of the Number 10 exhibition are the powering forces behind the rise of the ‘football artist’ in the digital age, and have harnessed Twitter’s unique networking capabilities in order to share their talent with a broader audience. Continue reading

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The concept is simple

Wayne Rooney by Richard SwarbrickWhen one English artist became an overnight YouTube sensation last year, it was a catalyst for a growing appreciation of football as an art subject, as well as pure entertainment. Gareth Bale’s rip-roaring display over two legs against Inter Milan was memorable in itself, but when Spurs fan Richard Swarbrick immortalised his hat trick and match-winning contributions over both games in the form of a hand drawn animation which immediately went viral, it became the stuff of legend. Continue reading

The Beautiful game

Artwork by Dan Leydon, Steve Welsh and Haarala HamiltonAs football fans, we are constantly treated to a veritable feast of visual delights. A Cruyff turn here, a Panenka penalty there; a feint; a stepover; a sea of scarves on a colourful terrace, or just a stadium bathed in floodlights on a chilly evening. Some things stay with us forever; images, shapes and patterns that remind us of certain players, matches, moments in our own lives or whole generations. We might not even know it at the time. Continue reading

The Fantasista animation is coming…..

Do you remember this? Richard has a new one on the way…. coming Wednesday 31st




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An Introduction to Fantasista

I started working with Richard just a few months ago and Fantasista was initially conceived as a vehicle through which we could promote Richard his work.

It has quickly evolved into something significantly more than that.

At a Central London venue, in Summer of 2013, Fantasista will bring together many of the finest football artists from around the world for the launch of our first showcase exhibition Fantasista – The Art of the Number 10. The Fantasista 2013 exhibition, will be a celebration of contemporary football art inspired by the rapid rise of the ‘football artist’ in the digital age.

Our focus is currently on the launch event, but with interest from around the country and overseas we are also planning a longer run open to the public which we will announce in due course.

All the artists involved were invited by us to exhibit at Fantasista 2013, but we want to encourage anyone that is interested in taking part or being involved to contact us.

Even if you can’t be part of the exhibition itself, we will share the best of your work.


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Welcome to Fantasista

Fantasista, was conceived by Chris and Rikki to launch a Summer exhibition of football art in collaboration with Hotspur&Argyle – Fantastista 2013.

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