Euro 2020 Heroes To Feature in Pitzhanger Exhibition

Portraits of footballers celebrate diversity of the England squad

Matt Small's portraits of the squad together for the first time

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery is to hold an exhibition of portraits of the full England football squad and manager of the EURO 2020 team by artist Matt Small.

The work will be on public display together for the first time from 6 November to 14 November.

From Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford to Ealing’s star footballer Bukayo Saka, This is England features the most successful national team since the World Cup winners of 1966.

The set of paintings aims to show a group of players from a diverse set of backgrounds who not only made history with their sporting achievement but who collectively inspired the country.

A selection of the paintings can be seen in advance at Gunnersbury Museum in the ‘Above and Beyond’ exhibition which runs until 31 October.

Commissioned by the FA and exhibited at the St George training ground during EURO 2020 finals, the artworks celebrate the diversity of what it means to be English today.

Clare Gough, Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery said, “We are delighted that Matt Small’s striking depictions of the Euro 2020 team will shine a light on the inspiration the England team gave the nation this year, exemplifying teamwork and inclusivity, values embodied by Ealing born-and bred star Bukayo Saka.”

Artist Matt Small said, “Through their resolute and determined stance on various social issues and matters of inclusion and compassion for all, this group of players have come to represent the modern face of England, a multi-cultural land where people from all walks of life now call the country home.

“The England squad have demonstrated a desire to bring out the best in each of its members by showing respect to the different attributes they all bring and then utilising them to the betterment of the team. I hope that my paintings of the team can help continue to inspire the country to follow that
example too and become a society where everyone feels valued and they belong. When this is achieved then this England will become a united place where we can all move forward united as one.”

Matt Small’s work will also feature in Pitzhanger’s upcoming exhibition Race, Class and the City.

Pitzhanger members and Ealing residents go free.

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October 20, 2021