As Many Reps As Possible is the Naughton Gallery’s third annual sports exhibition, exploring the relationship between the worlds of art and sport. The exhibition showcases some of the most exciting sports-influenced artworks being made today across a variety of media, simultaneously highlighting groundbreaking figures in the sporting world including Simone Biles, Colin Kaepernick, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Andy Murray, Megan Rapinoe, and Serena Williams.
Whilst celebrating sport and sports culture, the exhibition ultimately tackles issues around gender, sexuality, religion, class, politics, and diversity within a sports context. A selection of sports publications also feature in the exhibition – including Asphalt Chronicles, FRANCHISE, GIRLFANS, OH-SO, OOF, Racquet, SEASON, SHUKYU, and Victory Journal – in addition to a collaborative illustration project commissioned by It’s Nice That and Minute Books in celebration of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Situated at the heart of Queen’s University on the first floor of the Lanyon Building, the Naughton Gallery is one of Belfast’s most exciting visual arts spaces, promoting diversity, inclusivity, and artistic excellence. The Gallery presents a rolling programme of original contemporary exhibitions, and has exhibited work by both local and internationally-renowned artists including Adham Faramawy, Marie Jacotey, Aidan Koch, Sarah Maple, Locky Morris, and Tom of Finland. The Naughton Gallery also runs an extensive programme of talks, screenings, and special events.
Named after its generous benefactors, Martin and Carmel Naughton, the Gallery was established in 2001 as a means of showcasing the University’s permanent Collection which comprises gifts, bequests and purchases since the foundation of Queen's College in 1845. The Gallery programme later developed to feature exhibitions of works on loan, both contemporary and historical, although the permanent Collection remains on display throughout various University sites. A range of media is represented in the Collection – paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, furniture, metalwork, and silver – and perhaps most notable is the impressive hang of over fifty portraits in the Lanyon Building’s Great Hall.