'IN THE RINGS WITH ALI' June 2013 (now closed)
A NEW retrospective exhibition celebrating Muhammad Ali
Private viewing on 20th June 2013, then open to the public until Sunday 30th June At the Midland Hotel Bradford.
The aims of 'In the Rings with Ali' are to celebrate Ali the man, his life achievements in sport and to promote
his humanitarian causes.
“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them:
a desire, a dream, a vision.”
The 2012 Exhibition
A major exhibition of photographs, memorabilia, audio and video
installations, text and poetry to mark Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday
to be held during the London Olympics 2012 in the Smokehouse Gallery.
The gallery overlooks and has direct access to the Olympic Stadium
and is the venue for some major VIP receptions including the Olympics
opening ceremony party.
The Big Picture exhibition is inspired by the occasion of Ali's 70th birthday
in 2012 and will highlight his life as athlete, humanitarian and charitable
campaigner. It will be a visual record to celebrate Ali's life
in photographs. paintings, sculpture and poetry.
Seventy images to mark seventy years. The images will include:
• Photographs taken by Dutch photographer Christina Jansen during a visit by Ali to London in 1986.
• Photographs by authorised Ali photographers of his sporting and humanitarian achievements.
• Photographs of Ali’s humanitarian work photographs, memorabilia, audio and video installations,
text and poetry to mark Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday to be held during the London Olympics
2012 in the Smokehouse Gallery. The gallery overlooks and has direct access to the
Olympic Stadium and is the venue for VIP receptions.
THE SMOKEHOUSE GALLERY
The Smokehouse gallery is a new art project space in a fish smokehouse with 6600 sq ft of exhibition
space overlooking the London Olympic Stadium. It has been the venue for a series of successful exhibitions
that have gained recognition and praise in the art press as well as cementing relationships with the local
Lance Forman, the director of The Smokehouse Gallery, has enthusiastically invited the organisers of the Ali
exhibition to use this amazing venue during the 2012 Olympics. In addition to the exhibition space, the
venue has an award-winning restaurant and is fully accessible to wheelchair users.
NOTE: The Smokehouse Exhibition is now closed. Please visit the 'In the Rings with Ali' website
for the new venue and dates.
Curator – Sandra Higgins
The curating of exhibition, installation and hanging will be managed by Sandra Higgins. Sandra is an experienced
art advisor/curator and as such represents many international artists and has curated exhibitions for clients at
Imperial Wharf, Old Broad Street Headquarters of Landmark Plc, Blacks Club Soho, and Mark Powell's Photographic
Gallery in Soho, London. She exhibits artists annually at international art fairs. She is a long standing member
of the Chelsea Arts Club where she organises educational talks by outstanding individuals in arts for the club
members each year.
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