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Art and rugby celebrated in Greenwich exhibition

30 October 2013

  • Club in central London founded by artists and designers
  • Exhibition at Stringer Gallery opens publicly on November 1

London rugby union club Old Streetonians RFC are putting on an art exhibition to celebrate 20 years of their existence.

The club was founded by a disparate group of artists and designers who knew each other in Shoreditch in the early 1990s.

Their first “match” was only ever meant to be a one off, pre-Christmas bit of fun but the idea would not go away and eventually Old Streetonians formed as a “proper” rugby club, advancing up the league structure to their present position at Level 7.

The exhibition at the Stringer Gallery in Greenwich (November 1 to 12, with a private preview on October 31) is by practising artists and designers who happen to play rugby.

Among the exhibitors will be Charlie Allen – designer of an England football kit – Mark Woods who is famous for amazing exotic jewellery, Hamish Patel a conceptual artist and Dan Gardiner who will be showing two vast paintings.

Dick Stringer, President of Old Streetonians, said: “I think it's a fantastic story and shows rugby in a very different light to that normally portrayed in the media.

“Most of the artists are graduates of either the RCA or St Martin’s.

“We have a catalogue that describes the work and rugby lives of 15 artists plus remembering the extraordinary Joshua Compston, who was very much the force behind the Young British Art movement.

“Our club has risen to Level 7 in the English rugby structure – quite how remains a mystery to me but we are delighted to celebrate our 20 years in existence with this exhibition!”

Unlikely Union: 20 Years of Art and Rugby is at the Stringer Gallery, 151-161 Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0PW from November 1 to 12, 2013.

For further details, visit the club website at 


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