Rugby World Cup 2015 Exeter in pictures
11 March 2015
Award-winning photographer Michelle Sank is recording of the preparation, delivery and enjoyment of Rugby World Cup 2015 in Exeter; urban and rural landscapes will complement portraiture to give a comprehensive visual record.
Michelle explains “I want to document the organisers, players, spectators and fans so that I can capture their emotions and truly reflect the diversity of interest and importance of Rugby in Exeter’s communities, especially in the build up to the Rugby World Cup matches at Sandy Park.”
Exeter’s Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture Rosie Denham added “We are making history and I’m delighted that this project will record it for us. It’s a great honour to be hosting games here in Exeter and it’s a great opportunity to show off our city to the world. This project will look at the broad impact of the games and people won’t necessarily need to be Rugby enthusiasts to get involved. I am sure Michelle will be given all the support she needs and am greatly looking forward to seeing the exhibition at RAMM.”
Exhibition at RAMM
A selection of Michelle’s pictures will be displayed at RAMM from 19 September to 4 November in an exhibition entitled Touch-Line.
RWC 2015 Exeter Host City
The RWC 2015 games at Sandy Park in Exeter are Tonga v Namibia on Tuesday September 29, Namibia v Georgia on Wednesday October 7 and Italy v Romania on Sunday October 11.
Award-winning photographer Michelle Sank
Michelle Sank’s photographs have been exhibited and published nationally and internationally in major galleries and magazines. Winner of the National Portrait Gallery’s 2007 Photographic Portrait Prize, a Unicef award in 2012 and Gold in the 2013 San Francisco International Photographic Exhibition Awards, she has undertaken commissions for prominent organisations including The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, Belfast Exposed, Northern Ireland and Rakyo Photo Center, San Francisco. She has three published books to date and is a Senior Lecturer in Photographer at Falmouth University, Cornwall.
Touch-Line is supported by the National Lottery through Grants for the arts and Exeter City Council’s RWC 2015 Exeter Legacy Fund. Administered by Arts Council England, Grants for the arts support activities which engage people in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations carry out their work.