On the ball . . . Yellow and green exhibition celebrates Norwich City Football Club

Matt Whitehead, creative director of Patterns of Play, with Tilly Larrington-Spencer, studio manager

Matt Whitehead, creative director of Patterns of Play, with Tilly Larrington-Spencer, studio manager, and their baby Ernie Whitehead, and some of the artwork for the front covers of OTBC programmes. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

No two colours say Norwich more than yellow and green.

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

And now a new exhibition based on the famous colours of our beloved football team has gone on display.

Norwich-based football art studio Patterns of Play teamed up with Norwich City Football Club for the project, which saw a new piece of Canaries-inspired artwork revealed on the front page of the matchday programme for each of the home games at Carrow Road this season.

Each cover is designed by a different artist, with their own unique take on the club.

Dan Brigham, head of content at NCFC and programme editor, said: 'It's quite rare for a football programme to turn into an exhibition. Once a few programme covers came together, it seemed like an exhibition was the right thing to do as each cover is bespoke.'

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant


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Matt Whitehead, 33, runs Patterns of Play with his partner Tilly Larrington-Spencer, 23, from their city home near Carrow Road.

He said: 'If you're around Castle Mall come in and see the exhibition. It's open to anyone and we're holding it to celebrate the season.

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'The exhibition is free to enter and all artwork is available to buy as prints. We also have the originals which are available to bid on at the end of the exhibition with all money going to our two chosen charities, Headway and Open Youth Trust.

'We started putting the exhibition together on Wednesday, so it's taken us a couple of days to get it all sorted. We were considering quite a few locations to hold it, but when we were told there was a space available in Castle Mall it was the perfect spot as everyone knows where it is.'

Tilly Larrington-Spencer, Matt Whitehead and Dan Brigham. Photo: Archant

Tilly Larrington-Spencer, Matt Whitehead and Dan Brigham. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

The exhibition is open on the ground floor of Castle Mall and will be there every day from 9am to 6pm, with the last day being Saturday, May 12.

It is taking place to celebrate each of the artists and the individual stories behind their pieces.

All 24 cover artworks will be available to purchase at the exhibition.

For more information, visit www.patternsofplay.co.uk

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant

Patterns of Play exhibition. Photo: Archant - Credit: Archant

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