27th May 2022


Today (27th May) marks the final day an exhibition featuring art by athletes showcasing their talents beyond the track is on display.

The exhibition features art from 35 current and former athletes including Olympic silver medallist, Keely Hodgkinson; Paralympians, Sophie Kamlish and Harrison Walsh; 400m star, Victoria Ohuruogu.

There is an eclectic mix of art across all styles from acrylic paintings to photography; bright colours to pastel and black and white. Some artists have been inspired by the sporting world with images of specific athletes or abstract runners, jumpers or throwers. Others have completely avoided their sporting ‘day job’ preferring to paint landscapes or portraits or patterns.

The work is on display at the Zari Gallery with part of the proceeds from sales going to two sporting charities. Firstly, the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, set up in memory of the BBC commentator and athletics coach, which champions the development of young athletes. Hodgkinson herself is one of the athletes to have been supported by the Fund from age 15 and is a keen painter in her spare time.

The second charity to benefit is the Lloyd Cowan Bursary, set up by Olympic and world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu following the tragic death last year of her legendary coach, to support coaches and unfunded athletes aged 16 to 23 where cost is a barrier to their athletics development.

Both charities are also supported by UK Athletics.

The exhibition is open until 5pm tonight at the Zari Gallery, 73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ, near Tottenham Court Road tube station.