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Red cards hit Playing for Scotland but result not in doubt

January 5, 2011

At the beginning of December it became clear that the selection process for the exhibition, Playing for Scotland, would have to be revisited in the January transfer window.   A squad of over one hundred exhibits was not feasible to field in the allotted exhibition space.  The transfer window is now here and there is all to play for before the final whistle – the deadlines for the exhibition design and submission of exhibition labels – looms.

Two Teachers with a Group of School Boys by an unknown photographer, photographed around 1900, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

As a football manager realigns his team selection and shops around for new signings on his holiday in the sun, this curator has had a rethink, also on annual leave in the sun, to refocus on the ultimate team selection for this exhibition.  Red cards are currently being issued, but that’s not to say the exhibits that are ‘sent off’ will not play a part in the future Playing for Scotland squad.  At the end of the day, here endeth an ode of a football manager.

Young boy fishing with two dogs, by an unknown photographer, photographed around 1900, Scottish National Portrait Gallery


Sporting puns aside, the concertinaring of this exhibition is all part of the exhibition planning process.  Just as edits are made in other projects, cuts are often required in exhibitions to tighten the impact and key messages of the exhibition, whilst not making the space look like a crowded house.  The consolation prize should be the lesser number of exhibition labels to write but the real prize will be the fielding of a team (in this game of two halves which requires 110%) which is strong on paper and lives up to its name – Playing for Scotland: the Making of Modern Sport.

Ballantrae Links, 'The Last Hole' by John Wornham Penfold, photographed in 1877, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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  1. January 10, 2011 12:15 pm

    What a fine array of footballing puns! And it sounds like a great exhibition too.

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