By David Abbott
Recently, a group from Olliers visited the National Football Museum in Manchester city centre as part of our ongoing staff wellness programme. The Museum has a permanent collection of fascinating exhibits for football fans, but currently, in addition, is holding an art exhibition of sport-related giant artworks by Manchester artist Michael Browne, commissioned by Eric Cantona.
In addition to his very well-known painting of Cantona surrounded by some of the “class of ‘92”, there are other stunning pieces on show depicting sporting heroes such as Jesse Owens, Muhammed Ali, and Maradona, many of whom used their sporting status to advocate for social change.
The artist was actually in the gallery, working on his latest painting when we visited, and it was fascinating to chat to him about his work. Michael Browne’s exhibition runs until early June; the Museum is situated at the end of Deansgate, near the Manchester Cathedral.
The trip to the National Football Museum was one of a number of trips organised in Olliers wellness programme, which enables colleagues to enjoy some non-legal time in office hours. Other recent wellness events in 2023 include:
- A trip to the John Rylands Library
- A walk near Marple
- A trip to the ‘Golden Mummies’ – Manchester Musuem
- A walk in Lyme Park
- Castlefield Viaduct