Vets (Lewes FC's over-35s team) footballer and architectural designer Scott Currie is showing off his artistic skill in the clubhouse, bringing his exhibition The Colours of Equality to the Pan.
Scott Currie, founder of The Architecture of Calm
, became interested in the Rooks after learning about Lewes FC's ground-breaking equality initiative in 2017, whereby the club became the first in the world to assign equal playing budgets and resources
to their men"s and women's teams.
As an ex-player himself (Newhaven FC), now with a small daughter who loves a kickabout and fervently supports Lewes FC's women"s team, Scott decided to sponsor a match through his architecture business.
"Not only did I sponsor the match, aligning with a very impressive, progressive set-up, but I also signed up to play with Lewes Men's Vets - the over-35s team who train at the 3G pitch.
"Honestly, I'd describe playing with the Vets as 'life-giving' - my love of the beautiful game has been reignited.
"I'm so grateful to Lewes FC for that, and delighted to be showing my art at The Dripping Pan for this year's Artwave."
"I called the exhibition 'The Colours of Equality' because I love that this football club has reset the narrative around gender in football.
"The club's highlighting of the issue led to my exploration of what equality means generally, and how it may be represented visually.
"I thought about which colours were associated with the club and The Dripping Pan itself, and revisited - and even repurposed - previous work I've done sparked by movements like BLM.
"I sat with my work, and the longer I sat the more the meaning became clear
"Colours and form are important to me, as is the idea of place. As a designer of architecture, and as an artist, there's an ever-present struggle to produce work that I find important.
"Maybe that"s why I keep creating – I'm sort of striving for something that doesn't yet exist.
"I hope that visitors to The Rook Inn will see something of that process in the work."
Club director Karen Dobres said:
"We're grateful to Scott for choosing to exhibit here and hope to attract some new visitors to the ground during Lewes Artwave – as a community-owned club we love welcoming people in and showing them around!"
Artwave Festival runs from 11th through 26th September. The Rook Inn will be open during Artwave every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 12 noon and 10pm with free entry except when matches are being played. Check www.lewesfc.com & www.artwavefestival.org for more details.