Join Mark Wallinger on Sunday to play with and take home a limited edition of the One World football.

Mark Wallinger and One World. Photo by John Nguyen
Mark Wallinger and One World. Photo by John Nguyen/PAWire

Local clubs, football organisations, and members of the public are invited to join internationally acclaimed artist Mark Wallinger on Sunday 16th December to play with and take home a limited edition of the One World football. The 90-minute pop-up event will see people of all ages and abilities playing alongside professional freestyle footballers at Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE. One World was commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.

Mark Wallinger’s One World is inspired by the famous Christmas truce of 1914, when soldiers from both sides emerged from the trenches and met in No Man’s Land to exchange gifts and play football. Wallinger has taken the football itself as his canvas and has transformed the football into a globe of the world, taking his inspiration from the celebrated image of the Earth taken during the Apollo 8 lunar orbit on 24 December 1968.

One World football at the Beatles statue in Liverpool. Photo by Rob Battersby
One World football at the Beatles statue in Liverpool. Photo by Rob Battersby

The project launched in early November, inviting footballers and national organisations to upload their own #OneWorld video to celebrate how football brings people together. Between now and Christmas Eve, 2000 limited edition One World footballs are being gifted to UK community projects.

#OneWorld contributions have already reached one million users, with the viral clip of the Women’s Parliamentary Team in the House of Commons and support from Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp, former England goalkeeper David Seaman, Everton defender Mason Holgate, Liverpool defender Joel Matip, 1966 World Cup striker Sir Geoff Hurst, and Arsenal legends: Bob Wilson, Liam Brady, Pat Rice.

In partnership with organisations including the EFL Trust, Sport England, the Football Foundation, Sport Northern Ireland and sportscotland.
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Sunday 16th December 2018, 12–1.30pm Chavasse Park in Liverpool ONE, Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L2 9SQ
#OneWorld www.biennial.com/oneworld

One World football in Liverpool ONE. Photo by Rob Battersby
One World football in Liverpool ONE. Photo by Rob Battersby

About The Artist
Mark Wallinger is one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. Having previously been nominated for the Turner Prize in 1995, he won in 2007 for his installation State Britain. His work Ecce Homo (1999–2000) was the first piece to occupy the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2001. Labyrinth (2013), a major and permanent commission for Art on the Underground, was created to celebrate 150 years of the London Underground. In 2018, the permanent work Writ in Water was realised for the National Trust to celebrate the Magna Carta at Runnymede, and The World Turned Upside Down will be unveiled in 2019 for the London School of Economics.

Wallinger has held solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, London, England (1995); Portikus, Hamburg, Germany (1999); Museum for Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (1999); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium (1999); Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England (2000); Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (2000); Whitechapel Gallery, London, England (2001); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2004); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2005); Museo de Arte Carillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2006); Tate Britain, England (2007); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany (2007); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland (2008); Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway (2010); Museum de Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands (2011); BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2012); Serlachius Museum, Mänttä, Finland (2016); The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017); Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland (2017); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy (2018) and Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, England (2018). His work is also displayed in the collections of many leading international museums including Tate, London, England; MoMA, New York, US; and Centre Pompidou, Paris, France.

One World is co-commissioned by Liverpool Biennial and 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Football uses photography courtesy of NASA.

Soldiers from across the world at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul
Soldiers from across the world at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the Founder and Editor of FAD magazine, ' A curation of the world’s most interesting culture' [PLUS] Art of Conversation: A tri-annual 'no news paper' AofC - Issue 1 Autumn 2018