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Art + music kicks off UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 this Summer.

England v Northern Ireland: International Friendly
BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Ella Toone of England celebrates with teammates Rachel Daly, Ellen White and Jill Scott after scoring their team’s sixth goal during the Women’s International Friendly match between England and Northern Ireland at St George’s Park on February 23, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Lynne Cameron – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The organising team behind UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 have announced details of its exciting arts and heritage programme which will run alongside the football tournament this summer.

Featuring a line-up of arts, heritage projects and musical events, the programme will celebrate and explore the rich history of the women’s game. Taking place nationwide across the nine Host Cities and ten stadia, the programme begins this month, ahead of the tournament kick-off on 6th July, and runs throughout the summer season.

In collaboration with the Host Cities – Brighton & Hove, London (Brent and Hounslow), Manchester, Milton Keynes, Rotherham, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh – the programme will reveal untold stories of women’s football and encourage more people to be inspired by the tournament. Through a series of arts and heritage events, the programme will bring the worlds of sport and art together in a national celebration which is set to reach 3 million people.

New commissions by women artists will be presented throughout the programme, including an immersive artwork for all ages by award-winning visual artist Emma Smith; a new anthem by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra led by celebrated conductor Shirley Thompson OBE; a Stadium for the Future – danced into existence by art, environment and social justice collaboration, Idle Women; as well as a new creative resource for libraries by interdisciplinary artist Deborah Goatley-Birch. 

‘We are delighted to be working with an extraordinary group of artists, historians, players, collaborators and institutions across the country to realise a significant arts and heritage programme that will pay tribute to women who have dedicated their lives to the game of football. We are thrilled to be sharing these stories and hope that it will nurture the next generation of fans and women football players.’ 

Caterina Loriggio, Arts and Heritage Lead for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022
Stadium for the Future ?(If I can't dance I don't want to be part of you revolution)*
Stadium for the Future ?(If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution)*

Stadium for the Future (If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution) by Idle Women will see women taking their rightful place along the canals and waterways in Host Cities. The industrial heritage of canals has strong parallels to women’s football as many teams first came out of canal-served factories and manufacturing plants. Despite advancements in the game, there remains no dedicated women’s football ground in the UK. Idle Women are planning to build a Stadium for the Future conceived, engineered and hand-built by and for women. Not a concrete monolith but a stadium to re-imagine environmental recovery and reciprocity, a self-sustaining ecosystem of women’s doing, creating, training, and playing. During UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, women from across the UK will gather in fields, parks, and underpasses to dance the stadium into existence at site-specific raves coordinated with community groups, older women, musicians, and DJs. Stadium for the Future will culminate in a sound piece that will broadcast until the stadium is complete. MORE

Supercompensation Cycle Workshop with artist Emma Smith at Spotlight Community Centre Bletchle. 15.2.22.

The Supercompensation Cycle by Emma Smith is an immersive and participatory artwork that invites the public to warm-up for each match by replicating the movements of live performers. Inspired by historic footage of player’s abstract warm up moves and sports theory, the work celebrates the unchampioned expertise of all bodies and how they move. Smith worked with hundreds of local residents and football players across Host Cities to capture expert everyday moves. These have been woven together to create a team of 11 holographic films embedded in specially designed sculptures that form an installation. The installation is accompanied by an immersive sound score and participatory movement work, performed with local dancers, in which members of the public are welcomed to join. 

Composer Shirley Thompson OBE has created an Anthem to celebrate the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Inspired by words and lyrics submitted by fans across the country and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and 100 community representatives from the Host Cities, the new Anthem is available for groups to play and sing along to and honours the achievements of women footballers and the bright future of the game. 

Composer Shirley Thompson OBE has created an Anthem to celebrate the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

Women composers Rosie Bergonzi, Charlotte Harding, Alice Phelps, Detta Danford, Sam Mason, and Raye Harvey and teams of RPO musicians have also been working with community members in Host Cities to create Local Anthems reflecting the spirit of each area. Twenty-four hours of workshops in each location have reached more than 3,000 participants ranging in age from 0 to 92, with each area’s bespoke Anthem featuring words, ideas, melodies, and rhythms created by local people. Quintets from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be in attendance on match days to excite the crowd by playing the Anthems in dedicated Fan Zones. The public is also invited to test their football control in the Momentum Challenge – a choreographed routine of football tricks with new music composed by Thompson and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to create the world’s first Concerto for Football and Orchestra.

To download the Anthem materials and to join in on the Momentum Challenge, visit:

Libraries across the country will have access to a new creative resource pack designed by Deborah Goatley-Birch which will enable communities to come together to celebrate and enjoy the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. The pack includes activities inspired by football fan objects such as rosette and banner making and includes a reading list of books that feature trailblazing sports people. The programme is supported by Libraries Connected.

Manchester Corinthians, Photo (c) Margaret Whitworth and Margaret Shepherd (nee Taylor)
Manchester Corinthians, Photo (c) Margaret Whitworth and Margaret Shepherd (nee Taylor) – Manchester Corinthians’ Venezuela success in front of 56,000 returning home in 1960

A heritage and legacy initiative accompany these new artistic commissions as part of the programme to celebrate the tournament. The initiative will highlight women’s rights, equality, and activism through the lens of the game with exhibitions across the Host Cities, oral stories and heritage films. It will shine a light on the experiences of women footballers that have never been told through stories and objects that have been gathered for the first time. It also features a photography campaign with Getty Images to capture and archive moments of the tournament, more details of which will go live in the coming weeks. 

The captains of the French and English Ladies football teams, Carmen Pomies (left) and Florrie Redford, having a handshake and a peck on the cheek before the start of the England vs France Women’s International Football match in aid of shipwrecked mariners, at Herne Hill, London, 12th May 1925. (Photo by MacGregor/Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Eight outdoor and eight indoor exhibitions will be held across museums and sites in the Host Cities including Brent Museum and Archives, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Gunnersbury Park Museum, the National Football Museum, Clifton Park Museum, SeaCity Museum, Trafford Local Studies Centre, and Wigan and Leigh Archives. Each exhibition spotlights local footballers in each city through portraits, objects and stories which tell of the resistance and perseverance of women players, as well as their passion for the game. Beyond the exhibitions, Host Cities have collated 80 oral histories and 40 memory films which have been co-curated with both retired and young players.

“The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be a huge event this summer – attracting the world’s attention – and I am very proud that arts, culture and creativity will play such a vital role in the tournament, all thanks to National Lottery players. I hope that everyone takes the opportunity to experience the cultural programme, which has been created by leading female artists, and that it creates a lasting and inspiring legacy.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

6th – 31st July 2022 across 9 Host Cities MORE: TheFA.com/WEURO2022Arts  






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