Match screening at Against the Run of Play hub

Pester & Rossi
Against the Run of Play

Pester & Rossi, Rule-Breaking Ball Game, workshop, 2019. Image: Paul Chapellier

Louise Ashcroft

Louise Ashcroft, Untitled, 2019, performance. Image: Liz Calvi

Girls United commission

Phoebe Davies & Rose Nordin, kit design workshop with Girls United, 2019


Jessie McLaughlin training session with Athenlay FC, 2019

Against the Run of Play x Jasper Jones, Femxle Football Shirt Making Workshop, 2019


Rowland Hill, The Hands of God, 2019, participatory performance. Image: Liz Calvi

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Against the Run of Play is a research group focused around female engagement with football and sports culture. Using the visual arts to mix up spectatorship and participation of art and football, Against the Run of Play aims to champion and empower female fans and players and add to the critical discourse around gender, representation and football culture.


Exploring critical perspectives on sports and gender, we host the Female Football Reading Group and have commissioned artists to produce work in collaboration with local-league girls’ football teams, written texts and organised participatory events.

Against the Run of Play is developed by Alice Ongaro, Lucy Cowling and Sophie Bownes.


It is made possible with the help of each of the artists, practitioners, teams, participants and hosts who have collaborated with us, including: Louise Ashcroft, Nadia Atique, Rosella Ayane, Lauren Corelli,

Corner fotbal + societate, Phoebe Davies, F.A.T. Studio, Caitlin Fisher, Orit Gat, Wanner & Hanz Geiger, Corey Hayman, Henry/Bragg, Rowland Hill, Ro Jackson, Jasper Jones, Jessie Krish, Rosie McGinn, Jessie McLaughlin, Jenny Moore, Rose Nordin, Eleni Papazoglou, Pester & Rossi, Dina Rončević, Louis Scantlebury, Nicola Singh, Tendencies Bulletin, Alex Wickenden, Ashleigh Williams,

Alice May Williams, Virgine Yassef, ZATORSKI + ZATORSKI,

Athenlay FC, Dalmain Athletic GFC and Girls United.


Generous support has also been provided by Arts Council England, Goldsmiths Alumni and Friends Fund, Goldsmiths Academic Communities Fund, Fans For Diversity, Kick it Out, Football Supporters’ Association, Jake Bailey, Mark Couzens, Deptford X and U+I.

Match screening at Against the Run of Play hub