Outside the Stadium
A public art project by Penrith Performing & Visual Arts
Featuring Photographer Lyndal Irons, and Panthers fans across the west – and beyond
All sporting codes and teams have fans, but none are quite as passionate, vocal, and supportive as Panthers fans.
In a cultural project celebrating fandom, Penrith Regional Gallery has engaged celebrated photographer – and Panthers fan – Lyndal Irons – to capture images and stories from in and around Penrith, of people wearing their Panther-filled hearts on their sleeves, their cars, their faces, their homes, their businesses, their streets, perhaps even their pets.
The portraits will be displayed – after 30 October – on the windows of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, which has a long history of Panthers support, from winning the memorabilia display competition; to hosting the Panthers Civic Reception post their 1991 victory. The artwork will replace a set of vinyl posters now obsolete with the COVID-enforced cancellation of most of The Joan’s 2020 season. Donations from patrons wishing to show support for artists during the COVID-19 challenges have been used to commission the photographer for this project.
A previous Penrith resident, and avid NRL fan, Lyndal Irons is a photographer and writer who seeks out the unexpected yet familiar parts of Australian society. Her work encourages curiosity and a deeper connection to the everyday, in this project exploring deeply held passions and connections, as well as personal creative expression.
Panthers fans are being called upon to get involved in the project. The project team is interested in photographing fans and their treasures; learning the stories behind them; documenting the unfolding of work-in-progress as fans decorate, gather, plan, and prepare. Photography will be done before, during and after matches.
The portraits will be displayed for the community in celebration of this pivotal moment – whatever the final result.
“As a sports club and home to the Penrith Panthers, we are surrounded by “Panther Pride.” It makes us proud to see the passion for the sport, and the team is reverberated out into the Penrith community. This pride can be seen in local businesses and different generations in families throughout the local community, and we look forward to seeing how this is captured in the project from Lyndal Irons from Penrith Performing & Visual Arts.” – Jason Stone, General Manager, Panthers Penrith Rugby League Club
About Lyndal Irons
Lyndal Irons is a Sydney-based photographer and writer focused on local reportage, and interested in seeking out parts of Australian society that are familiar, accessible, yet not often closely encountered.
By recording social histories and building legacies using photographs and words, her work encourages curiosity and a deeper connection to daily environment.
Lyndal’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the State Library of New South Wales, the Australian Centre for Photography, and as part of the Elizabeth Street Gallery (2014), the Sydney Life Photographic Competition (2011, 2012), the National Portrait Prize (2017), the Bowness Prize at the Monash Gallery of art (2015) and Tweed Regional Gallery for the Olive Cotton Award for Portraiture (2015) and was the recipient of the 2015 Pool Grant. Her works are held in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales.