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Art, Rugby, and Photography in the Roannais.

A new exhibition of photography by Nicolas Jorge was held during June 2009 in Le Coteau, Roannais, Rhone-Alpes  called  “Essai D’Art 2009” . The theme of this superb photographic show was ‘Rugby’.AS Roanne Rugby XV

Nicolas Jorge exhibited large-scale, black and white images of the local Roanne Rugby Club – AS Roanne Rugby XV.

Over 1,500  people visited the exhibition over a 3-day period.

The images of this locally renowned photography depict moments before, during, and after various rugby matches, training, and occasions during 2009.

Beautifully captured in black and white, the images were varied with unusual, funny, and classic visual commentary surrounding this very popular game, both locally, nationally, and internationally throughout France. The sense of camaraderie and community is present in all of the many photographs displayed, many in very large format.Essai D'Art 2009 photography show

The entire show, over a 3 day period in Le Coteau, near Roanne, was held in a large, car showroom – ‘Espace Borgnat’. The presence of cars in conjunction with all the rugby images created an atmosphere of contemporary surrealism to the show.AS Roanne Rugby XV

It was an ideal venue with plenty of light, and passing public were attracted, and able to view through the large picture windows of the building.

Of course, in traditional French style there was music, food and wine, and the normal conviviality of visitors, friends, and rugby associates, and children enjoying the occasion.gAS Roanne Rugby XV

Copies of all images were available for sale, and the whole event marked the end of the 2009 rugby season with presentations to club members, trainers, and administrative personnel who have all contributed to the success of the Roanne Rugby Club during the year, and in particular for the training of the young players aged from 7 to 15 years.AS Roanne Rugby XV

A resounding success, this event may well be repeated again in 2010, and there is no doubt that Art and Photography mixes very well with the energy and impact of this historical game.

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