Common Ground


Location:The Colonnades, Albert Dock

Date:14 June – 15 July

Time:10am - 5pm


Four decades of football fan culture in photographs from Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa

Football is a global passion that connects people from all walks of life. It is a common thread that can be an important ritual spanning across cultures, religion, gender and race.

As part of the city’s Art of Football programme, coinciding with the FIFA World Cup, Common Ground is a new exhibition curated by Foto Octo that seeks to explore the ritualistic behaviour of football fan culture and its development from the game of the working class in the 1980s, to the riches of the Premier League today.

Combining the work of acclaimed photographers Tom Wood, Ken Grant and Tabitha Jussa across four different decades, the images will offer a unique insight into how the locale has evolved alongside the might of the now multi-million pound football industry and serve as a springboard to discussions about a wider fan culture that encompasses music, fashion and politics.

Taking up residence at Albert Dock Liverpool on The Colonnades from 14th June to 15th July, Common Ground forms part of Art of Football, celebrating the global game with four weeks of exhibitions, events and creative happenings throughout the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Common Ground
Common Ground

"Common Ground will be a fantastic addition to Albert Dock this summer, and another great reason to drop us a visit and see what changes are coming to the Dock as we continue to add exciting and diverse new opera-tors to our units.

The history of Albert Dock and the impact its regeneration had on Liverpool in the 1980s and beyond makes us the perfect home to host this retrospective look at the beautiful game and its place in the fabric of the city. Knowing just how passionate people are about football in Liverpool, Common Ground will be a huge success, especially as World Cup fever takes hold!"

Chris Wright, portfolio manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Tom Wood (born in Ireland, 1951)

Photographing at Liverpool/Everton from the late 80’s to early 2000.
Tom is a street photographer, portraitist and landscape photographer based in Britain. Wood is best known for his photographs in Liverpool and Merseyside from 1978–2001, "on the streets, in pubs and clubs, markets, workplaces, parks and football grounds" of "strangers, mixed with neighbours, family and friends." His work has been published in multiple books, been widely shown in solo exhibitions and has received many awards.

Wood has exhibited internationally including at the ICP, New York; the Shanghai Arts Biennale; FOAM, Amsterdam; and the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, and his work is held in major national and international collections. He lives and works in Wales.

Ken Grant (born in Liverpool, 1967)

Photographing at Liverpool/Everton from the late 80’s to the 00’s
Ken is a photographer who since the 1980s has concentrated on working class life in the Liverpool area. He studied at the West Surrey College of Art and Design studying under Martin Parr and Paul Graham. Grant tends to work slowly, returning again and again to the same places and becoming a familiar sight to the people who gather there. Grant was the course leader of the BA (Hons) Documentary Photography course at the University of Wales, Newport between 1998 and 2013, when he became a lecturer in the MFA Photography course at the University of Ulster.

Grant has exhibited nationally and internationally including Kunstbezirk Galerie as part of Stuttgart Fotosommer 2013; Gwinzegal, France. His work is held in leading international collections and is represented by James Hyman Gallery, London. He now lives on the Wirral.

Tabitha Jussa (born in Wales, 1974)

Photographing at Liverpool/Everton from the mid 00’s to present.
Tabitha is an artist working within photography, with a keen focus on socio-political issues. Her photographic career began in Liverpool where Jussa now lives. After studying Documentary Photography under Ken Grant at University of South Wales, Newport, Tabitha has developed an alternative approach to the tradition of photographic documentation through the construction of large-scale pictures – the metaimage.

Jussa has exhibited nationally including the Openeye and Bluecoat, Liverpool; The Grundy, Blackpool; Ffotogallery, Penarth; Royal College of Art, London; and internationally at ShangART Gallery, Shanghai. Jussa was the recipient of the Liverpool Art Prize 2014 Judges and People’s Choice award.

Common Ground
Common Ground