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Outside the Stadium - Lyndal Irons Photography Exhibition now on display at The Joan

By The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Archived 6 Jan 2021 - Posted: 8 Nov 2020
Rylee Randall is an 11-year-old super fan pictured holding a memento of the first time she met her absolute favourite player, Josh Mansour. 

A public art project by Penrith Performing & Visual Arts

Featuring Photographer Lyndal Irons, Curated by Toby Chapman for Penrith Regional Gallery - and Pathers fans near and far

The final siren has sounded on the 2020 NRL season but the fervour of the Panthers fans lives on in a cultural project celebrating fandom, newly installed on the windows of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre.

Photographer Lyndal Irons, herself a Panthers fan and former Penrith resident, was engaged by Penrith Regional Gallery in October to capture the passions and preparations of Panthers fans in the lead-up to the NRL Grand Final.

Enthusiastic fans opened their homes and their hearts, sharing stories and their time to help bring this project to life.

From Wollongong to Warrimoo, Irons has captured fans celebrating, decorating, reminiscing, hoping and dreaming. There’s Danielle from Warrimoo in her vintage Panthers inspired lady cave, Wilton from Blaxland and his enviable merch collection, Sue and her dog Angel from Emu Plains in matching jerseys, and 11 year old Rylee from Penrith, a self-described Panthers obsessive, who celebrated her birthday with a Josh Mansour cake.

Not only are the fans writ large on the windows, the project also breathes life back into The Joan’s exterior, replacing a series of vinyls celebrating a 2020 performing arts season that was largely cancelled due to COVID. Patrons wishing to show support for artists during this challenging period have donated their ticket refunds toward this project.

Photographer and writer Lyndal Irons is widely celebrated. She 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.

 

Danielle McLoon from Warrimoo has been a fan since 1985 at ten 10 years of age. “Obviously as a child you revere those special players and I still do. The overarching reason (that I am a fan) though is that they just make me happy..” PHOTO: Lyndal Irons for Penrith Regional Gallery.
EMU PLAINS: Sue Watling and her dog Angel are both keen Panthers supporters with matching jerseys. Sue took to the team soon after migrating to the area from the UK, finding a family-like community to belong to. PHOTO: Lyndal Irons for Penrith Regional Gallery.
 
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