Illustrating ping pong

The march of ping pong continues into 2014. Bar owners throw out pool tables and bring in table tennis tables, concrete ones are installed in parks, and temporary tables appear in public spaces, as all the while Design Week develops it’s own crippling addiction to the sport. 

Design by House
Design by House

We’ve already brought you illustrated ping pong bats, a new ping pong bar in London,a ‘counter-culture’ ping pong brand, and now – Pong Ping, an exhibition of ping pong themed art and illustration.

Ping Pang Pong by Jenny Theolin
Ping Pang Pong by Jenny Theolin

International and local Manchester artists have contributed pieces that imagine ping pong has permeated into the very fabric of our world. Maybe it’s a sign that we should all stop playing. This is what could happen.

It’s taking place at Twenty Twenty Two, a gallery, bar, arts, and now – you guessed it – ping pong space. The exhibition will  celebrate the opening of a real life ping pong room at the venue.

By Studio Opposite
By Studio Opposite

Artists involved include Manchester-based illustrator Si Scott, design collective Empire, typographer & illustrator Daren Newman, Liam Hopkins aka Lazerian, and Twenty Twenty Two designer Dave Sedgwick, London’s Jenny Theolin, Sneaky Raccoon, and Studio Opposite, Singapore’s Foreign Affairs, and Spain’s Design by Atlas.

Other contributions have been made by John Owens, Loz Ives, Teacake, Guy McKinley, Sarah Cowan, James O’Connell, Craig Oldham, Andy Cooke, Matt Booth, Tash Wilcox, Barney Ibbotson, Matt Kendall, Design by House and Mark O’Brien.

By Sneaky Raccoon
By Sneaky Raccoon

A limited-edition run of the prints will be available to buy from the Twenty Twenty Two online shop from 7 February.

Pong Ping will run from 6 February – 5 March at the Twenty Twenty Two gallery, The Basement, 20 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 1EZ 

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