Celebrate London 2012 Open Weekend

Celebrate three years to go until the London 2012 Olympic Games with a free exhibition Motion and Repetition by local artist Alan Henderson in the River & Rowing Museum’s Thames Room on 25th and 26th July. It will be held as part of London 2012 Open Weekend supported by BP, the three day national celebration marking the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Motion and Repetition will use painting to explore the relentless pursuit of excellence shown by the athletes the artist has met and worked with, observing their pursuit of physical, mental and technical perfection. This exhibition focuses on rowing and is part of an exciting ongoing project with the GB Lightweight rowing team to explore the theme of ‘motion’. Henderson hopes to develop these ideas and work with other sporting bodies and other disciplines within science and medicine to continue to explore this theme.


London 2012 Open Weekend enables everyone to share in the excitement of the Games, be inspired to get involved, unleash their creativity and try something new by accessing excellence at events across sport, art and culture taking place over the weekend.

Motion and Repetition at the River & Rowing Museum joins hundreds of other London 2012 Open Weekend events – from family discover sports days and athletics opportunities to flower festivals and drawing classes, exploring museum archives and pottery, there is an opportunity for everyone.  

Full listings, including the River & Rowing Museum’s events can be found at www.london2012.com/openweekend

There’s also an opportunity to learn more about Our Sporting Life at the River & Rowing Museum: Our Sporting Life is a long-term project developed by the Sports Heritage Network to contribute to the Cultural Olympiad leading up to London 2012. It is designed to realise the unique potential of sports heritage and to excite and inspire a wide range of audiences by asking ‘What does sport mean to you?’ 

This year’s London 2012 Open Weekend follows the success of last year’s event, which launched the Cultural Olympiad and enabled over 700,000 people to become involved with the Cultural Olympiad.