Northampton Saints have partnered with Jeremy Houghton to become the Club’s first-ever Artist in Residence.
The professional artist, who has painted Her Majesty the Queen as well as a string of historical and sporting stars, will create a series of paintings which celebrate the Club’s players and share the untold stories of some of the unsung heroes who work behind-the-scenes at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.
Houghton’s work will be featured in an exhibition at the start of next season to raise money for Northampton Saints Foundation.
“I am absolutely delighted to be working with the Northampton Saints this year,” he said.
“It’s always a great privilege to work with sporting heroes but I also love getting the chance to paint the unsung heroes of the Club, too – who often have fantastic stories to tell.”Jeremy Houghton, Artist in Residence
“Often the important aspects of a residency are those that go unseen or unsaid; they’re the bits I’m looking for. Likewise in paintings, you’ll find the bits that are left untouched are often the most intriguing.”
Houghton, who lives in Broadway in Worcestershire, is one of Britain’s most sought-after artists. He has been the Artist in Residence at Wimbledon, the America’s Cup, Goodwood and Aston Martin. He was also the official artist of the London Olympic Games in 2012.
He has raised more than £100,000 for charitable organisations throughout his career, and this latest project will raise vital funds for Northampton Saints Foundation – a charity which aims to change the lives of disadvantaged and disengaged young people in Northamptonshire.