Two world-class exhibitions are to open later this month, celebrating 30 years of Alfred Dunhill’s support of golf in St Andrews.
The first is a collection of sketches of St Andrews landmarks by noted artist Harold Riley and the second is a series of photographs from various archives including the Lawrence Levy Photographic Collection courtesy of the University of St Andrews Library, Getty Images, The Golf Picture Library and Alfred Dunhill’s own archive.
Both exhibitions open on Tuesday, September 23, ahead of the 2014 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which is being staged on the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns from October 2-5.
The exhibitions capture great moments and scenes from 30 years of uninterrupted golf staged at the ‘Home of Golf’, beginning with the Alfred Dunhill Cup in 1985, then continuing with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship from 2001. The drawings and photographs also reflect the unique flavour and atmosphere of the people and places in St Andrews and Fife.
In conjunction with the St Andrews Partnership, ‘St Andrews – An Artist’s View’ by Harold Riley for Alfred Dunhill is a collection of 15 illustrations of local buildings and scenes which will be staged as an outdoor exhibition in different locations around the town. The two meter high panels will form a trail leading people from the Old Course, passing iconic buildings such as St Andrews Cathedral, the Castle and the University’s magnificent St Mary’s Quad, as well as Tom Morris’ grave.
From Salford in Greater Manchester, the same town as L S Lowry with whom he enjoyed a long friendship, Harold Riley studied at the Slade in Florence and in Spain before returning to Salford where he has lived ever since.
Harold said: “I first visited St Andrews as a young boy in 1946 and fell in love with the town. My relationship with St Andrews and Alfred Dunhill has been one of the joys of my life. I always tell my friends that I do not know anyone who visited St Andrews that did not fall in love with the place. I certainly have been in love with St Andrews since the first time I went there. I hope this exhibition captures that and will be enjoyed by everyone who sees it. I hope that the people of St Andrews will agree with us that the selection we have chosen represents what is so special about this town.”
Above is a picture of the painting of the R&A by celebrated artist Harold Riley for the Alfred Dunhill.
‘Through the Lens – 30 Years of Golf in St Andrews’ will be held in the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, and features a series of stunning photographs covering both the Alfred Dunhill Cup and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. The striking images produce an historic cavalcade of unforgettable moments and capture the excitement and colour of the great names of golf who have played over the last 30 years, including Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Bob Charles and Gary Player to name a few.
‘Through the Lens’ is presented by Alfred Dunhill together with the University of St Andrews. Robert Fleming, Director of Development at the University, said: “Golf is so much a part of the town that it is wonderful to see two exhibitions which connect the history and the vistas of the town itself with the game which has become synonymous with the name St Andrews. On behalf of the University and the town, I would like to thank Alfred Dunhill for these inspiring events.”
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has a unique format. With a prize fund of US$5 million, all 168 professionals and their amateur playing partners play each of the three courses over the first three days with the final round being contested over the Old Course.
Over the years the Alfred Dunhill Links has attracted a strong international field which has included Major Championship winners including Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie and Louis Oosthuizen, plus top stars Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.
Among the amateurs who have played regularly are film and TV stars Hugh Grant and Greg Kinnear, music legends Don Felder of the Eagles, Huey Lewis and Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres, British sporting knights Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Steve Redgrave, football legends Johan Cruyff and Ruud Gullit and former British tennis No 1 Tim Henman.
Admission is complimentary for all spectators over the first three days with final day tickets on the Sunday available to purchase at the entrance gates for £20 (Seniors £15) or in advance atwww.theticketfactory.com/adlc.