Artist in Residence: The Football Club

Story Vault | Independant Television Production | London

Winner Best Specialist Factual Programme, Broadcast awards 2019

The Football Club takes portrait artist Tai Schierenberg on an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes journey through the trials and tribulations of West Bromwich Albion Football Club’s turbulent last season before relegation. A fascinating and unusual exploration of our national obsession with the game, presenting the footballers, club management and fans in an entirely new light. The programme culminates in Tai unveiling a series of stunning portraits of West Brom players, ex-manager Tony Pulis and life-long fans. 

Part of Channel 4’s Artist in Residence season, this observational documentary/arts hybrid met with huge critical acclaim. Broadcast Magazine editor Chris Collins named it the best show of 2018 – “It manages to be about failure, masculinity, creativity and community at the same time.. it gets my vote for the sheer ambition is pours into a commercial hour”.