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PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 02: Serena Williams of The United States comperes during the ladies singles third round match against Julia Georges of Germany during day seven of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

An exhibition marking iconic moments in women’s sport comes to The Abbey School in Reading, direct from the Saatchi Gallery in London.  

The collection of photographs is on display as part of the Reading Festival of Sport @ The Abbey from 20 June and will be open to schools and the public as part of activities in the town for National School Sport Week.

The exhibition titled ‘In Focus: Women’s Sport Through The Lens’ shines a light on how women’s sport has been captured on camera over the last 50 years, through the portraits that sparked conversation, controversy and culture change. It concludes with six stunning new commissions that celebrate the action, power and athleticism of women’s sport. The exhibition is presented by M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment and Getty Images and was curated by leading women in UK sport.

Head of The Abbey, Will le Fleming says “sport has the potential to be such a powerful force for our students: to enable aspiration, create a sense of belonging and community and for the sheer joy of activity – and it is so important this reaches as many students as possible.  At a time when the profile of women’s sport has never been higher, this exhibition charts the journey that brought us here – and offers inspiration as to where we go next.”

“In Focus: Women’s Sport Through The Lens” is being exhibited at The Abbey Senior School, 27 Kendrick Road, Reading RG1 5DZ.  The exhibition is free to enter and pre-booking is required at

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