Go to the EXHIBITION menu (above) for details of the previous Exhibition in 2013.
The 2012 VENUE: The Smokehouse Gallery. (NOW CLOSED).
The Smokehouse gallery is a new art project space in a fish smokehouse with 6600 sq ft of
exhibition space. The gallery overlooks and has direct access to the Olympic Stadium
and is the venue for some major VIP receptions including the Olympics opening
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is the world’s all-time favourite Olympian. Since 1960, when he won
a gold in Rome, through 1996 when he managed with shaking hands to light the Olympic Cauldron
in Atlanta, he has been a symbol of all that is inspirational and heroic about the event.
In 2012, to mark Ali’s 70th birthday, a major exhibition is being held at Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery,
100 metres from the main Olympic stadium. Photographs and paintings of Ali at different stages of his life
will be shown alongside audio and video installations, poetry and memorabilia, recording not just his
contribution to sport but also his extraordinary humanitarian work through the decades.
• The opening private view on 19th July will bring together leading members of the British, American and
Olympic teams, with boxing particularly well represented, as well as many celebrities, some of whom are
associated with Ali’s charities.
• Ali's brother, Rahaman Ali will fly in from the United States to attend the private view on july 19th.
He has also
been invited to attend the Olympic torch event in Guildford on the 20th july.
• The exhibition organizers and sponsors are teaming up with ex-boxers Oliver Wilson (British Light Middle,
Middleweight and Henry Cooper Golden Belt Champion) and Rod Douglas (British Light Middle and
Middleweight) to deliver “The Muhammad Ali Outreach Programme”, which will work with deserving
young boxers from Holland and England.
Together with Rahaman Ali and young people from the local community, they will present a non-contact
boxing extravaganza at the Private View on the 19th July and in Guildford on 20th.
• All artworks at the “In the Rings with Ali” exhibition will be for sale and a percentage of the profits
donated to Amnesty International, Parkinson’s Research, and to a local boxing club in East London. Forman’s
Smokehouse Gallery is located within the Forman’s Fish Island gourmet restaurant and hospitality venue.
During the Olympics the ultimate sensory experience will be created with a fusion
of world-class dining,
performances by The Ronnie Scott’s All Star Band, sporting action screened live from the park and
exclusive access to ‘In the Rings with Ali’.”