Operation Arsenal Art, also known as Op Aa for short, are set to host an acclaimed collection of fan-based photographs at Piebury Corner on Holloway Road next week.
On the evening of Friday, July 14, the collective will utilise hundreds of the best pictures sent in by supporters over the past year following a successful event twelve months ago.
Dan MacCarthy, Stephen Conroy, John Clubb, John Holditch and Layth Yousif are the men behind this and their original concept was conceived by Dan.
As quoted by the Islington Gazette he said, “Continuing the success of last year our exhibition is a ‘fan’s eye’ historical record of supporting Arsenal over the years. It’s been a labour of love to unearth these memories.”
They were brought together by their love for the club, in addition to its history and memorabilia. They worked tirelessly to put the event on for fellow supporters whilst raising vital funds for two chosen charities – the Willow Foundation and the Emily Ash Trust.
“It’s been a surprisingly emotive experience for the #OpAa4 team – all long-term season ticket holders,” Dan continued.
“At a time when football is all about brand, money and ‘wannabe Twitter celebs’, the project has been like a reset button for our passion. We’ve all enjoyed giving up our time towards this exhibition as well as to raise money for two brilliant charities.
“We also have to say a big thank you to the generosity of our sponsor Paul Antino and those who have donated items to auction. All the photographs were submitted by supporters and capture the “real” moments we all remember.”
The exhibition has uncovered some hidden gems and achieved seemingly impossible goals along the way, not least finding a supporter photo from Arsenal’s legendary title win at Anfield in 1989 – seen as the ‘Holy Grail’ of supporter pictures.
Finding a picture which perfectly captured Alan Smith’s goal from the away end, packed with Arsenal supporters, may not seen particularly significant. On one of the club’s greatest ever nights though, you quickly realise just how impressive the piece of artwork is.
The exhibition is completely free and open to everyone. You can follow the Twitter team @OpAa2016 to find out more.