Posted on February 19th 2018
Visit from Artist Jeremy Deller
On Thursday 8th February Jeremy Deller the Turner Prize winning artist who recently represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale came to give a talk to art and politics students from years 9 to 13. Jeremy spoke with passion and humour about his school experiences of art education, his views of privilege, politics , war and his loathing of range rovers. He showed examples of his thought-provoking work and introduced our young people to Sheena Patel, a young director at Eastenders who went to art School whilst Jeremy did not.
Jeremy did though complete work experience with Andy Warhol in New York. The students asked such great and pertinent questions such as why Jeremy fell out with his art teacher ( he focused excessively on drawing) and how successful his touring show was in America where he exhibited a bombed car with individual personnel from opposite sides of the conflict. Clearly he was inspired by Andy Warhol as a young man. Evidently our students were equally inspired since the Q and A lasted 45 minutes. My thanks go to the staff who supported me with the organisation of this visit, Speakers for Schools, and our vibrant and accomplished guests. And also to the students for their warmth and enthusiasm.