Jeremy Deller: It's a Kind of English Magic

  • British Council |
  • 12 July – 21 September 2013

Making reference to his Venice Biennale exhibition, this show gives audiences a flavour of Deller's works before they return to the UK for a national tour in 2014.

If you can't wait for the national tour of Jeremy Deller's English Magic next year – initiated and supported by the Art Fund  then this taster show is a great way to whet your appetite.

It brings together many of the themes from the Venice exhibition in which Deller uses myths, folklore, icons and emblems to help illuminate Britain's cultural and political history.

This display combines works from Venice with newly commissioned pieces, including a wall painting by Stuart Sam Hughes and a banner by Deller's long time collaborator, Ed Hall.

Also on display are drawings by UK prisoners, created in a series of workshops that Deller ran in the weeks leading up to the Biennale.

Each of the prisoners was an ex-serviceman who had served in Iraq or Afganistan and the works they created depict key figures in the conflict, from weapons experts to media moguls, as well as members of the troops.

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Visitors have the chance to create their own ink stamp print artwork to take away as a souvenir.

These stamps are based on two of the wall paintings from Venice, A Good Day for Cyclists, which shows a giant hen harrier clutching a Range Rover in its talons and We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold, which depicts the William Morris destroying a vast yacht owned by Roman Abramovich.

Venue & entry details

British Council 10 Spring Gardens London SW1A 2BN

Entry details


Mon – Sat

10am ​– 4pm