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Created for the British Pavilion in Venice, the Turner's Prize winning artist's English Magic heads to Bristol as part of the Art Fund supported tour.

English Magic on tour

  • 1 June – 24 November 2013: British Pavilion, Venice Biennale
  • 18 January – 30 March 2014: William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Walthamstow Forest

  • 12 April – 21 September 2014: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

  • 11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015: Turner Contemporary, Margate

Some 350,000 people went to see Jeremy Deller's Venice Biennale exhibition on display at the Giardini, in which the artist casts his critical eye over contemporary life in England. Seamlessly drifting between William Morris and the Iraq War, David Bowie and birds of prey, Tony Blair and tax evasion, it is both challenging and celebratory in its attempts to get to grips with the complexities of English national identity.

This is first time that the British commission for the Biennale has returned to tour British shores and, following its successful showing at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, it now takes up residence in Bristol. Deller is working with each venue in the tour to find new ways of presenting the exhibition that are specific to that particular space.

Here, the artist has picked out paintings capturing the Bristol Riots of 1831 and items of taxidermy from the museum's Natural History collections to complement his own murals, videos and installations.

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013. The UK tour of the exhibition is supported by the Art Fund.

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