The installation of film, photographs and audio recordings documenting Jeremy Deller’s 2001 re-enactment of the Battle of Orgreave is presented by Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. Deller compared the confrontation at Orgreave to the English Civil War, a conflict that began and ended in Worcester. Additionally the city’s MP Peter Walker was the Energy Minister throughout the Miner's Strike of 1984, and thus the voice of the government during the significant period at Orgreave. An accompanying exhibition titled ‘Divided Loyalties’ explores the history of division in the area from the English Civil War to the present.
Monday - Saturday 10:30 - 16:30
The Battle of Orgreave Archive (An Injury to One is an Injury to All) is in The Artangel Collection. Since its initial presentation, the work has been re-presented several times, including installations at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton in 2013, at Modern Art Oxford in the spring of 2015 and at Tate Britain in the summer of 2015.
Jeremy Deller was selected as part of the 1999 Open call for proposals from Artangel. He went on to contribute to Hearts of Darkness, part of A Room for London in 2012, and is now the current Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Deller is a celebrated British artist who makes politically and socially-charged performance works. He was born in London and studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Deller received the Turner Prize in 2004, and his show at Tate Britain included documentation of The Battle of Orgreave, as well as the installation Memory Bucket, 2003, a documentary about Crawford, Texas – the hometown of George W Bush – and the siege in nearby Waco. In 2007, Deller was appointed a Trustee of Tate.
Much of Deller’s work involves collaboration with individuals and groups of people. Acid Brass, 1997, was a series of concerts and a recording by the Williams Fairey Band playing brass band interpretations of classic acid house anthems. The Uses of Literacy, 1999, was an exhibition of writing and artwork made by fans of the rock band The Manic Street Preachers. And, with artist Alan Kane, Deller initiated Folk Archive, an ongoing project that investigates the state of contemporary folk art in the United Kingdom. In late 2006, Deller instigated The Bat House Project, an architectural competition open to the public for a bat house on the outskirts of London.
Mike Figgis is a British film-maker, writer, composer and photographer who made his feature film debut with Stormy Monday in 1988. His other work includes the Hollywood thriller Internal Affairs, the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas and the experimental split-screen drama Time Code.