Wilderness Way takes Margaret Thatcher’s visit to Teesside in 1987 as a starting point to address the legacy of the 1980s in today’s social landscape. It brings together print, film, ephemera and archival material that explore themes of class struggle, race, the formation of identity, protest, collective agency, and community building. The show is structured around key episodes of Thatcher’s political career between 1977 and 1987 as well as critical representations of Thatcher or topics, both past and present, directly or symbolically associated with her and her policies.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.00am – 4.30pm
Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm
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.