Collaboration five: The artists
- 23 July 2012
- From the section Magazine
Jeremy Deller is a celebrated conceptual, video and installation artist.
He's not an artist in the traditional sense - he can't really paint or draw.
Instead, Deller specialises in creating unique events through unusual collaborations. From working with British miners to recreate The Battle of Orgreave, to Acid Brass (a colliery brass band performing Acid House music) his work is always highly original, socially engaged and culturally inclusive.
In 2009 Deller orchestrated a civic parade through Manchester city centre which put some of the city's more contemporary iconography to the fore, including Joy Division songs played by a steel band.
In Collaboration Culture Deller heads off to collaborate on a new artistic work featuring steel pan bands in the country that invented them: Trinidad.
Michelle Huggins-Watts is the band leader and musical arranger of champion Trinidadian steel pan band Valley Harps. She is one of the very few female arrangers in the world of steel pan performance and competition on the island.
Huggins-Watts toured the world as a steel pan musician before settling back in Trinidad determined to bring more young people into the music.
A decade ago she set about rejuvenating Valley Harps steel pan group and was rewarded with a first place victory in the 2011 Panorama music competition - the most keenly fought annual music event in Trinidad.
She has an degree in cultural studies from University of West Indies and is a music teacher at Trinity College in Moka, Maraval, where she also runs a junior pan band.