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Jeremy Deller, artist.

Jeremy Deller, artist, is interviewed by Lauren Laverne.

The Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller is perhaps best known for We’re Here Because We’re Here, a moving and powerful memorial to the Battle of the Somme, and The Battle of Orgreave – a re-enactment of the confrontation between police and pickets at the height of the miners’ strike.

Deller doesn’t paint, draw or sculpt and his work encompasses film, photography and installations. At school his creative endeavours were not always appreciated, and at 13 he was asked to leave the art class.

His lifelong love of history was ignited by childhood trips to museums with his father, and is evident in the subjects he addresses, from Stonehenge, which he re-created as a giant bouncy castle, to William Morris. He managed to meet Andy Warhol in London in 1986 and went to spend two formative weeks at Warhol’s New York City studio, the Factory. The experience crystallised in Deller the belief that art can come in many forms and that an artist can create their own world of ideas.

His memorial to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre will be unveiled in August 2019.

BOOK CHOICE: An A to Z London Street Atlas
LUXURY: A stretch of road over Hay Bluff between Hay-on-Wye and Abergavenny.
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Out of the Blue by Roxy Music.

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Paula McGinley

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Fri 11 Jan 2019 09:00

Music Played

  • The Sweet

    Block Buster!

    • Collections.
    • BMG.
    • 2.
  • The Beach Boys

    In My Room

    • Surfer Girl.
    • EMI.
    • 7.
  • Roxy Music

    Out of the Blue

    • Country Life.
    • Polydor.
    • 4.
  • The KLF

    Last Train to Trancentral (Live from the Lost Continent)

    • Last Train to Trancentral.
    • KLF Communications.
    • 1.
  • The Congos


    • Heart of the Congos.
    • VP Records.
    • 1.
  • Melodians Steel Orchestra


  • The Freedom Singers

    We Shall Overcome

    • Sing For Freedom: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement Through Its Songs.
    • TP4 Music.
    • 26.
  • Willie Nelson

    Red Headed Stranger

    • Red Headed Stranger.
    • Sony.
    • 6.


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