Jeremy Deller's exhibition, English Magic, created for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2013, reflects the roots of much of Deller’s work, focusing on British society. It includes people, icons, myths, folklore and cultural and political history and addresses events from the past and present, to an imagined future. Deller worked with a varied range of collaborators to create the exhibition, including archaeologists, musicians, bird handlers, prisoners and painters.
English Magic toured to three venues in the UK throughout 2014 and this pack was designed for teachers and youth workers, as well all colleagues involved in broad contexts of learning, including community leaders, adult education tutors and artists.
The teaching strategies and suggested activities it contains are geared towards secondary and 16+ students and can be used to support your own learning, either in preparing for an independent gallery visit with your group or a taught workshop. It also provides support for planning your responses and follow up learning activities after visiting the exhibition.
Reflecting Deller's multi-disciplinary interests, and the varied themes of the exhibition, we suggest that you discuss this pack and exhibition with colleagues teaching English, Politics, History or Geography. Consider developing shared gallery visits and lesson plans, thus enabling richer engagement with the broad exhibition themes of identity and Englishness, popular culture and political history.
If you are a youth worker, community leader or adult education tutor working in informal learning contexts, we suggest you discuss this exhibition and share skills with colleagues who may be building local, democratic networks linked with housing, health or sport, through voluntary groups, charities, co-ops etc.
English Magic toured to the following UK venues;
William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow - 18 January - 30 March 2014
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol - 12 April – 21 September 2014
Turner Contemporary, Margate - 11 Oct – 11 Jan 2015