Turner Winner Jeremy Deller Is About To Put The Fun In London's Art Scene

Art can be fun, right? That’s not the whole story with Britain’s leading contemporary artist Jeremy Deller (who once made a suit for Esquire) but he sure can turn academic ideas into riotous acts.

Deller's work is in part marked by its participatory aspects, hence the title of his 2012 Hayward Gallery retrospective Joy in People. He's also created an exhibition of Manic Street Preachers fan art, a tour of 'people's art', a parade through Manchester and, in the commercial sphere, threw a garden party in Louis Vuitton. 

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Two events in the next fortnight demonstrate just what Deller's about: first, tonight the Melodians Steel Orchestra from South London will perform tracks from Deller’s film English Magic – a celebration of British culture - originally produced for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

Tracks include Symphony in D Minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald and The Man Who Sold The World by David Bowie. Imagine Bowie on the steel drums. That’s how Deller rolls.

It’s going to be at the Copeland Book Market, tonight 19 July. 

And if you miss that, Deller’s bringing his life size inflatable Stonehenge to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the following weekend.

Yes, you read that correctly: a bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge.

I know, right? You’re there already. It’s at the Open East Festival 27 & 28 July.