12 April—21 September 2014

Jeremy Deller: English Magic

English Magic reflects the Turner Prize winning artist’s interest in the diverse nature of British culture: its people, icons, folklore, history and politics.

Jeremy Deller represented the UK with English Magic at the 2013 Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious contemporary art event. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed exhibition as it tours the UK for the first time in the Biennale’s history.

Encounter a magical assembly of large-scale murals, drawings, photographs, film, and historical materials. The exhibition will take you on a journey back and forth through time with references to events real and imagined, including workers’ strikes, the Iraq war and the Ziggy Stardust tour.

Enjoy installations and commissions made in direct response to the museum’s own collections; including paintings of the Bristol Riots of 1831 by William James Muller and a display of taxidermy, handpicked by Deller.

The exhibition is supported by a programme of events and activities. See What’s On for details

Join in
Feel the weight of history in your hands as you hold Palaeolithic flint hand axes  and create your own prints based on Deller’s mural pieces with a giant rubber stamp!

Mini magic
Visiting with little ones? Explore the magic in our own collections by picking up a free family trail.

Take a little bit of magic home with a range of exhibition merchandise including:

  • Limited edition vinyl of the music from the exhibition
  • English Magic catalogues
  • English Magic tote bag
  • Buy a limited edition mug and get a free pot of tea from the Museum Cafe!

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.

The UK tour of the exhibition is supported by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art and Arts Council England. The tour is the first of its kind and will enable audiences across the country to see the exhibition at the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery; and Turner Contemporary, Margate.