Jeremy Deller's people

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The artist talks about the heroes, collaborators and characters that populate his work

Jeremy Deller's Hayward Gallery exhibition 'Joy in People' highlights his interest in social groups, social and political activities and unique individuals from all walks of life. He tells Time Out about some of the people who have inspired his work.

Adrian Street, Wrestler Ed Hall, Banner-maker Bruce Lacey, Artist Neil Young, Artist Sir David Attenborough, Nature documentarian Dr David Kelly, Biological warfare expert

2. Ed Hall, Banner-maker

Teenagers taking part in 'Procession' in front of one of Ed Hall's banners at the Manchester International Festival, 2009 Teenagers taking part in 'Procession' in front of one of Ed Hall's banners at the Manchester International Festival, 2009

'I found Ed when I was looking for contemporary examples of folk art and saw his banners in Brixton, made after the bombing there. They totally blew me away. He’s made banners for the Lawrence family, about racism in football, pretty much every political event since the GLC. With Ed, it’s about him as a person as well as his work: he’s an embodiment of his work and his work is an embodiment of him. He’s working in a great tradition of protest banners yet bringing something new to it. He’s a craftsman with a political context, in the tradition of William Morris. He makes things of great beauty from situations that can be quite ugly or unpleasant. What I love about Ed's work is that through his banners you can see an alternative history of London.'




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