City Art gallery & Museum,
Jeremy Deller compares the Miner’s Strike to the English Civil War:
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that the strike, like a civil war, had a traumatically divisive effect at all levels of life in the UK. Families were torn apart because of divided loyalties, the union movement was split on its willingness to support the National Union of Mineworkers… in all but name it became an ideological and industrial battle between the two sections of British society.”
On 18 June 1984, the area around the Orgreave coking plant was the site of one of the strike’s most violent clashes. Jeremy Deller’s artwork The Battle of Orgreave, was a spectacular recreation of that day, orchestrated for Deller by a historical re-enactment expert. More than 800 people participated in the event, including former miners and former policemen, reliving the events from 1984. Other participants were drawn from Civil War societies who were more used to re-enacting fights like the 1651 Battle of Worcester.
On loan from The Artangel Collection at Tate, the exhibition includes a documentary film directed by Mike Figgis, alongside objects, images and audio recordings from the artist's archive of research materials for the re-enactment of the battle.
|Thu 29 Sep - Sat 26 Nov 2016||10:30 to 14:30|
SO 849553 52.19647 -2.22220
By Road - Follow signs to the city centre then to Foregate Street Railway Station. The Art Gallery and Museum is 150 metres up from the station.
Directions from Worcester Foregate Street Train Station - Turn right out of the station & it is 150 metres on the same side of the road.
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