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Turner Prize winning artist visits Stretford school
12:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
STUDENTS at Stretford High School were treated to a visited from BBC’s Newsnight as part of a programme following the work of Jeremy Deller, a Turner Prize winning conceptual artist.
Along with the excitement of being filmed for national television, pupils were given a talk from Jeremy Deller on his upcoming exhibition All That Is Solid Melts Into Air which is being launched next month at Manchester Art Gallery.
They also delivered their own presentations to Jeremy about how conditions were for children living in the 1800s, whilst being filmed for the Newsnight programme.
Jeremy Deller is a conceptual, video and installation artist who won the Turner Prize in 2004. Deller is known for his Battle of Orgreave, a reenactment of the actual Battle of Orgreave, which occurred during the UK miners' strike in 1984.
Lindsay Brindley, SHS associate headteacher said: “It is of utmost importance that our students are involved in cultural exchanges and we were lucky enough – with our links to Manchester Art Gallery – to receive a visit from one of the most successful artists of our time.
“It was great to hear some of Jeremy’s personal experiences. He told our students that that if you love something keep doing it, even if others criticise your work - eventually it will work out.
“Students were able to speak to Jeremy about his work, whilst also practicing their presentation skills. It was a really enjoyable afternoon, made even more exciting by the presence of a television crew!”
* The Newsnight programme is due to air on October 9 to coincide with Jeremy’s opening of his exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery on October 12.
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