Film still 'Everybody In The Place: an incomplete history of Britain 1984-1992' (2018) © Jeremy Deller; courtesy the artist

On Wednesday 28 September 2022, internationally celebrated artist Jeremy Deller visited CAST to give a talk and Q&A.

Born in 1966, Jeremy Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004, largely on the strength of his work The Battle of Orgreave, a re-enactment of the clash that took place on 18 June 1984 between police and miners during the miners’ strike. Deller went on to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

The focus of Deller’s talk was on his more recent works, including Everybody in the Place: An incomplete history of Britain 1984-1992, which showed in CAST’s black box screening space for six weeks. The hour-long documentary explores the socio-political history and contemporary legacy of the ‘Second Summer of Love’, tracing the momentum that exploded from illicit underground dance floors in the 1980s, cementing acid house and rave music in the mainstream consciousness. Based on a real-life lecture he delivered to a class of A-level Politics students in North London, the film uses rare and unseen archive footage to illustrate his account of this significant cultural movement.

In addition to his visit to CAST, Deller also visited Helston Community College to meet a group of post-16 students. Under the guidance of Gavin Bloor, Head of Art, the group researched Deller’s work and took part in their own Q&A session.

Deller also gave a talk and Q&A at Falmouth School of Art on Tuesday 27 September to a packed audience of Cornwall-based art students.

A recording of Deller’s talk at CAST can be found here.