Jeremy Deller • We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold
Co-commissioners: Own Art

Curator's Introduction

Own Art is a simple and brilliant idea – working with more than 250 Galleries in the UK, they make it possible to buy an original work of art with an interest free loan, spreading the cost over ten months. And after ten years and over 30,000 purchases, they are celebrating with The Space, giving 10,000 people a very special present, created by Jeremy Deller.

Jeremy Deller is brilliant, always surprising, always searching for new ideas and new ways to engage with new audiences, so he is an obvious artist for this commission. It is a joy to work with him again after the triumph of Sacrilege, bounced upon by over 250,000 people all over the world.

Artistic Summary

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Own Art has commissioned Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to create a digital animation. Based on his work from the Venice Biennale 2013, the animation has been split into individual limited edition stills and made available online as works of art. Everyone who owns one of these works of art is part of a global Own Art Collective, showing that anyone can be an art collector.

The new artwork is an animation of a painting by Stuart Hughes originally made for the British Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2013, where Jeremy Deller was chosen to represent England and developed English Magic, an exhibition which is now touring the UK.

Jeremy Deller's approach is a perfect fit for the commission – championing the democratisation of art ownership and allowing thousands of people to begin their own art collection.

This co-commission between The Space and Own Art is supported by Sedition, who share the values of all the partners in making it easier to access world class art.

If you signed up to The Space newsletter you can collect your artwork now by visiting digital art collectors Sedition and own a part of We Sit Starving Amidst Our Gold



Jeremy Deller, Artist

Sedition, Distributors of Art



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