Venice Biennale and touring in 2014
Jeremy Deller, a Turner Prize winner who is becoming renowned for drawing influence from social issues and protest movements, has been selected to curate the British Pavillion at the international art festival in Venice.
One room is dedicated to the socialist and artist William Morris. A stand out piece is "We Sit Starving Together Amidst Our Gold", a mural painted by artist Stuart Sam Hughes. It shows a young William Morris throwing Roman Abramovich's yacht into the sea. When asked why Morris was featured, Deller says that he had a sense that "this yacht and its connection to the art world was the kind of thing that would have pissed him off".
The show also includes pieces from the banner maker Ed Hall, quoting David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World", and work collected by the Koestler Trust, the prison arts charity. Deller went into three prisons to run drawing workshops in preparation for the exhibition.
After Venice, the show will tour venues across Britain including the William Morris Gallery in east London, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and the Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Jeremy Deller's British Council commission is at la Biennale di Venezia until 24 November and will tour national venues in 2014.