Assignment one – Part B (plan)

Interpret Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave and reflect on the importance of time and place in this piece. Write 800-1,000 words.

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Title: ‘Battle of Orgreave, 2001’

Introduction (100 words): I will be analysing Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave and how it deals with the themes of time and place (essence sentence). The piece is a re-enactment of the 1984 miners strike, in which the miners were chased and pursued by the police. The re-enactment took place in 2001 with one thousand participants, two hundred of which had been former miners (and former policemen?) that had been involved in the original dispute.


  1. Personal response to the piece, initial reaction, what do I think?
  2. Media and form (including performance and installation)
  3. Why has Deller chosen this format? comparison to Goya paintings of battles and conflicts, inspiration from seeing the news
  4. Contextual information (what influenced this piece? what does it talk about? political bias, Margaret Thatcher, original policemen and miners? what could this mean?)
  5. Time and place (was it re-enacted same place? memories for ‘battle’ veterans? place defined by event)
  6. Deller’s other work, how do they relate?
  7. What does it achieve?

Conclusion (100 words, one main point)

Interpretation is more important than description.

Use limited amount of sources.


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