As part of a citywide celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Metal presents a new artwork by Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller.
With A Little Help from My Friends is a new work by visual artist Jeremy Deller, inspired by the Beatles’ song about friendship, loneliness and love. By 1967 The Beatles were the most famous people in the world no doubt a totally alienating experience considering their youth, naturally they depended greatly on each other and on a few trusted friends for support.
The relationship between the individual and society is a powerful theme in the work of Jeremy Deller and in his response to this song, he has made two public art commissions that examine the nature of friendship and self-sacrifice, not just with those we know but also between strangers.
One part of this new commission took place on Friday 2 June, where Deller, in collaboration with Penny Lane Builders brought small acts of generosity to those in need. From 8.30am until 5pm, Deller’s project helped “friends” across the city, and saw the team respond to 27 emergency calls, carrying out electrical and plumbing work, as well as handyman services such as joinery. Upon completion of these works, in place of a bill, residents took part in an intimate moment of exchange, receiving a limited edition artwork courtesy of Jeremy Deller, as a keepsake of this act of kindness and memento of the festival.
This new work was presented in addition to a series of billboards and fly poster sites, featuring Deller’s tribute to Brian Epstein. A public artwork intervening in the daily lives of city dwellers, commuters and tourists, Deller’s iconic image of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, and the words “Brian Epstein died for you” can be seen in every corner of the city including prime sites at Lime Street station and in the neighbourhoods of Edge Hill, Kensington, Wavertree and Toxteth.
Jeremy Deller biography
Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller (b. 1966, London; lives London) studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Sussex University. In 2001, Deller staged The Battle of Orgreave, a re-enactment which brought together around 1000 veteran miners and members of historical societies to restage the 1984 clash between miners and police at Orgreave, Yorkshire. Deller represented Britain in the 2013 Venice Biennale. We’re here because we’re here (2016, UK-wide) was a modern memorial commemorating the Battle of the Somme, created with National Theatre’s Rufus Norris and commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. In 2016, Deller collaborated with Iggy Pop presenting a drawing class with Pop as model and subject. The exhibition presented the resulting drawings along with works from historical collections, chosen by Deller examining shifting representations of masculinity throughout history.