Jeremy Deller gives away 10,000 pieces of Roman Abramovich-themed work for Own Art

By Culture24 Reporter | 09 July 2014

Jeremy Deller fans are being given a final call to own a work by the artist for free

A green image of a sea as seen through fog with buildings visible in the background
A sneak preview of the work Jeremy Deller is giving away to 10,000 people. The artist has created the digital animation for art-buying scheme Own Art© Courtesy Own Art / Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller, the former Turner Prize-winning artist, has given the public the chance to download 10,000 individual pieces of a specially-commissioned artwork, based on a piece from the 2013 Venice Biennale and created with the aim of allowing people around the world to become collectors.

Deller’s animation, We sit starving amidst our Gold (William Morris visits the Venice Biennale in 2011 and gets to grips with Roman Abramovich’s yacht Luna), has been split into thousands of stills in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Own Art, the Arts Council-backed scheme which has allowed more than 30,000 people to buy works through interest-free loans.

Organisers say they have been “overwhelmed” by the response to the limited edition artworks, calling Deller’s championing of democratisation a “perfect fit” for their idea of an Own Art Collective.

“I’m really proud that Own Art has been successful in inspiring so many thousands of people to take their first steps as buyers and collectors,” said Chief Executive Mary-Alice Stack.

“The sales that the scheme has supported over the past 10 years has also been important in assisting the galleries we work with, and the artists they represent, to be more sustainable as businesses.”

First exhibited as part of Deller’s English Magic exhibition, the animation will be screened across Westfield London and Westfield London on July 19.

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