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Local Jeremy Deller exhibition ends this weekend

Waltham Forest residents have only a few more days to catch the popular “English Magic” exhibition at the William Morris Gallery – the first UK gallery to host the exhibition.

Closing on Sunday 30 March, Jeremy Deller’s “English Magic” attracted over 1,700 visitors in its opening weekend, after the exhibition opened as the first stop on the show’s national tour.

The exhibition also features objects designed or used by Morris himself, selected by Deller from the Gallery’s permanent collection.

The Gallery, owned and run by Waltham Forest Council and recently improved by a £5million transformation, has hosted a number of events to accompany the show, including a workshop and a popular Q&A with Deller.

Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “The William Morris Gallery is an important part of our cultural heritage and, as Morris’ former home, holds a significant amount of history. Being the first UK destination for “English Magic” is a huge honour for us and knowing that Morris has inspired Deller’s work and this exhibition makes the partnership all the more special.

“We look forward to future special exhibitions at the Gallery bringing high-quality art to Waltham Forest for everyone to enjoy.”

This weekend also offers the chance to see the “Fir Tree Falconry” displays on Saturday 29 March in Lloyd Park, inspired by Deller’s film installation. This free family-friendly event will run from 1-4pm, allowing visitors to hold one of the birds of prey that feature in the film.

Notes to Editors

“English Magic” was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013. It was first shown in the British Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice (“La Biennale di Venezia”). The UK tour of the exhibition is supported by the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for art, and Arts Council England. It is the first of its kind and will enable audiences across the country to enjoy the exhibition, travelling next to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Turner Contemporary, Margate.

For more information on the Gallery event, please visit: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/jeremy-deller-english-magic

For more information on the Birds of Prey event, please visit: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/birds-of-prey

About the Art Fund

The Art Fund is the national fundraising charity for art, helping museums to buy and show great art for everyone. Over the past five years it has given over £26millon to help museums and galleries acquire works of art for their collections and placed hundreds of gifts and bequests, from ancient sculpture and treasure hoards to Old Master paintings and contemporary commissions. It also helps museums share their collections with wider audiences through supporting a range of tours and exhibitions, including the national tour of the Artist Rooms collection and the 2013-2014 tours of Grayson Perry’s tapestries The Vanity of Small Differences (co-owned by the British Council Collection and Arts Council

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