I’ve never met a Turner Prize (2004) winner before, nor someone who has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I wanted to talk to Jeremy about his amazing idea of an enormous mural of a Hen Harrier clutching a Range Rover which referenced the reported events at Sandringham in October 2007.
We talked about the Sandringham case from our different perspectives and we talked about Hen Harriers. Jeremy has never seen a Hen Harrier but he thinks they are wonderful birds. I wonder whether one day I could show him one?
The mural at the Venice Biennale was even larger than the version now on show at the Turner Contemporary at Margate. The gallery in which it was exhibited was a the top of what passes for a hill in Venice and as the doors opened the image of the Hen Harrier could be seen from outside the gallery at a distance of 150m. Over 400,000 people saw the Hen Harrier mural in Venice and it has been seen by another 200,000 people in subsequent exhibitions. That’s a lot of people who have been exposed to a striking image of a striking bird and the striking story of what was reported to have happened to two of them in Norfolk in 2007 which I regard as the most famous unsolved wildlife crime in the UK.
Jeremy had heard about Hen Harrier Day and was very supportive of what we are doing.
He may be the only Turner Prize winner to have signed our e-petition on banning driven grouse shooting.
Here’s another controversial image by Deller which includes a Hen Harrier entitled Monarchs of the Glen (Richard Benyon MP has an unexpected meeting on his grouse moor with some raptors ).
And here is that Hen Harrier mural with Mandy (who painted some of the bird’s right wing).