Jeremy Deller to adorn Arsenal Stadium in eight new collaborative works

Revealed today, eight new artworks by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick will take over the façade of the Emirates Stadium. Deller tells us about the new commission

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork
A wall as part of the exhibition on the new artworks by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick for the Emirates stadium and Arsenal home ground
(Image credit: Courtesy Arsenal)

Turner-prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller’s upcoming artwork commission at the Emirates Stadium, home to Arsenal FC, centre around the community of the football club, and intersect with the iconic signage. 

For the eight pieces created for Arsenal, revealed today, Deller collaborated with fellow Arsenal fans, typographer David Rudnick and politically driven visual artist Reuben Dangoor to create works that look to the future, through handmade banners and reflections on historical events. 

Installation of the artworks will begin on 12 January 2023 and will be completed over the coming weeks. An indoor public exhibition will run from 12 – 14 January.

‘Always Forward’: Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick create Emirates Stadium artworks

Since 2006, the Emirates Stadium in north London has been fronted by an image of an all-male team. In its Deller-, Dangoor- and Rudnick-led reimagining, the venue’s exterior draws on a more diverse representation of fans and players. 

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

Reuben Dangoor, Remember Who You Are, in collaboration with Jeremy Deller and David Rudnick

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

Throughout the designs, Deller’s motifs appear in variations of flags and signage, Eighteen Eighty-Six takes the club’s founding year in a retro font, and Come To See The Arsenal sees bold typography, inspired by fonts on the club’s former home in Highbury. The now Grade-II listed building is depicted elsewhere by Dangoor in two-tone, with Remember Who You Are, imagining the art-deco building filled with players across the ages and referencing historic Arsenal moments.

Deller, Rudnick and Dangoor's aim when embarking on the project was to ensure Arsenal fans were incorporated into the ideas process. ‘I wanted to meet the fans and for them to be involved in this,’ says Deller. 

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

Jeremy Deller, Eighteen Eighty-Six, in collaboration with Reuben Dangoor, David Rudnick and Ed Hall

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

The works are ‘an interpretation of supporters’ passion and knowledge of all things Arsenal’, and the creative team worked from this premise to design a unified image for the club. ‘I’d like to think that these are not separate pieces, but a collaboration between the artists where ‘finding a consistent story and representation of supporters was key’.

An exhibition, running from 12 – 14 January at Candid Arts Trust, will display the completed works as well as flags, handmade by banner maker Ed Hall and photographed as part of Eighteen Eighty-Six, Come To See The Arsenal, Found A Place Where We Belong and We All Follow The Arsenal

The exhibition is open to the public from Thursday 12 January – Saturday 14 January, 10am – 4pm, at Candid Arts Trust, 3-5 Torrens Street, London, EC1V 1NQ

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Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

Reuben Dangoor, Invincible, in collaboration with Jeremy Deller and David Rudnick

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

Jeremy Deller, Come To See The Arsenal, in collaboration with Reuben Dangoor, David Rudnick and Ed Hall

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

Reuben Dangoor, Future Brilliance, in collaboration with Jeremy Deller and David Rudnick 

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

The exhibition of works, featuring final pieces and flags, made bespoke as part of Jeremy Deller, Found A Place Where We Belong, made in collaboration with Reuben Dangoor, David Rudnick and Ed Hall

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

Art works by Jeremy Deller, Reuben Dangoor and David Rudnick as part of the Emirates Stadium artwork

The exhibition of works, featuring final pieces and flags, made bespoke as part of Jeremy Deller, Found A Place Where We Belong, and Eighteen Eighty-Six made in collaboration with Reuben Dangoor, David Rudnick and Ed Hall

(Image credit: Courtesy of Arsenal F.C.)

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Martha Elliott is the Junior Digital News Editor at Wallpaper*. After graduating from university she worked in arts-based behavioural therapy, then embarked on a career in journalism, joining Wallpaper* at the start of 2022. She reports on art, design and architecture, as well as covering regular news stories across all channels.