Cornelia Parker is the official Election Artist for 2017

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01 May 2017

Cornelia Parker has been named as the nation’s official Election Artist for the 2017 General Election. 

Selected by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, she will observe the 2017 General Election and produce a unique work of art in response to her experience of the campaign. Her final artwork will join the Parliamentary Art Collection later in 2017.

Cornelia Parker is a prominent UK artist represented in many international public collections, including Tate, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the UK Government Art Collection.

A former Turner Prize nominee, Parker was elected a Royal Academician in 2009, and won the Apollo Magazine Artist of the Year Award in 2016. She has longstanding interest in political subjects and is well placed to create a work of art to reflect upon the General Election of 2017.

Her recent projects have included 'Magna Carta (An Embroidery)', celebrating the document’s 800th anniversary. A commentary on freedoms from a 21st century perspective, the work, which toured round the UK, featured embroidered contributions from famous individuals engaged in politics and human rights.

Her work has been displayed both nationally and internationally, including at Tate Modern and the British Library, London; Ikon, Birmingham; the Baltic, Gateshead; the Whitworth, Manchester; and  the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Alison McGovern MP, Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, said:

“I am delighted that my Committee has chosen Cornelia Parker as Parliament’s official 2017 election artist. She’s the first woman artist to take on this role and it’ll be really exciting to see how her ideas for this artwork develop over the campaign period.”

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Image: Cornelia Parker portrait/Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London/Photographer Lily McMillan

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