Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry gives talk at the House of Commons

Hugo Swire MP and Grayson Perry

Photography by Terry Moore

Grayson Perry, dressed as his alter-ego ₓClaireâ‚?, was guest of honour last night at a reception on 22 March at the House of Commons, when his etching ₓPrint for a Politicianâ‚? was unveiled. The etching, which is a modern take on political satire, joins the contemporary collection at the House of Commons. The evening was hosted by Hugo Swire MP, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Works of Art. Grayson thrilled all those who attended â‚" MPs, Peers, parliamentary staff and leading figures from the Art World - with an account of his work, his influences, winning the Turner Prize in 2003, and his thoughts on politics and life in general, illustrating his talk with slides. As for inspiration behind Print for a Politician, the Mappa Mundi had played a significant part. Grayson willingly took questions afterwards on a wide range of subjects, fielding replies with a combination of his customary wit and expertise.

Grayson Perry said "When I was working on 'Print for a Politician' I harboured a fantasy of it hanging in a minister's office helping him to temper any prejudices he may have. He might look upon it and muse 'Yes we are all as bad and good as one another'. Now it has been purchased for the House of Commons I am proud and delighted that one of my drawings may play a tiny part in helping politicians find their inner adult."

Hugo Swire MP Chairman of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art said, I am delighted that we have acquired Print for a Politician for the collection. Grayson Perry is an exciting and hugely talented artist and once we had seen this work it would have been impossible not to have tried to acquire it."