A print by artist Chloe Cheese, one of a series of six commissioned by the House of Commons to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and capture images of Portcullis House, was revealed today for the first time.
Chloe Cheese’ work depicts to Vote Office inside Portcullis House, this is where the business papers are dispensed to MPs and their staff each day. The print is the result of 4 days of observation and sketching in Portcullis House capturing this hub of Parliamentary activity at work.
Background to the commission:
The role of the Works of Art Collection is to document the history, people and activities of Parliament and it provides a valuable record of these aspects of Parliamentary life and how they change and develop over time. Topographical works, documenting the site and buildings of Westminster make up an important element of the Collection. Portcullis House, which was formally opened by the Queen in 2001, is currently under-represented in the Collection and this commission helps address this omission. Works of art are regularly used by the Education and Outreach departments to explain the work of Parliament. The Collection hangs throughout the Parliamentary Estate and is accessible to those who visit the building on tours and via www.parliament.uk/art.
In instigating this Commission the Works of Art Committee were keen to support UK artists. Each artist received a fee of £1,750 for the Commission. Each artist undertook a residency in Portcullis House when they were able to observe, sketch and photograph. Working with this source material the artists developed the artwork for their prints. A proof was produced and agreed by the Works of Art Committee before the artists produced an edition of prints. The House of Commons receives two copies of each print into its Collection, the artist’s proof and the first print of the edition. The rest of the edition remains with the artists for general sale either as sets or individually.
Members of the public on the Contemporary Portraiture in Portcullis House tour will be able to see the prints on display in Portcullis House.
The prints together with an exhibition explaining the background to the commission and how the prints were made will be on display during Open House weekend when Portcullis House is open to the public free of charge.
‘The Vote Office - Portcullis House’ by Chloe Cheese, lithograph, edition of 30 (WOA 7377)