The UK’s first ever female Election Artist has produced a collection of artworks for the Parliamentary Art Collection which are intended to reflect the tone and mood of this unique snap election.
The artworks consist of two films, entitled ‘Left Right & Centre’ (above) and ‘Election Abstract’, which are the first digital artworks to enter the Parliamentary Art Collection. These are accompanied by a series of fourteen photographic prints selected from Cornelia Parker’s Instagram feed and taken while she was following the campaign trail.
During the election campaign, Cornelia Parker observed first hand events across the United Kingdom including hustings, manifesto launches, protests, marches and televised debates.
On her travels she met with voters and candidates, witnessed an election count and attended the State Opening of Parliament. Her Instagram account (@electionartist2017) became her ‘sketchbook’ for candidly capturing the essence of the snap election.
Cornelia Parker’s election artworks will be on public display in Westminster Hall from Monday 5 February 2018 until Wednesday 11 April 2018. Free tickets to visit the exhibition are now available to book on the Visit Parliament webpages.
As an important addition to the holdings of the Contemporary Collection, the artworks will then be placed on permanent public display in a prominent location in Portcullis House.
Cornelia Parker OBE RA, Official Election Artist for the 2017 General Election said:
“When I was invited by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art to be the official Election Artist for the 2017 snap election, one of the big draws for me was access; to be able to literally work inside Parliament while trying to grasp the conundrum that is today’s democracy. I have tried to create a body of works that reflect this very particular moment in electoral history, to offer another perspective.”
Alison McGovern MP, Chair of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art said:
“Cornelia Parker’s artworks representing the 2017 snap General Election are a valuable record which capture the unique mood and issues surrounding this historic event in UK history. We are delighted that these thought-provoking artworks by one of the UK’s most prolific artists – and the first ever female Election Artist – will now join the Parliamentary Art Collection for the public to enjoy and be inspired by.”
Cornelia Parker is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London