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25 May 2018

The Parliamentary Art Collection's portraits of Tony Benn and Lord Carrington by Andrew Tift have gone on display in a new free exhibition at The New Gallery Walsall.

The exhibition 'Andrew Tift: Immortalise' (25 May – 2 September 2018) focuses on the genre of portraiture and combines brand new works with selected pieces from Tift’s portfolio.

These include the well-known acrylic painting of late former MP Tony Benn (1998), which usually hangs in Portcullis House and is one of the most popular works in the Parliamentary Art Collection.

Also included is Tift's portrait of Lord Carrington - the longest serving member of the House of Lords and the last peer to have held one of the four Great Offices of State - which was unveiled in 2015.

The loans were agreed by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art in the House of Commons, and the Lord Speaker's Advisory Panel on Works of Art in the House of Lords.

'Andrew Tift: Immortalise'

Location: The New Art Gallery Walsall, West Midlands
Dates: 25 May – 2 September 2018
Price: FREE

Image: Detail of 'Rt Hon. Tony Benn MP' by Andrew Tift, acrylic on canvas, 1998 (Parliamentary Art Collection, WOA 4761)

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Works of Art (Speaker's Advisory Committee)

The Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art is appointed by the Speaker to advise on matters relating to works of art in the House of Commons

Works of Art Advisory Panel (Lords)

The Works of Art Advisory Panel considers matters relating to works of art and artistic heritage