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04 November 2019

Since 2001 the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art have selected an ‘Election Artist’ to follow and observe the general election, and to produce an artwork in response to their experience of the campaign.


Cornelia Parker, 2017 Election Artist

Cornelia Parker was selected as the first ever female Election Artist for the 2017 General Election. 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.

Following the campaign she produced two films (Left Right & Centre and Election Abstract) as well as a series of photographic prints. All of these artworks were acquired for the Parliamentary Art Collection and went on public display in Westminster Hall in early 2018.

Left Right & Centre

The film 'Left Right & Centre' features newspapers collected during the 2017 General Election campaign period and the eventful months that followed. The newspapers and their headlines chart the polarised opinions of the Left, Right (and Centre).

Filmed in the dark at night and in the light of the following day, the film captures a new perspective of a very familiar space seen from two different points of view; the first a benign dispassionate observer and the second a malign agitator that disrupts and unsettles.


Cornelia Parker is represented by Frith Street Gallery, London

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