Artwork - Goodman Park polling station, Slough, 6 May 2010, Slough constituency\n

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  • Title: Goodman Park polling station, Slough, 6 May 2010, Slough constituency\n
  • Artist: Simon Roberts
  • Date: 2010--
  • Medium: Photograph
  • Dimensions: 90cm (h) x 120cm (w) x - (d) x - (dia)
  • Categories: Events
  • Catalogue number: WOA 7157
  • Description: Simon Roberts was commissioned as the official election artist by the Speaker\'s Advisory Committee on Works of Art at the House of Commons in 2010. His task was to provide an enduring and unique artistic response to the General Election, whilst at the same time achieving political and geographical balance around the country. On 12th April 2010 the election was called for 6th May and during the twenty-four days of canvassing which ensued Simon traversed the UK in a motor home, photographing events with a traditional 4 x 5 inch plate camera on to film.

    His attention focused on the relationship between the canvassing politicians and the voting public. He recorded not only the three main political parties but also the smaller parties and independent candidates, whilst simultaneously inviting the public to submit their own images of election activity in their area. The result is a series of 25 images, one representing each day Simon spent on the campaign trail, and includes a final photograph capturing an unexpected additional day: the coalition talks.
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