Simon Roberts will be giving the keynote lecture in association with Photomonth East London, International Photography Festival, at Whitechapel Gallery in London on October 27th. The lecture will focus on his Election Project series and he will also be screening his new film 'Landscapes of Innocence & Experience'. For more details and tickets visit the Whitechapel Gallery website here.
The Election Project touring exhibition at mac, Birmingham
As we approach the anniversary of the 2010 General Election, mac gallery will give audiences the chance to view exclusive photographs taken during the campaign by artist Simon Roberts. From the humdrum realities of day to day canvassing, to iconic moments such as Gordon Brown’s infamous meeting with Gillian Duffy, Roberts’ photographs capture the many dimensions of a General Election. Roberts’ images form a unique social document, which explores the intricacies and eccentricities of Britain’s geographical and political landscape.
On show in the Arena Gallery, open daily 9am – 11pm from Saturday 9 April – Sunday 26 June.
Roberts will be giving an artist talk on 2nd June. For more information, please visit the website- http://www.macarts.co.uk/plan-your-visit/
During his recent artist talk at HOST Gallery in London (September 2010), Simon Roberts discussed the different methods and strategies he employed when producing his work for the Election Artist commission. You can download an illustrated quicktime movie of his talk here- www.theelectionproject.co.uk/Simon_Roberts_Podcast.mov
The Election Project exhibition at Portcullis House has now finished, however, the work will be touring to a few venues during 2011 after which it will enter the permanent Parliamentary Art Collection. More information on the touring venues will be available shortly. In the meantime, please read below to find out details of how to get a copy of the limited edition newspaper that Simon published alongside the exhibition.
In addition to his own series of photographs, Simon encouraged members of the public to get involved with the commission. By using photographs submitted by the general public via digital cameras and mobiles he was attempting to create an alternative vision alongside his own, adding a democratic element to the work in the "hope that my photographs provide not just an antidote to the more stage-managed press photographs which were published during the campaign, but that they also form a historic archive of photograph, which captures the complexity of the UK's social and political landscape in 2010." Simon Roberts. All 1,696 photographs submitted by members of the public form part of the final artwork and can be seen as a 15 metre installation in Portcullis House.
The Public Gallery installed in Portcullis House, October 2010
Public access to the Election Project exhibition in Portcullis House is by free guided tours offered on a first come first serve basis.
The exhibition runs until 13th December and tour times are every Monday: 10.30am and 11.45am
and Friday: 10.30am, 11.45am, 2pm and 3.15pm
Three of Simon's final photographic framed prints on display in Portcullis House, September 2010
For more information please visit: www.parliament.uk/visiting/exhibitions-and-events/exhibitions/election-project-2010-exhibition/
Today the work of the 2010 Election Artist, photographer Simon Roberts, is officially unveiled at an exhibition in the House of Commons.
The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art commissioned Simon in March and his task was to provide an enduring and unique artistic response to the 2010 General Election, whilst at the same time achieving political and geographical balance around the country. To enable him to do this successfully, special access to the election campaign was arranged.
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.
Frank Roseman's campaign team, English Democrat Party, Westminster, 29 March 2010