The House of Commons has selected me to be the nation’s official Election Artist, commissioned by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, to document the campaign activity in the run up to the 2010 General Election.
The artwork will be my own interpretation and record of the General Election, based on special access to the election campaigns. My photographs will be exhibited in the House of Commons later this year and enter the Parliamentary Art Collection.
The project will centre on the relationship between the politicians canvassing and the voting public with images from battle-buses and village greens to polling stations and shopping centres. I plan to traverse the country in a motorhome during the three weeks of canvassing, photographing with a traditional 5x4” plate camera on film. I hope that the multi-layered and detailed tableaux images will provide an enduring and unique artistic response to the next General Election.
There have been two previous election commissions: Jonathan Yeo’s Proportional Representation, a series of three portraits of the party leaders painted for the 2001 General Election and David Godbold's Forward not backward, a series of eighteen drawings made for the 2005 General Election. This will be the first time photography has been selected as the medium.
You can download a press release about the commission here.