The official artist for the UK general election has been named.
Nicky Hirst has been appointed by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. She will observe the 2019 general election and produce unique work in response to her experience.
Hirst is a London-based multi-media artist, particularly known for her impressionistic responses to history, people and places, attempting to make confusing things into something comprehensible.
She has exhibited in many establishments throughout the UK such as the Courtauld Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and the Imperial War Museum.
Hirst said: “This appointment is a true honour. Prior to this election, I found myself being drawn to current politics more than ever before. Being the Election Artist is a rare opportunity to come to the campaign with an open mind to observe and document what candidates are saying. I want to be as honest and transparent as possible about what I see as I immerse myself in this world. In my work, I’m often more interested in questions than in answers and I see my role as an artist to point at things and further examine processes.”
The Parliamentary Art Collection is a unique selection which documents the history of parliament overt the centuries. The Speakers Advisory committee on Works of Art aims to develop a collection that depicts issues and individual of historical significance.
Melissa Hamnett, Head of Heritage Collections and Curator of Works of Art, UK said: “Nicky Hirst is a great choice for the official 2019 Election artist. She works in a wide range of media and I look forward to seeing how her impressions and experiences develop over the campaign to inform her final work. Election are vital moments in the political history of the nation, and have been the subject of paintings and engravings since the 18th century. Nicky will continue the tradition, illustrating not only politics but the society and culture of our time.”