Simon Roberts - The Election Project
As the official Election Artist, Simon Roberts was commissioned by the House of Commons to produce a series of artworks that responded to the 2010 UK General Election. During the 24 days of official campaigning Roberts went around the UK in a motor home photographing local landscapes and scenes connected to the election, focusing on the relationship between politicians and the voting public.
Here he gives a fully illustrated low-down on the experience, including the stories behind the images – being at Duffygate with Gordon Brown, covering Nick Clegg after the first TV debate when he briefly became the new ‘prince of politics’ and David Cameron on polling day. Simon will also screen an exclusive preview of the film he shot at the time. His talk is a fascinating exposé of how the main parties try to control images from their political campaigns and, setting these against the photographs submitted by the general public to the project, reveals much about the democratic process we take for granted.