Reviewing and updating the Parliamentary Art Collection
30 September 2020
The Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art is reviewing and updating the Parliamentary Art Collection – supporting its aim for the collection to become more representative of diversity.
In common with the approach being taken by a number of museums, art galleries and other large collections, the intention is to consider the current approach to managing the Collection and how to broaden its diversity and inclusion.
After an initial round of data collection which will feed into a wider review, the Committee has published a list of the works of art in the Collection which relate to the transatlantic slave trade. This includes works depicting both people who had financial or family interests in the transatlantic slave trade and slavery, as well as artwork featuring abolitionists.
Alongside this work, data and resources on the representation of ethnic diversity in the Parliamentary Art Collection has also been gathered. This has been made publicly available as well.
The documents have been developed through crosschecking pieces in the Collection with rigorous academic research, which has identified people known to have been involved in the transatlantic slave trade.
The list is not comprehensive – the review will continue to publish updated versions of this list as new works are discovered through additional research. Initially these updates were published quarterly, but from March 2022 they will be published bi-annually.
The Parliamentary Art Collection and links to the transatlantic slave trade
Representation of ethnic diversity in the Parliamentary Art Collection