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Annual Financial Report 2014-15 published

24 November 2015

The Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art is committed to developing the Parliamentary Art collection by acquiring works that depict issues and individuals of particular historical significance to Parliament.

In 2014-15, the Committee acquired a number of artworks, including a study, by Charles Sims, of the Commons Chamber for a painting showing the introduction of Lady Astor into the House of Commons in 1919; a National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) badge, as well as a National League for Opposing Women's Suffrage badge.

The Committee also commissioned several artworks for the Collection, which included a portrait painting of Rt Hon Dame Dawn Primarolo by Richard Brazier, a series of photographs of the Banking Commission by Ian MacDonald, and the monumental election artwork "The Government Stable" by Adam Dant.

The Parliamentary Art Collection is a unique and valuable national collection which documents and illustrates the history of Parliament over the centuries. It also explains the function and activities of Parliament today. The Committee is keen that the Collection is made accessible to the public, through exhibitions and loans, often with partner organisations, but also through a range of interpretative material posted on the website, including virtual tours.

Items from the loaned Collection during the year included the 2004 portrait of Paul Boateng by Jonathan Yeo for an exhibition at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, a painting of 'Mrs Thatcher and the Ghosts of the Belgrano' by Gerald Scarfe, to an exhibition at the Bowes Museum, and fifteen of the twenty-four photographs recording the 2010 General Election by Simon Roberts, the House's official Election Artist, to the Photofusion Gallery.

Image: Parliamentary copyright