Yorkshire helps to inspire election artist

The official artwork of the General Election by artist Adam Dant
The official artwork of the General Election by artist Adam Dant
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LEEDS TOWN Hall takes pride of place in the official artwork of this year’s General Election.

The work, called ‘The Government Stable’ was compiled from a series of sketches by artist Adam Dant as shadowed politicians, activisists and journalists on the campaign trail in April and May.

Leeds Town Hall was the dramatic backdrop for the final televised ‘debate’ of the election campaign and it is the building’s impressive vaulted ceilings which provide the inspiration for the upper parts of Mr Dant’s work.

A much less well known part of Yorkshire, the Britvic bottling plant in Leeds, also features.

Chancellor George Osborne delivered a speech at the plant during the election campaign and ‘The Government Stable’ depicts one of the gigantic stacks of drinks and workers in high-vis jackets which provided the backdrop.

Mr Dant said: “As everything is drawn from actual events I witnessed and sketched, it would be possible, had one been paying very close attention to the course of the 2015 election campaign via conventional news media, to identify and recount the stories of every detail depicted in the finished drawing.”

The work will go on display in Parliament’s Portcullis House tomorrow and will be moved to a public location later in the year.

Caroline Nokes MP, chairman of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art, said: ”As someone who has had the privilege of seeing multiple elections from the inside, I find Adam Dant’s monumental encyclopaedia of the 2015 election a fitting record of that historic event.

Adam’s source material, two dozen sketchbooks produced while on the campaign trail, provide a unique visual diary of electioneering in Britain in 2015, and his final work, The Government Stable, reflects both the unique experiences of individual participants and the grand sweep of the election campaign.”