ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON WORKS OF ART
Member of the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art
Dean is a member of the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. The committee is a cross-party group of Members appointed by the Speaker to advise on the use and management of the Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons.
This includes the purchase of works of art, safeguarding the Parliamentary Art Collection, ensuring new purchases are in line with the Acquisition Policy and to advise officials on the decorative interiors of the Commons areas of the Parliamentary Estate.
About the Collection
Parliament has been collecting works of art for over 150 years. The origin of the Collection was in the 1840s when large wall paintings and marble statues were added to the newly built Palace of Westminster. It currently has over 9,000 works of art, divided between the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
It is a collection of national and international significance, which the Committee and the staff in the Curator's Office develop, care for and interpret to ensure it remains relevant to the changing face of Parliament. Care is also taken to illustrate the people and events which have made a difference to the political life of the UK and ensure a variety of styles and approaches from UK-based artists are represented.
Work of the Committee
The Committee's remit is:
to advise the Speaker on matters relating to the Art Collection in the House of Commons;
to purchase works of art from an acquisition budget funded by the House of Commons, in accordance with the finance rules of the House;
to help safeguard the Parliamentary Art Collection and ensure new purchases are in line with the Acquisition Policy and represent good value for money;
to advise officials, as appropriate, on the decorative interiors of the Commons part of the Palace of Westminster and of other Commons buildings on the Parliamentary Estate; and
to make proposals on the siting of works of art to the Administration Committee.