Brian Haw Parliamentary Square long term peace campaigner with Michelle Sadgrove, project manager for fabricating display, a team of fifteen artist who worked on the Mark Wallinger, installation at Tate Britain. Michelle Sadgrove and Brian Haw are attending the Private View of the exhibition of this work which consists of a meticulous reconstruction of the Brian Haw’s peace protest displays in Parliament Square, as they were on 22nd May 06 the last day before the police confiscated most of the original version from Parliament Square. Millbank, London, UK, 15th January 2007
Michelle Sadgrove’s involvement in Mark Wallinger’s “State Britain” began with researching and taking on the role of participant observer on Parliament Square. From this research, Michelle Sadgrove created an archive (with the help of the Parliament Square peace campaigners of Brian Haw and Maria Gallastegui) of the 1,500 amalgamated items that made-up Brian Haw’s demonstration. The realisation of this work took seven months. Managing it’s recreation with a very hands on approach, Sadgrove selected fifteen artists at varying intervals to work alongside herself, while maintaining meticulous attention to detail on all aspects of this 40 metre work of art. Every item was reproduced in a manner rigorously based on the original artefact. Parallel to the work at the studio, Sadgrove managed the Tate Britain team in installing this work. “State Britain” went on to win The Turner Prize in 2007, and in 2008. Sadgrove also supervised the installation it at Mac/Val Paris and Aargauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland.
Location: Millbank, London, UK
Photographer: Richard Keith Wolff