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Behind the Glass | New Dawn in Parliament

Hear artist Mary Branson discuss the artistic commission she created for the Houses of Parliament in London, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the petition calling for women’s suffrage in England, in this Behind the Glass lecture. After her appointment as Parliament’s artist-in-residence in 2014, Branson studied the archives of the women’s suffrage movement in England. Inspired by the scroll-like appearance of the rolled Acts of Parliament, she created New Dawn, a work composed of individual back-lit glass roundels with the appearance of scrolls. New Dawn is placed prominently along a public route through the Palace of Westminster, and was unveiled in 2016.