Work by a digital artist from Sleaford has gone on display in the Houses of Parliament to mark two important anniversaries.
Jason Wilsher-Mills is one of nine artists commissioned to do pieces for a banners project to be displayed all year marking 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament (January 20, 1265) and 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta (June 15, 1215).
Launched yesterday (Tuesday), ‘The Beginnings of that Freedome’ exhibition features 18 large-scale banners 1.5m wide and more than 5m long, all printed on canvas.
Each banner provides a dynamic visual representation of the milestone moments and movements in the journey to the rights and representation that we enjoy today.
The two dates depicted by Mr Wilsher-Mills are: 1834 - the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and 1995 - the Disability Discrimination Act.
He proudly told The Standard: “Through this prestigious commission I feel that I am representing both the town and the county.
“What makes this even more outstanding is the fact that I gave up a full time job to pursue my dreams to become a full time artist, due to illness and disability. This is the pinnacle of my artistic career and an achievement that I am incredibly proud of.”
Mr Wilsher-Mills initially painted traditionally, but since becoming disabled found the iPad screen more manageable. He uses high-resolution files and modern giclée printing methods to create large artworks about his disability, childhood memories, popular culture and social history.
In the past three years, he has worked on major community and public arts projects.
The exhibition is open to visitors to the Houses of Parliament. For more information visit at www.parliament.uk/banners-exhibition.