This weekend saw the announcement that Adam Dant has been appointed as the House of Commons' official artist of the 2015 General Election.

Renowned for his playful, Hogarthian illustrations of contemporary society, Adam will be travelling across Britain over the coming weeks, visiting marginal seats and depicting the behaviour of ordinary voters, as well as electioneering politicians, in the run up to the election.

A selection of the artist's initial sketches will go up on parliamentray social media channels, including a blog, during the election period, and the completed work will join the parliamentary art collection.

We are also thrilled by the exciting news that Ryan Callanan has been selected as the recipient of BritWeek's inaugural 'Visual Artist of the Year' award. Held annually in California, BritWeek highlights and celebrates the creative relationship between the UK and US, and the award will provide a platform for Ryan to showcase his work stateside.