Drawing Democracy is a visual record of our democracy in action, witnessed and drawn live from scenes and events in Manchester, around the United Kingdom and In the USA.
Starting in 2016, artist and illustrator Robin Sukatorn began his mission to scout out and document scenes, events, institutions, characters and key moments of democratic and political life in the world around him. He has drawn drawn at city council meetings, public vigils and rallies in Manchester; the Article 50 hearing at the Supreme Court in London; the debate and vote on a second independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh; the Global Greens Congress in Liverpool and SNP Conference in Glasgow; hustings for the election of the Greater Manchester Mayor and for the 2017 General Election; the debate and vote on the 2017 Queen's Speech at the House of Commons; and various scenes witnessed whilst travelling along the east coast of the United States, including rallies for healthcare reform and Trump in New York and Washington D.C.
The book documenting his project, Drawing Democracy, is out on April 10 2018- published in the year marking the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, a milestone for democracy in the United Kingdom which granted full voting rights for men and, for the first time in history, partial voting rights for women.
About the artist
Robin Sukatorn is an artist and illustrator based in the United Kingdom, whose work focuses on recording and reflecting the world of politics, culture and community life in the world today through live observation and reportage drawing.
Born in Edinburgh in 1991, Robin completed a foundation diploma in art and design at Falmouth School of Art before gaining a first class degree in history and philosophy from the University of York. In 2017 he graduated from the Manchester School of Art’s Master of Fine Arts programme with distinction, specialising in reportage illustration.
Robin is the recipient of the 2016 John Ruskin Prize Student Award, in recognition of his reportage drawings of contemporary politics, including a drawing of Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a rally in Manchester. He presented a paper on the Drawing Democracy project at the 2017 Illustration Research conference in Nancy, France.
He lives in Manchester, where he is also the Co-director of Sloe Gallery, an artist-led exhibition space in the city centre which he co-founded in 2016 and which, over the course of over 15 exhibitions has showcased the work of almost 50 emerging and early-career artists from across the North West, the UK and Europe.