The Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences have purchased ‘Industrial Tribunal’ on the occasion of the retirement of Rhian Hughes as Co-Director of the Institute in 2016.
Rhian explains “I loved its technical brilliance. The monumental piece of machinery at its centre represents for me, in its design and engineering and purpose, the precise yet large-scale measurement which lies also at the heart of the Institute’s work. But it also echoes the scales of justice and symbolises for me other central aspects of the Institute's ethos – conducting research on the neglected needs of patients in pain to improve their quality of life, and providing a workforce recruited from a wide range of disciplines and levels with equal access and opportunity to develop and deploy their skills and achieve that ambition for the Institute”
‘Industrial Tribunal’ - Watercolour Gouache
“Rusting in a West Midlands factory car park a hand-operated metal press stood defiantly. I approached a worker at the factory gates and asked him about the redundant machine. “We still use it!” He talked about “apparatus operating instructions”, “critical alignment of threads” and “the crucial counterbalance to the lever arm”. I wondered how safe it was to work in a car park; he smiled “sounds like a compensation case”. I painted the metal press at a dramatic angle; it looked every bit like Lady Justice atop The Old Bailey or maybe just a witness for an Industrial Tribunal.” Mark Elsmore