Artist Hew Locke is represented in Tate's collection by Vita, Veritas, Victoria 2007, a wall-spanning installation made of beads, cord and gaffer tape.

We met him at Hales Gallery in East London where he was finishing off another such work, the grand-scale, gallery-filling Nameless 2010. In this film Locke describes how his distinctive style came about: “it was born out of necessity” and explains his obsession with heraldry and Britishness.