Leicester Cathedral announces artist commissions as part of project to reinter King Richard III

Two nationally renowned artists have been invited to contribute works

Issued by Leicester Cathedral on 28 June 2013

Photographs available on Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/roekn744dddksnq/jp4jV6FdSe

Leicester Cathedral is delighted to announce two important commissions as part of the project to re-inter King Richard III.

Two nationally renowned artists, Jacquie Binns and Thomas Denny, have been invited to make work in connection with the re-interment of Richard III in Leicester cathedral. Jacquie will design the pall which will cover the King’s coffin, and Tom will design two new stained glass windows for St Katharine’s Chapel.

Jacquie has been creating church textiles for over 25 years with commissions from many major churches and cathedrals, including St Paul’s and St Alban’s cathedral. The panel were impressed by the quality of Jacquie’s portraiture, the expressive character of her embroidery, which is full of movement and excitement, and her use of texture which is almost three dimensional.

She said "I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen to make the embroidered coffin pall for Richard III's coffin. It is a great honour and wonderful to be part of this very exciting historical event."

Thomas Denny’s work can be seen in around 30 British churches and cathedrals, including major commissions at Hereford Cathedral and Malvern Priory. His windows are noted for the distinctive way in which light and colour move across the surface, achieved by acid etching and silver staining each small piece of glass, which results in very subtle colour distinctions and an extremely rich texture. The panel were impressed by the sheer beauty of Denny’s work and felt his windows would become an attraction in their own right and continuing to “sing out” their story for decades.

He said "This is a lovely commission, where stained-glass will appear first with dramatic intensity, a wall of colour hovering above the proposed site of Richard the Third's re-internment, and can then be explored at close quarters once one enters the chapel in which it is to be installed. The theme, embodying history, a place, human fallibility and vulnerability, spirituality, is full of possibilities.”

Mandy Ford, who chairs the panel in charge of commissioning the artists, said “We are delighted to be working with artists like Tom and Jacquie, whose skill and imagination will add so much to the cathedral as we create a place of honour where Richard III will be laid to rest.”

David Monteith, Dean of Leicester said "Our teams are working extremely hard to prepare for King Richard’s interment. These commissions will ensure that work of the highest quality with enduring artistic merit worthy of a ‘city of culture’ will inspire our visitors as they come to the place where the King is finally laid to rest. "

The Cathedral has also announced that it has retained counsel to challenge the Plantagenet Alliance who are seeking a judicial review of the licence granted by the Ministry of Justice to the University of Leicester. The Cathedral was originally listed as an interested party and has taken on Counsel to demonstrate its commitment to the re-interment and is working closely with the University to reiterate the compelling case that King Richard III should remain in Leicester.

  • The Search for Richard III was led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council, and in association with the Richard III Society.


Contact: Revd Pete Hobson 0116 261 5363 pete.hobson@leccofe.org

Photo: Thomas Denny left with The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

Photo: Jacquie Binns with the Commissioning Panel -  pictured left to right Louise Seymour (Leicester City Council), Sarah Tarlow (University of Leicester), Jacquie Binns, Revd Mandy Ford (Chair of Panel), Janet Arthur (Cathedral Chapter), Sally Henshaw (Richard III Society), Revd Alison Adams (Leicester Cathedral)



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