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Art collaboration will celebrate King Richard III

Loughborough’s University Director of Arts, Nick Slater is part of the project team looking to commission a work of art for Leicester City centre.

The artwork will be located in new gardens being created at the city’s cathedral and is part of a project to help boost tourism around the discovery of King Richard III.  The idea is that the artwork will signify the link between the site of the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard is thought to have died, and the Cathedral, where there are plans to rebury the remains of the former monarch.

The project is being developed by a partnership including Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, the diocese of Leicester and Leicester University whose archaeological experts discovered Richard’s remains in the Grey Friars area of Leicester.

Leicestershire County Council is contributing £250,000 towards the project and this includes £100,000 dedicated specifically to the artwork project. 

Nick will be part of the early commissioning process having worked with Leicestershire County Council to create the memorial to the armed forces unveiled at their County Hall HQ last year.

It is not the first time experts from Loughborough have been involved in projects associated with the discovery of King Richard’s remains.  Academics from the University’s School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering have created a replica of the skeleton using the latest 3D printing techniques.