Special permission was granted to Michael Harrison as Artist in Residence in Leicester Cathedral during the reinterment week in order to capture historic events.

Michael Harrison has created a unique series of paintings entitled “Sanctuary For A King”.  An exhibition of his finished works will open at the Cank Street Gallery, Leicester on Wednesday 6 May until 23 May.

The first painting in the series is to be auctioned in aid of the work of Leicester Cathedral.

Michael says: “It was a great privilege to be present at this unique historical moment. The discovery of Richard’s remains has captured the imagination of the country, and for me to be able to record the events surrounding his re-interment is an honour.  I want to capture the sense of wonder that surrounds this occasion. To get down in oils the way people have engaged with this story which spans over 500 years.”

Working under the informal title of Artist in Residence for the re-internment week, Harrison was present during the week of ceremonies which culminated with the laying to rest of King Richard III in a specially built tomb, on 26th March.

Michael attended Art School at Uppingham followed by Academie Julien, the old Post-Impressionist studio, in Paris in 1962. He has exhibited widely with a number of solo exhibitions and national open events. His work has been accepted for the prestigious Royal Society of British Artists and New English Art Club Annual Exhibitions at the Mall Galleries in successive years.

His series of paintings is called “Sanctuary For A King” and the completed works will be exhibited at The Cank Street Gallery, Leicester, from 6th to 23rd May 2015.

The first work in the series will be auctioned by silent bid with all proceeds going to the ongoing work of Leicester Cathedral

Harrison has launched http://www.sanctuaryforaking.com a blog sharing his work as it progresses during the week of reinterment.