Queen Jane remains the only English monarch of the past five centuries for whom no genuine portrait is known to have survived. Dozens of images have been put forward over those five centuries, but none has yet been conclusively authenticated.
It is now believed the portrait above by an unknown artist is the truest likeness of Jane Grey and is in the collection of the Duke of Northumberland at Syon House, Middlesex, UK.
One of our young artists, Isabel Walters, responded to the portrait with a bust SYON JANE that was exhibited at the New Armouries 12 February as part of the WOEFUL PUPPET exhibition.
She writes here of delivering a talk to a mixed community group and how she “was excited to have a chance support the work of Unity Arts” and “a group of young kids gathering at the front; I hadn’t anticipated having so many young people in the audience”.
This talk was well received. And Unity Arts continue to work as a bridge between academia and the community.
We very much look forward to working with Zoe Hudson in the future.
On 12 February 2018, the anniversary of the death of Lady Jane Grey, Unity Arts delivered a community created installation in the New Armouries at the Tower Of London.
This event was a culmination of all the research and responses of the various Unity Arts teams to the life and early demise of the Nine Day Queen.
The exhibition looked absolutely stunning and the work on display and in performance was of a high standard and created with care.
There was artwork, research, individual projects, costume, films, and Live Events from Dr Zoe Hudson, Dramatisation of Primary Sources including letter and poem extracts in Lady Jane Grey’s own words and programme from the Hackney based community choir, Silver Songbirds.
Also the Unity Arts Heritage Team’s booklets, essays and papers were available for distribution and over 400 copies left the room that day.
The room was absolutely packed with a completely mixed audience of children, teenagers, academics, educators, professional exhibitors, Tudor aficionados together with performers and researchers from every part of Hackney’s rich and diverse community.
There was also an opportunity for attendees to visit the rest of the Tower Of London and specifically Beauchamp Tower (site of Dudley’s graffito said to be engraved when he was prisoner there) and Tower Green where Jane Grey was executed.
Feedback is still coming in but EVERYONE has said what a fantastic day they had!
We have found several sources telling us that Lady Jane Grey recited Psalm 51 in her room at The Tower of London before she was executed. The whole team agreed it would be good to have a version on our website as well as include excerpts in the finished documentary.
Some of the Digital Output Team have kicked off the creation of the dramatized segments of the finished film piece (and also with an eye on how to use primary sources at the Woeful Puppet’s 3 exhibitions differently).
It was agreed that Sarah (pictured here) who is researching the part religious schisms and changes to the laws in England led to Lady Jane Grey’s execution should deliver this.
A great start to what we are sure will be a wonderful heritage output.
Filming has started on the Heritage Lottery Funded Documentary and Digital Outputs for WOEFUL PUPPET.
We have had delivery of Heritage Film Workshops from Meddle Films (with more to come in May) script meetings and Practice Sessions.
To be able to deliver a high standard across all our outputs (3 Exhibitions, Documentary, Education Packs, Colour Booklet, Specialist Speakers and Expert Interviews) we are having to conduct very deep research and also have a lot of practice and expert practical support as well as the use of found and created images.
This 18 month project will be looking at the political climate and events that led to the arrest and execution of Lady Jane Grey.
There will be refreshments, a presentation and a chance to sign up for project activities.
Unity Arts will be offering trips, training, events to attend and to create and this project will be delivering a documentary film, a colour book, education materials. In addition Exhibitions with Live Installations and Performances at St Katherine Kree, Sutton House and The Tower of London.
You can participate in any aspect of the project you wish.
Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone that you think will benefit from a high quality community research project with strong artistic outcomes.
We have an open door policy. ALL WELCOME!
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