I am delighted to report – after months of secrecy - that the John Blanke Project is now in the National Portrait Gallery and on its web site. It appears in the Westminster Tournament Roll video in the Tudor Gallery on the third floor.
A slim down version of the innovative video Roll’s installation at the Walker Art Gallery Exhibition featuring the Roll’s highlights including John Blanke’s two appearances.
I have to thank Dr Charlotte Bolland for The Project’s mention in the Roll’s video and presence on the National Portrait Gallery's web site, as Dr Bolland has championed the Project since she first saw the complete collection when I showed it to the folks at the Walker. I had to have my picture with her and the Roll and also with Jan Marsh - John Blanke Project Historian who wrote about John Blanke's presence on the Roll as "an invaluable Tudor portrait".
I was there at the celebrity packed opening party - 21st June 2023 - of the £40M refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery a simultaneously brilliant and humbling experience to see The John Blanke Project amongst the great Tudor Portraits. The Project’s installations at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool was great but that was a temporary exhibition, albeit with an impressive legacy. The National Portrait Gallery installation is permanent, there for the ages.
It was a brilliant evening went by in whirl of networking with old friends, renewing acquaintances, chatting with some lovely people and doorstepping celebrities!
|The John Blanke Project Shop