Mona Lisa Of Rock & Roll Appears In New Permanent Gallery In Leeds

By 24 Hour Museum Staff | 04 February 2005
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Shows a photograph of artist Sir Peter Blake signing a print.

One of Britain's most treasured artists, Sir Peter Blake signs a print of his Live Aid artwork. Courtesy University of Leeds.

One of the most widely recognised images in popular music is to be among the exhibits in a new permanent gallery at the University of Leeds.

An artist-signed print of the cover of The Beatles' seminal 1967 Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album will be given pride of place in the Sir Peter Blake Music Art Gallery, which is due to open in the school of music on February 10.

One of Britain's most acclaimed and influential artists, Sir Peter will be on hand to open the gallery named in his honour and displaying 15 works drawn from his long association with the world of popular music.

Shows a photograph of a print of artwork for the 1985 Live Aid concert.

Sir Peter's artwork for the 1985 Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium. Courtesy University of Leeds.

As well as the famous collage image he created for The Beatles, artwork for Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, Brian Wilson, Ian Dury and the two Band Aid and Live Aid covers from 1984 and 1985 will be featured. Each one has been signed by the artist and countersigned by the musician involved.

The gallery was organised by the school of music’s Simon Warner in collaboration with Pete Smith, Peter Blake's music art publisher and former Leeds University entertainments secretary.

"The new gallery installation is a fitting and unique tribute to the work of Sir Peter Blake and his place in the popular music art world," said Pete. "As he continues today to create landmark artworks for new albums by such luminaries as Eric Clapton and Brian Wilson, his exhibition documents the influential and universally acknowledged quality of his powerful imagery."

Shows a photograph of Sir Bob Geldof signing a print.

Sir Bob Geldof adds his signiature to Sir Peter's Live Aid artwork. Courtesy University of Leeds.

The opening will be open to the public and will take place in the foyer of the Clothworkers' Centenary Concert Hall at 12.45pm.

University Vice Chancellor Michael Arthur and Yorkshire musician Bill Nelson will be present and following the opening Simon Warner will lead a seminar/interview with Sir Peter Blake.

"Peter Blake's name has become synonymous with a roll call of musical excellence, producing albums sleeves for the Who, Eric Clapton, Band Aid and Paul Weller, to name but a few," explained Simon.

Shows a photograph of a print of artwork for the Ian Dury and the Blockheads album New Boots and Panties.

Artwork created by Sir Peter for Ian Dury and the Blockheads' 1977 album, New Boots and Panties. Courtesy University of Leeds.

"But his Sgt Pepper design for the Beatles has emerged as his signature piece, an iconic image that has become the Mona Lisa of rock'n'roll," he added. "We are thrilled to be the only place in the world where this unique print will be on public display."

The gallery will be open weekdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm.

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