Known as the godfather of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake has been inspired by pop music since the 1950s. Many of his musical heroes – including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Everly Brothers and Ian Dury – feature in this major exhibition, marking his 80th birthday year.

Blake has worked closely with some of the most influential musicians of his generation, most famously co-creating the iconic album cover for the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In more recent years his designs for albums by Paul Weller, Eric Clapton and Oasis are equally celebrated, and are shown here against a soundtrack of killer pop music. Peter Blake is a true fan, and this exhibition is a compelling tribute to one of Britain’s most important artists.

BBC6 Music interview with Special Exhibitions Curator Kate Farrell who gives an overview of the exhibition content. Listen here.

Gallery Opening Times
Sun – Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 5pm 
Entry is free, but please make a donation

The Galleries will be open until 7.30pm on:
Sat 10 November - Don Giovanni
Sat 12 January - One Man, Two Governors
Sat 16 February - Hairspray
Fri 15 March - Opera North
Sat 4 May - Abigail’s Party

Special Family Late:
Sat 9 March – Horrible Histories
Join us on the deck, for a range of exciting art activities.

Sponsored by: GAM, ZeroC

Supported by: Frank and Lorna Dunphy James and Clare Kirkman Peter Blake: Pop Music Supporters’ Circle

Sir Peter Blake sat in his studio
Peter Blake with 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' by Kevin Cummins © Kevin Cummins, 2012.

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