We are delighted to welcome the support of Sir Peter Blake as our first formal Patron of the Museum.
Sir Peter Blake, famed for creating several legendary album covers, is an extraordinarily fitting Patron to the Museum. Blake’s career spans the eras of popular music charted in the narrative of the BME. He emerged in the late 1950’s as one of the UK’s most recognisable pop artists often including collaged elements, advertisements, music hall entertainment scenes and wrestlers. It didn’t take long before swinging 60’s London and pop art merged and Blake met with leading popular culture figures.
Sir Peter, is recognised for co-creating the artwork for The Beatles album, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and has an unprecedented portfolio of important and celebrated record sleeves such as for Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” and Paul Weller’s “Stanley Road” and Oasis’ “Definitely Maybe” to name a few of many. Sir Peter also designed three Eric Clapton album covers including his 1991 million selling record “24 Nights”. More recently, Sir Peter updated his Sgt Pepper’s artwork with famous Liverpool historical figures to mark the City of Culture celebrations in 2008. And let’s not forget the 2012 BRIT Award statue designed with his recognisable symbolism and flare. Sir Peter celebrated his 84th birthday this year and continues on the exhibition circuit actively creating new works.
Sir Peter commented on his recent appointment as Patron saying,
"I am delighted to be able to support the British Music Experience in their task to archive, celebrate and collect the nation’s popular music heritage for generations to come and Liverpool is of course a fitting city to call its home. I am looking forward to assisting the Trust and being part of the vision to permanently have a museum in the UK dedicated to popular music."