Liverpool’s new British Music Experience (BME) has announced the legendary artist Sir Peter Blake as its first formal patron.
Sir Peter said he was “delighted” to support the BME which is set to become the UK’s only dedicated museum of popular culture when it opens in February 2017.
The renowned pop-art figure, who turned 84 this year, is famed for co-creating the artwork for The Beatles album, ‘Sgt. Peppers’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
Sir Peter’s impressive portfolio also includes record sleeves such as Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’, Paul Weller’s ‘Stanley Road’ and Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’.
More recently, Sir Peter updated his Sgt Pepper’s artwork with famous Liverpool historical figures to mark the City of Culture celebrations in 2008
Speaking on his appointment, Sir Peter says: “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.
“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.”
The BME will allow visitors to experience what it would have felt like to be part of historic musical moments, whilst also displaying iconic images and footage and hosting learning and public programmes.