Swansea College of Art to host an evening to celebrate the work of Sir Peter Blake


UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art is delighted to be hosting an evening to celebrate the work of British pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

The event has been organised by the friends of Glynn Vivian as part of their 60th celebrations. Sir Peter will start the evening on December 7 at 7.30pm at UWTSD’s beautiful Reading Room in The Alex, talking about significant pieces from his body of work over the last 60 years.

Taking the audience from the Royal College to his latest works on Joseph Cornell, before his friend of 30 years Jeff Towns, and the writer Jude Rogers will talk to Peter about his love of Dylan Thomas, Wales and other subjects. It’s guaranteed to be a lively and entertaining event, as all three can tell a tale.

Sir Peter Blake's contribution to British Pop Art is unparalleled: he is particularly well known for his use of collages and assemblages. His work is inspired by his love affair with icons and the ephemera of popular contemporary culture, including posters of film and music stars, badges, photographs, advertising and postcards. He has also worked with famous bands and rock stars, producing seminal cover art for music albums including The Beatles, Paul Weller, Band Aid and The Who. He continues to work prolifically from his studio in west London, maintaining his reputation and popularity. He will be talking about the exhibition and his lifelong passions, including his collections. For an artist that is still creating new works at 86, there is much to talk about!

Swansea-born-and-bred Jude Rogers studied English Literature at university, where her love of Dylan Thomas budded and bloomed. She has now been a Guardian and Observer arts journalist for fifteen years, interviewing musicians, writers and artists.

Recent interviews include; Chrissie Hynde, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Courtenay and Roisin Murphy, the Mercury Prize dissected, Madonna's singles ranked and album and live reviews in the Observer New Review and The Guardian.

Jeff Towns is one of the world’s leading Dylan Thomas experts.  For the past 40 years, a serious Antiquarian Bookseller working out of his bookstore in Salubrious Passage Swansea, but regularly taking his books to Book Fairs the length and breadth of the UK and across the USA. Now he is semi-retired, working from his converted ex-Mobile Library Van – DYLANS MOBILE BOOKSTORE, which he takes to Festivals, up market Markets and Literary Events around Wales with occasional forays across the bridge. He has also written half a dozen books about writers sur-named THOMAS, and been involved in a number of Television Documentaries.

Caroline Thraves Head of the School of Fine and Media Arts at UWTSD Swansea College of Arts said: “We are delighted to partner with the Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery to welcome Sir Peter Blake at Swansea College of Art on the 7th of December to talk about his hugely successful career and to accept an Honorary Professorship. We are thrilled that Sir Peter Blake has accepted this honor, we could not think of a more fitting recipient.”

Booking for this event in advance is essential – details here: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/545911

The gallery opens at 6.30pm, with the talk getting underway at 7.30pm