Paul Weller performs in Chichester

Paul Weller at Pallant House
Paul Weller at Pallant House

LEGENDARY Jam musician Paul Weller performed an exclusive charity gig at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester night to celebrate the 80th birthday of Sir Peter Blake.

Guest of honour at the date was Sir Peter himself, whose extensive musical connections are currently being celebrated at the gallery with a major exhibition called Peter Blake and Pop Music.

Gallery spokeswoman Emma Robertson said: “Best known for designing the iconic album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Godfather of Pop Art has been has been closely linked with pop music since the 1950s.

“Not only has he painted images inspired by his musical heroes, he has also worked closely with musicians and bands including Oasis, The Who and Eric Clapton to create some of the most recognisable album covers of the last 50 years.

“One of the most celebrated is Paul Weller’s hit 1995 album Stanley Road which features a picture of the Modfather as a child, holding up a photograph of himself as an adult, bordered by images of some of Weller’s favourite things and a selection of Blake’s most celebrated and copied Pop Art icons: the heart, target and star.”

Playing with Weller were band members Steve Cradock, the founder of Ocean Colour Scene, Andy Lewis and Steve Pilgrim.

The performance was followed by an auction with prizes including an exclusive limited edition screenprint of Blake’s renowned portrait of The Beatles, 1962, which is housed in the gallery’s own permanent collection and can also be seen in the exhibition.

All proceeds raised from the evening will go towards the gallery’s endowment fund and match funded up to £1m through the Catalyst Endowment Grant.