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Mead Gallery are pleased to present John Piper, A Tate Liverpool Exhibition.

John Piper (1903-1992) was a major contributor to the artistic and cultural landscape of twentieth century Britain. Through landscape paintings and collages, photographs, abstracts, theatre designs and relief constructions, Piper expressed a sensitivity to the physical characteristics and atmosphere of his native land. In particular, the artist was drawn to English churches and monuments. In this, the first major exhibition of John Piper’s work since 2003, is presented a selection of works starting with the artist’s idyllic images of rural Britain in the late 1920s and 1930s through to the depictions of bombed-out churches made during World War Two as Official War Artist, as well as his romantic landscape paintings which were a preoccupation after the 1940s.

On 15 November 1940, the day after the Coventry Blitz, Piper visited Coventry and made a series of drawings of the ravaged city, in particular of the cathedral and other gutted churches. He returned to the city in the 1950s when Basil Spence commissioned the artist, with Patrick Reyntiens, to design a huge stained glass window for the city’s new cathedral, which was consecrated in 1962. In 1962 also, construction began on Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, for which Piper and Reyntiens again designed the stained glass centrepiece. 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Liverpool Cathedral’s completion and this exhibition, presented in both Liverpool and Coventry, makes direct reference to Piper’s significant contribution to both cities.

Organised by the Mead Gallery in association with Tate Liverpool


The following information is for teachers and home educators. If you are not a teacher or home educator you can book tickets for this show by clicking on the ‘Dates & Times’ tab above.

Our Creative Learning Team says
Creative Learning sessions will be available for all key stages and groups in formal and informal education. During their exploration of the exhibition, students will have the opportunity to create a sketch book in response to Piper’s work using collage, drawing, graphic design and painting for glass.

You might also want to combine your visit to the exhibition with a visit to Coventry Cathedral. John Piper not only painted the ruins of the original medieval cathedral in 1940 but was commissioned to make the Baptistry window of the new cathedral.

For more information or to book a session, please contact Lynsey Cullen, Education Coordinator on / 024 7615 1793.

Tickets for schools and home educators:
FREE entry

Booking information:
To find out more or to book an exhibition tour with a curator, call our dedicated schools booking contact Amanda in the Box Office on 024 7615 0930 or email

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