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The Art School Dance Goes On Forever

A month-long exhibition celebrating 40 years of Deaf School was hosted in the public areas of Liverpool John Moores University’s Art & Design Academy from 19 October to 15 November 2013.  


The Exhibition was curated by Bryan Biggs, Artistic Director of Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre, the Bluecoat, and an Associate Professor at LJMU, in collaboration with former Art School lecturer, Steve Hardstaff, artist and legendary Liverpool record sleeve designer.





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That's more than enough words!  Let Nev Astley's excellent photographs now tell you the story of the Exhibition!  Thank you very much Nev!

The remarkable display illustrated the fertile art school environment from which Deaf School sprang, and highlights the art/pop music crossover. Exhibits included original art works (including some by band members Tim Whittaker, Sam Davis and Roy Holt), posters, record sleeves, press reviews, photos and other documentary material, rare films of live performances and some band stage costumes set out in six display cabinets and all around the walls.

Panoramic entrance Costumes DS intro Panoramic inside Clive & Holly exhibits C&H Tim ptg Tim entrance ptg Amsterdam 1 Amsterdam 3 Bryan Biggs drawing Posters 1 Not a good look Postcard Hope St photo Cutting 1 C&H circular Display case 1 Tim downstairs Door 2 ljmu

The Catholic Cathedral reflected in the entrance to the Exhibition

The Rev's Vivienne Westwood bondage suit and Avo's Beatle jacket, from the suit made for him by a Fashion & Textiles student at the Art School!

Panorama of the foyer, where the Exhibition was centred

Holly Johnson and Clive Langer debate the qualities of an original mixed media artwork  (shown below) by Tim Whittaker,

Original 1974 ink on paper on card drawing of the band by Bryan Biggs, then a student at the Art School and later curator of the Exhibition!  The drawing was done for a poster.


Sir Cliff, it wasn't a good look THEN - and it isn't ......


A postcard home from the USA TOUR in 1977.


Another Tim Whittaker original


Amsterdam 2