One of the UK’s most respected artists plans to back Swansea’s City of Culture bid at a House
of Commons event on Monday 20th November.
Sir Peter Blake, best known for co-creating the world-famous sleeve design for the Beatles'
album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is due to attend Monday’s Westminster
The event will see the lifelong Dylan Thomas fan rub shoulders with dozens of other influential
figures from the worlds of culture and politics. They will include 23-year-old Swansea pianist
and composer Ify Iwobi who will perform on keyboard for the gathering.
Monday afternoon’s House of Commons event is being hosted by Geraint Davies MP and
Geraint Davies said “Swansea Bay is a global brand thanks to both our football success and as
the birthplace of Wales’ most famous poet, Dylan Thomas. We boast a world class coastline,
two universities and a hall of fame, from Anthony Hopkins to Michael Sheen, and Catherine
Zeta-Jones to Katherine Jenkins.
“Swansea and South West Wales is one of the poorest regions in Europe, and would be given a
rocket boost to further cultural success from being crowned UK City of Culture 2021.”
Attendees are due to include Tate national programmes manager Helen Cooper, peers, MPs,
Swansea Council chief executive Phil Roberts, city arts figures such as Mal Pope and Galerie
Simpson’s Jane Simpson, and key figures from bid partners including the University of Wales
Trinity St David, the Welsh Government and Coastal Housing.