Pretty Green X Art In A Corner Exhibitions

Friday 02 September, 2016

Pretty Green is teaming up with Art In A Corner to bring exciting and exclusive exhibitions to a number of our stores. ART IN A CORNER is inspired by Images of a Woman, the only known painting ever made by The Beatles, painted in Japan in 1966.

Flying in at the height of Beatlemania, The Beatles arrived in Tokyo ready to play five concerts at the Budokan, Japan’s premier martial arts arena. Because of security fears for the band’s safety and protests against their intrusion into such an iconic Japanese venue, all four were kept on lockdown inside the Tokyo Hilton between shows. To keep them entertained, manager Brian Epstein brought in a set of art supplies, laid a large paper canvas on a table and placed a lamp in the centre. He then left four of the most famous men in the world to get creative.

50 years laters, some of the biggest names in music - including Elvis Costello, Florence & the Machine, The Libertines and Years & Years - have come together to create their own versions of the painting.

A selection of the paintings will first go on public display in Pretty Green Glasgow, from 8th September, before moving to the Manchester store.

Photo: Robert Whitaker

A special, extra exhibition, featuring behind-the-scenes photos of The Beatles in Japan, captured by renowned British photographer Robert Whitaker, will head to our Carnaby Street and Leeds stores. The exhibition will include a painting made for the project by Jann Haworth and her daughters Daisy and Liberty Blake. Haworth created the album cover for The Beatles’ Sgt, Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with her then husband, Peter Blake.

Photo: Robert Whitaker

ART IN A CORNER will culminate in an online auction - held with Paddle8 in November - with proceeds going to Children & the Arts and Youth Music, two national charities who together transform the lives of over 85,000 children and young people every year through arts and music.

Limited edition prints and posters from the project are available to order now via:

Participating bands/artists

  • Boy George
  • Brian Wilson and Band, with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin
  • Circa Waves
  • Elvis Costello
  • Florence & the Machine
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Jan Haworth and Friends
  • John Illsley (Dire Straits)
  • Level 42
  • Marillion
  • The Bootleg Beatles
  • Jerry Dammers (The Specials)
  • The Libertines
  • The Pretty Things
  • The Right Hand Lovers
  • The Wombats
  • Wolf Alice
  • Years & Years
  • The Bangles
  • Glasvegas


  • Pretty Green Glasgow: 8th – 25th September (Original band/artists paintings on display)
  • Pretty Green Leeds: 29th September - 23rd October(A special selection of artwork produced for the project)
  • Pretty Green Carnaby Street: 29th September – 20th October  (Behind The Scenes Beatles prints by Robert Whitaker and a painting by Jann Haworth)
  • Pretty Green Manchester: 30th September to 20th October (Original band/artists paintings on display)

You can follow Art In The Corner on their Facebook page.