A night on the (Minton) Tiles with Sir Paul McCartney

Liverpool’s rare Minton Tiles will once again be displayed this summer along with two rarely seen sculptures from award winning local artist, Tom Murphy.

The life size sculptures of Sir Paul McCartney and Princess Diana form part of a comprehensive collection of Tom’s works and will be placed in the Great Hall amongst the statues of notable figures,

The floor will be uncovered for two weeks only, from Saturday 3 August to Sunday 18 August, to reveal its magnificent tiles. And during the floor reveal there will be a display of how the tiles are made and the proposed restoration of worn areas by the doors.

Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said: “The Minton Tiles are a great visitor attraction and the floor reveal is always hugely successful. The Great Hall floor, made up of 30,000 hand-crafted Minton tiles has been covered since the 1860s to provide a surface for dancing.”

Cabinet member for culture and tourism, Councillor Wendy Simon added “This year, in addition to the amazing display of craftsmanship is a fantastic, first time opportunity to view the full range of Tom Murphy’s work and practice.

“I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet seen the Minton Tiles to visit St George’s Hall and the beautiful artwork and sculptures that will be on display.”

Tom Murphy’s work, spanning 25 years will be on display until Sunday 29 September with workshops being offered every Thursday throughout the exhibition. For £10 the workshops will see Tom demonstrate how to make a human head in clay and discussing various aspects of sculpture.

Tom said: “I am delighted to be exhibiting at such a prestigious building.

“This will be a great opportunity for me to show a vast range of pieces, old and new and I hope I can encourage anyone with a passion for art to come along and view the collection in such a wonderful setting.”

The floor consisting of 30,000 hand crafted tiles, many depicting the world famous Liver Bird, was last uncovered in August 2012 and once again, attracted thousands of visitors.

The tiles can be viewed daily from 10am – 5pm with the last admission at 4.30pm every day. There is a small admission charge of £2.50 for adults, under 16s are free. A special offer to visit both the floor and exhibition is £4.00 per person

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