Microdot – The ‘90s at BME

British Music Experience to Host Temporary Exhibition celebrating works for Oasis, The Verve, Suede and many more.

Microdot – The ‘90s at BME

by Culture Liverpool

In 1990 Brian Cannon, an unknown graphic designer not long out of college, established the fledgling creative agency Microdot.

Four years later, through sheer determination, a catalogue of errors and a maverick way of working Microdot had become the most sought-after music related artwork team in the world.

From humble beginnings in a Lancashire bedroom studio the accreditation ‘Sleeve design by Microdot’ now adorns over 75 million records worldwide.


Microdot – The ‘90s showcases the halcyon years when the team’s creative output was at its zenith – featuring works for clients such as Oasis, The Verve, Suede, Cast, Ash, Super Furry Animals and many more.

The exhibition will feature the Gibson Flying ‘V’ guitar played by Noel for Oasis’ video ‘D’You Know What I Mean’ along with unseen out-takes, work-in-progress sketches and original props used on the Oasis sleeves.

Launch night event, Thursday 13th June.

The opening night will consist of a private view of the Microdot – The ‘90s Exhibition (attendees will also be able to browse the incredible BME collection too), Microdot founder Brian Cannon will deliver a talk accompanied by key images from the ‘90s artwork.  He will also be joined by Brian Garcia, owner of the world’s biggest Oasis memorabilia collection who is flying in specially from Texas for a Q&A.


Microdot – The ‘90s will run at the British Music Experience from June 14 –August 31 2019. The temporary exhibition is included with standard ticketed entry to the British Music Experience.

There will be a number of Microdot prints, including a limited-edition print designed exclusively to accompany the exhibition, for sale in the BME Merch Store.


About the British Music Experience

The British Music Experience is the UK’s Museum of Popular Music – a place where visitors relive the moments that helped put British music on the map. The BME opened in the heart of Liverpool in the iconic Cunard Building in 2017. The BME has made its mark as the centre for everyone who wants to celebrate the fantastic history of British music.

Boasting an unrivalled collection of stage outfits, objects and instruments, the museum charts the beginnings, rise and influence of British pop from 1945 to the present day. In addition to an incredible collection of artefacts and memorabilia ­– which includes some of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costumes, the iconic Beatles’ Saville Row Apple Corp Door and the original handwritten lyrics to ‘Blue Monday’ – the museum also covers the impact that British music had on the culture, fashion, art and politics of the time. It reminds us that British music has at times defined and celebrated what it means to be British, challenged the status quo and given voice to the dispossessed.

The Museum includes galleries, learning zones, audio visual experiences, an interactive instrument studio, a dance area and a live music venue.

The Learning and Public Programmes, together with our temporary exhibitions further enrich the visitor experience through a range of events; from educational workshops for school children, to master classes and gigs hosted by industry experts.

Finally, there is a gift shop filled with the best of music heritage merch and a café, open to the general public, overlooking the Mersey.

The BME is a registered charity with a mission to advance the appreciation and understanding of the art, history and science of popular music in Britain. (Registered Charity 1125752).

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