Among the artists whose work was on display were Edward Bawden, John Nash, L.S. Lowry, David Gentleman and Barnett Freedman. Some of the work is undoubtedly aimed at cheering up the Lyons punters in an age of austerity, and as such occasionally veers towards the sentimental. But Lowry's familiar townscape, Sam Rabin's boxers slugging it out, and George Hooper's oddly Germanic hotel scene are certainly not that.
The exhibition arranges the prints in three sections, representing the three phases of the commission, and provides some useful background detail on the technique of lithography. There's a good selection of the images here.
After the exhibition, it's a must to visit the café, where the waitresses have donned "nippy" uniforms, and serve against a giant photo of a vintage Corner House. Can't imagine Starbucks ever doing something like this.
(Image: John Piper, Elizabethan Dance)