Exhibitors > Art Vinyl
On November 30th 2014 ‘Art Vinyl’ will once again launch the search for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year for the 10th consecutive year. A shortlist of 50 record covers will be nominated for the award ‘Best Art Vinyl 2014’ and the public will be invited to vote for their favourites which will ultimately decide the winner. This year, the Best Art Vinyl Award hits its 10th year and continually demonstrates how this annual snapshot of record cover design has captured the imagination of the 100’s of thousands of voters expressing their views on the best vinyl artwork for the year. Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps explains: While the vinyl revival has quietly gained momentum, Art Vinyl has become the home of contemporary sleeve design, achieving our mission to document the art of this amazing music format right up to the present date. I founded Art Vinyl back in 2004 as I believed that a new generation would still appreciate this format and the added artistic value from the sleeve designs. That generation has now famously been labelled ‘Hipsters’ but at the end of the day it is the original vinyl record designs that shine, this annual celebration however is most certainly both genre less and ageless. This year as well as partner exhibitions across Europe, the Best Art Vinyl Award finds its perfect partner with an exhibition at the East London Design Show. With so many amazing sleeve designers, this year’s exhibitions will hopefully inspire and bring prominence to many of those unsung heroes of the music industry. The Best Art Vinyl 2014 Award is now the industry recognised award for art and design in music and this year’s UK public viewing is right at the heart of British contemporary design with such a perfect exhibition partner. Best Art Vinyl 2013 reached over 13,000 participating voters in the annual award which celebrates the best in art, photography and graphic design in modern music culture. The public’s favourite cover was the beautiful astronaut painting for White Lies album Big TV which was voted the winner of the award. Previous winners also include Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’ from regular Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood, and work from the sixteenth century for The Fleet Foxes eponymous LP by Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel. As highlighted by Andy Linehan, Curator of Popular Music at the British Library, commenting on Best Art Vinyl in 2012, sleeve art has become one of the primary motives behind the appeal of vinyl records: “In addition to the quality of sound, one of the major attractions of the vinyl LP is the sleeve art and it is great to see this being recognised in this way.” Public voting will begin on the 30th November 2014 in participating venues and on www.artvinyl.com. The winners will be revealed in January 2015.
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