Now in its 10th year, this unique award celebrating record cover art, compiles the global opinion on the best in art, photography and graphic design in modern music culture for each year. This year’s 50 nominations were chosen by a panel of highly respected music design experts and previous Best Art Vinyl Award winners and even included artwork by two Turner Prize nominees.
For Best Art Vinyl 2015 it was David Gilmour’s ‘Rattle That Lock’ album taking first place, Drenge’s ‘Undertow’ coming second, and Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’ in third place.
Previous winners have included Dan Hillier’s stunning illustration for the debut album by Royal Blood; Klaxons’ ‘Surfing the Void’ with its playful image of a cat in a spacesuit, Thom Yorke’s ‘The Eraser’ from regular Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood, and even work from the sixteenth century for The Fleet Foxes eponymous LP from Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel.
With 2015 sales of vinyl growing faster than any other music format, the Best Art Vinyl Award continually demonstrates how this annual snapshot of record cover design has captured the imagination of the 10’s of thousands of vinyl loving voters expressing their views on the best vinyl artwork for the year.
Best Art Vinyl founder Andrew Heeps explains, “This is the first year such an established artist’s record has won Best Art Vinyl, but notably the design team have historically been responsible for so many iconic sleeve designs and their talent and creativity to match the musicians’ wishes clearly shone through.
It’s interesting that two of the top three are conceptual compositions, using photography as the core of the design and all three use digital design skills to great effect, showing that designers are using all tools available to them throughout the creative process.
We believe this is a unique art prize that really taps into popular culture, as the created artwork is used to not just sell the product but to enhance the listeners’ over all experience.”
On hearing of his win, David Gilmour responded, “I am thrilled that the artwork to Rattle That Lock has received the Art Vinyl award. I’d like to offer my congratulations and thanks to Dave Stansbie and the team at The Creative Corporation for the brilliant work that they have done for me. It’s a thrill to see vinyl making a comeback and the return of the opportunities that the larger format offers.”
In January 2016, the winners of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 award will feature in exhibitions in London, Scotland, Italy, Germany and Hungary as well as on www.artvinyl.com. All of the designs will be displayed in the unique Art Vinyl Play & Display Flip Frame which allow instant access to the music and additional inner sleeve designs.
A selection of the Best Art Vinyl 2015 records will be on display at Styl:us Vinyl Show in the Events Suite.