Best Art Vinyl 2010 - Vote for the artwork of the year

Words by: Clare Scott
Posted: 8/11/10 11:02

Best Art Vinyl 2010: vote for the album artwork of the yearNirvana: Nevermind, The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper - what would an album be without its iconic artwork? Each year, exhibitors (and inventors of the world's first 'Flip Frame') Art Vinyl recognise 'the most beautiful record covers' with their prestigious award of 'Best Art Vinyl'.

The awards are now in their sixth year, and this month Art Vinyl invite you to help crown 2010's honourable winner, chosen from a shortlist of 50 sleeve designs.

Back in 2005 managing director Andrew Heeps founded Art Vinyl as a way to celebrate the most innovative sleeve designs and to "honour some of those unsung heroes of art and design who provide the visual identity for so many bands and artists", says Heeps. Previous winners of the award have included Hard-Fi's 'Stars of CCTV', Thom Yorke's 'The Eraser', Fleet Foxes self-titled debut album, and most recently (in 2009), Muse's 'The Resistance' with its psychedelic sleeve design.

For 2010, Heeps will be joined by four highly respected music industry design experts to form the panel of judges. Amongst them; Scott Bendall, creative director of boutique design agency La Boca (and the man responsible for Muse's award-grabbing artwork).

Also present will be Matthew Cooper, Domino Records designer, who has EPs from Artic Monkeys, Four Tet and Wild Beasts under his belt (to name a few). Completing the lineup of guest judges will be Gerard Saint, creative director of the Big Active design team (he's designed for Mark Ronson, Foals, Goldfrapp and Basement Jaxx) and finally, Darren Wall, the founder of creative agency Wallzo who's closely linked to Hot Chip.

In addition to the awards themselves, all of the albums shortlisted will be exhibited in six galleries across the UK and Europe throughout November, December and January 2011, with each of the entries naturally showcased in Art Vinyl's slick Flip Frame.

Time for the nitty gritty - you can cast your vote as of now, either in person at one of the galleries in London, Edinburgh, Folkestone, Brussels, Paris or Gothenburg, or online at artvinyl.com
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The winners of the award will be announced on 3rd January, before going on to be further displayed at the participating galleries.

Best Art Vinyl 2010 - Nominations
Junip Artist: Junip
 
Title: Fields
 
Record Label: City Slang
 
Designer: Fredrik Söderberg
Roots Manuva Meets Wrong Tom Artist: Roots Manuva Meets Wrong Tom
 
Title: Duppy Writer
 
Record Label: Big Dada
 
Designer: Tony McDermott
Mystery Jets Artist: Mystery Jets
 
Title: Serotonin
 
Record Label: Rough Trade
 
Designer: Henry Harrison and Mystery Jets and Sean Michael Beolchini of SM Design in Italy
Wild Nothing Artist: Wild Nothing
 
Title: Gemini
 
Record Label: Captured Tracks
 
Designer: Joanne Ratkowski
Squarepushers pres. - Shobaleader One Artist: Squarepushers pres. - Shobaleader One
 
Title: d'Demonstrator
 
Record Label: Warp
 
Designer: Sam Blunden
Sufjan Stevens Artist: Sufjan Stevens
 
Title: The Age of Adz
 
Record Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records
 
Designer: Royal Robertson
Sky Larkin Artist: Sky Larkin
 
Title: Kaleide
 
Record Label: Polydor
 
Designer: Jack Hudson
Anberlin Artist: Anberlin
 
Title: Dark Is the Way, Light Is a Place
 
Record Label: Universal Republic
 
Designer: Michael Zavros
Caribou Artist: Caribou
 
Title: Swim
 
Record Label: City Slang/Merge
 
Designer: Design by Matthew Cooper and Jason Evans/Photography by Jason Evans
Arcade Fire Artist: Arcade Fire
 
Title: The Suburbs
 
Record Label: Mercury/Merge
 
Designer: Caroline Robert
Archie Bronson Outfit Artist: Archie Bronson Outfit
 
Title:
Hoola 12 inch
 
Record Label: Domino
 
Designer:
Dorian Hobday
Blonde Redhead Artist: Blonde Redhead
 
Title: Penny Sparkle
 
Record Label: 4AD
 
Designer: n/a
Double Dagger Artist: Double Dagger
 
Title: Masks EP
 
Record Label: Thrill Jockey
 
Designer: n/a
Gonjasufi Artist: Gonjasufi
 
Title: The Caliph's Tea Party
 
Record Label: Warp
 
Designer: MRR
Hornet Leg Artist: Hornet Leg
 
Title: Ribbon of Fear
 
Record Label: K Records
 
Designer: Chris Sutton
No Age

Artist: No Age
 
Title: Everything in Between
 
Record Label: Sub Pop
 
Designer: n/a

Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra Artist: Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra
 
Title: Kollaps Tradixionales
 
Record Label: Constellation
 
Designer: Efrim Menuck.
Four Tet Artist: Four Tet
 
Title: There is Love in You
 
Record Label: Domino
  
Designer: n/a
Skream Artist: Skream
  
Title: Outside the Box
  
Record Label: Tempa
  
Designer: Give Up Art
Devo Artist: Devo
  
Title: Something For Everybody
 
Record Label: Warner Bros
 
Designer: n/a
Interpol Artist: Interpol
  
Title: Interpol
 
Record Label: Cooperative Music
 
Designer:
n/a
Autechre Artist: Autechre
 
Title: Oversteps
 
Record Label: Warp
 
Designer: The Designer's Republic
Steve Mason Artist: Steve Mason
 
Title: Boys Outside
 
Record Label: Domino
 
Designer: Tony Hung
Grinderman Artist: Grinderman
  
Title: Heathen Child 12 inch Single
 
Record Label: Mute
 
Designer: Tom Hingston Studio
The Sword Artist: The Sword
 
Title: Warp Riders
  
Record Label: Kemado
 
Designer: Dan McPharlin
Yeasayer Artist: Yeasayer
  
Title: Odd Blood
 
Record Label: Secretly Canadian
  
Designer: Artwork by Benjamin Phelan, Art Direction by Chris Keating, Layout by  Daniel Murphy
Hot Chip Artist: Hot Chip
 
Title: We have remixes EP
 
Record Label: EMI
 
Designer: Darren Wall (Wallzo)
Glasser Artist: Glasser
  
Title: Ring
 
Record Label: True Panther Sounds
 
Designer: Tauba Auerbach
Klaxons Artist: Klaxons
 
Title: Surfing the Void
 
Record Label: Universal
 
Designer: Richard Robinson/Gareth Pritchard
Pascal Artist: Pascal
 
Title: Orkanen Närmar Sig
 
Record Label:
Novoton
 
Designer: Daggan @ Novoton
M.I.A Artist: M.I.A
 
Title: /\/\ /\ Y /\
 
Record Label: XL
 
Designer: n/a
Scissor Sisters Artist: Scissor Sisters
 
Title: Night Work
 
Record Label: Polydor Records
 
Designer: Photograph: Robert Mapplethorpe
Mark Ronson Artist: Mark Ronson
 
Title: Record Collection
 
Record Label: Columbia
 
Designer: Art Direction: Big Active
Goldfrapp Artist: Goldfrapp
 
Title: Headfirst
  
Record Label: Mute
 
Designer: Art Direction: Alison Goldfrapp and Mat Maitland
Anthony and the Johnsons Artist: Anthony and the Johnsons
  
Title: Swanlights
 
Record Label: Secretly Canadian
 
Designer: Artwork by Antony with assistance and design by Joie Iacono and layout  by Daniel Murphy
Edwyn Collins Artist: Edwyn Collins
  
Title: Losing Sleep
 
Record Label: Heavenly
 
Designer: n/a
Kylie Minogue Artist: Kylie Minogue
 
Title: Aphrodite
 
Record Label: Parlophone
 
Designer: n/a
Deftones Artist: Deftones
 
Title: Diamond Eyes
 
Record Label: Reprise, Warner Bros.
 
Designer: n/a
Faithless Artist: Faithless
  
Title: The Dance
  
Record Label: PIAS Recordings
 
Designer: n/a
Breakbot Artist: Breakbot
 
Title: Baby I'm Yours
  
Record Label: Ed Banger
 
Designer: SO ME/Irina Dakeva
Delphic Artist: Delphic
   
Title: Acolyte
 
Record Label: Polydor Records
  
Designer: Jake Walters
Erykah Badu Artist: Erykah Badu
  
Title: New Amerykah Part II (Return of the Ankh)

Record Label: Universal Motown
  
Designer: Emek
The Chemical Brothers Artist: The Chemical Brothers
 
Title: Further
  
Record Label: Parlophone
 
Designer: Jez Tozer
Maximum Balloon Artist: Maximum Balloon
 
Title: Maximum Balloon
 
Record Label: Fiction
 
Designer: n/a
Mount Kimbie Artist: Mount Kimbie
 
Title: Crooks & Lovers
 
Record Label: Hotflush
 
Designer: n/a
Pablo Cahn/Cesar Merveille Artist: Pablo Cahn/Cesar Merveille
  
Title: Split EP
 
Record Label: Cadenza
 
Designer: Amelie Nicolet
Flying Lotus Artist: Flying Lotus
 
Title: Pattern + Grid World EP
  
Record Label: Warp
  
Designer: Theo Ellsworth
Owen Pallett Artist: Owen Pallett
  
Title: Heartland
 
Record Label: Domino
  
Designer: Colin Bergh/Jimmy Limit

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Gallery information
UNITED KINGDOM
O2 Arena British Music Experience
Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Exhibition dates: December 2nd 2010 - January 31st 2011
www.britishmusicexperience.com
UNITED KINGDOM
Art's Complex
St. Margaret's House, 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE
Tel: 0131 661 1924
Exhibition dates: 7th January 2011 - 4th February 2011
www.artscomplex.org
UNITED KINGDOM
Georges House Gallery
8 The Old High St, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 1RL
Tel: 01303 244533
Exhibition dates: 9th December 2010 - 12th January 2011
www.strangecargo.org.uk/gallery
FRANCE
Cornershop
3 rue Saint Paul, 75004 Paris, France
Tel: 33(0)1 42 77 50 88
Exhibition dates: 18th November 2010 - 31st January 2011
BELGIUM
Jonas Gallery
Vlaamsesteenweg 35 Rue de Flandre, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 02 503 50 55
Exhibition dates: 25th November 2010 - 31th January 2011
www.jonasgallery.com
SWEDEN
Marten Art Vinyl Gallery
Storgatan 14, 411 24 Gothenburg, Sweden
Exhibition dates: 18th November 2010 - 31st January 2011


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