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Art Vinyl Returns to The Hari

We are delighted to once again, have Art Vinyl display an incredible collection of record cover artwork in our window, ahead of their Best Art Vinyl Award for 2021.

This year sees work by a range of artists and designers from household names like Damien Hirst to genius new creatives, revealing their debut commercial projects in the form of vinyl record covers.

On Thursday 27th January, the winner will be selected amongst a diverse and striking shortlist of 50 nominations.  Chosen by a panel of illustrious artists, designers and music industry experts, the winner will have their design featured in numerous exhibitions in the UK and across Europe. 

Watch this space for the winners!

In the meantime, take a dive into the archives below for previous displays at The Hari, and the outstanding pieces of artwork.


Best Art Vinyl 2018

As voted for by the public, the winning artwork ‘Violence’ shows nude, intertwined bodies in a photographic take on baroque art of yore. The sleeve comes designed and photographed by visual collaborator Rahi Rezvari, who has a history depicting movement through visuals, producing imagery and campaigns for the Netherlands Dance Theatre.

The second place for Best Art Vinyl 2018 went to designer Tom Hingston’s wacko artwork for Young Fathers’ ‘Cocoa Sugar’, whilst third place went to Aphex Twin’s ‘Collapse’, a reality-warping sleeve from design legends The Designer’s Republic.

Winners & Nominees

Best Art Vinyl 2016

The Last Shadow Puppet’s ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ has been announced as the best vinyl artwork of 2016, as voted for by the public.

Everything You’ve Come to Expect was designed by Matthew Cooper, and features a colourised portrait of Tina Turner from 1969 taken by Jack Robinson. Jonathan Barnbrook’s iconic ‘Blackstar’ sleeve and Jonathan Zawada’s photo landscapes for Mark Pritchard’s ‘Under the Sun’ came in second and third place respectively.

Winners & Nominees

Best Art Vinyl 2015

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.

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.

Winners & Nominees

Art Vinyl Valentine's Special

In February 2018, we collaborated with Art Vinyl once again, to create a fabulous new display for Valentine’s Day. They curated  24 vinyl covers of couples kissing to celebrate love in all it’s glory.

Highlights in the exhibition include Sparks ‘When I Kiss You’, The Teenagers ‘Reality Check’ and Yargo ‘Body Beat’ to name a few.

See below for a full list of all Art Vinyl inspiring exhibitions!

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