Because the real hero of Art Vinyl is the record sleeves themselves, we run a program of exhibitions that celebrate the best in sleeve design.


Album Artwork Through The Ages The Collection Lincoln

Album Artwork Through the Ages

Album Artwork Through the Ages

To mark the Best Art Vinyl Award’s 18th anniversary, Best Art Vinyl 2022 is accompanied by a retrospective exhibition at The Collection and Usher Gallery in Lincoln, in conjunction with The Civic Barnsley, running 22 October until 22 January 2023.

Album Artwork Through The Ages is a celebration of iconic vinyl album artwork from 1949 – 2021. Spanning 70+ years of popular art, music and design, the exhibition shines a light on the most iconic album designs in popular culture and explores the fascinating history behind some of the most renowned visual icons of our time. The curated sleeves contribute to the last 17 winners of our Best Art Vinyl Awards which has been running since 2005, and the result is a definitive retrospective of UK popular culture, one 12 inch at a time.

The exhibition includes fascinating back stories for the creativity and ingenuity behind some iconic artworks such as Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures, the Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks and The Beatles The White Album. Visitors also have a chance to capture the unveiling of this year’s 50 nominations for the Best Art Vinyl Award 2022 and even vote for their favourites.

The exhibition is complemented by material from Lincolnshire Heritage Service’s archives and local lenders, inviting visitors to take a trip down memory lane and discover Lincolnshire’s surprising musical past and even take a turn on the jukebox, and find a track from a previous decade.