Art Vinyl

The Best Art Vinyl Award is a unique opportunity to express your views on the best record cover designs of the year. These pages include an archive of past winners. Best Art Vinyl 2017 nominations are revealed in November and the winner announced on Jan 9th 2018.

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Now in its 13th year, The Best Art Vinyl Award compiles the global opinion on the best of contemporary art and design in music.

The winners of Best Art Vinyl 2016 were announced on January 5th 2017 at the Hari Hotel London .

The 2016 Award to mark 12 years of Best Art Vinyl, featured nominations selected by the winning designers from the previous years’ awards. As always the nominations create a very unique snap shot of contemporary record sleeve designs.

The very first Best Art Vinyl award was won by Hard-Fi’s ‘Stars of CCTV’ in 2005 and since then we have developed a fair process whereby public votes are cast against a shortlist of 50 sleeve designs.

For Best Art Vinyl 2016, it was The Last Shadow Puppets’ long-awaited 2nd album ‘Everything You’ve Come to Expect’ which was created by illustrator and designer, Matthew Cooper from an original photograph of Tina Turner from the late 60’s.

Previous winners have included 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 by Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel.

The search for the most creative and well designed record cover of the year for 2017 starts again in November.

You can vote online or visit the numerous exhibition locations


Best Art Vinyl 2017 Exhibitions 

The Civic – Barnsley, UK

’12 Years on 12 Inches’

November 11th 2017 – January 30th 2018

Hanson Street,

Barnsley, S70 2HZ

01226 327000


Mono Art & Design – Budapest, Hungary

November 16th 2017 – January 3oth 2018

Kossuth Lajos Utca 12,

Budapest, 1053



The Vinyl Café – Kings Cross London

November 27th 2017 – April 3oth 2018

Tileyard Rd,

London, N7 9AH



Semm music Store & More – Bologna

November 30th 2017 – Feb 28th 2018

Via G.Oberdan, 24 F

40126 Bologna, Italy




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