Best Art Vinyl: album artwork through the ages

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New exhibition coming soon, showcasing the best of vinyl album artwork from 1949 - 2021

Best Art Vinyl: album artwork through the ages is a celebration of iconic vinyl album artwork from 1949 – 2021. This exhibition showcases the creativity and ingenuity behind the design of vinyl album covers, exploring the fascinating history and inspiration 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. 

At The Collection Museum, the exhibition is accompanied by the 18th Best Art Vinyl Award, an annual search for the most creative and well-designed record cover of the year. The Best Art Vinyl Award sees a diverse shortlist of the 50 best record covers of the year compiled by a panel of highly respected industry experts, artists and designers. You are invited to vote for your favourite work online, with the final winners revealed on 5 January 2023. 

The exhibition is complemented by material from Lincolnshire Heritage Service’s archives and local lenders, inviting you to take a trip down memory lane and discover Lincolnshire’s surprising musical past. Explore newspaper articles about The Great Western Express Festival, Lincolnshire’s very own version of Woodstock in the 1970s!

We believe that everyone has a connection to music, whether it is your favourite album, the song that gets you on the dancefloor or your first ever gig. As part of the exhibition, we invite you to share these memories by contributing your own favourite vinyl album to the display or telling us your most treasured music memory via our Museum of Music Memories. Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget to take a turn on the jukebox, where we hope you can find a track from a previous decade that will make you want to dance.

Best Art Vinyl: album artwork through the ages is a touring exhibition in collaboration with The Civic, Barnsley and Art Vinyl.

22 October - 22 January 2023. Tickets: £5, £3.50 for concessions. 2 years old and under are free but must book a ticket.

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Event programme:

Best Art Vinyl Late Nights
29th October: Silent Disco, 8pm – 12pm
An experience not to be missed, a Silent Disco in an incredible museum!
30th October: Halloween-themed Silent Disco, 4pm – 6pm
Join us for a spooky Silent Disco suitable for all ages.
Saturday 12th November: Barefoot Vinyl X The Collection, 8pm – 12pm
Local legends Barefoot Vinyl takes over the dancefloor, bringing the well-known vinyl club night to The Collection for this not-to-be-missed event. 
Friday 9th December: Plastic Fantastic with Back to Mono, 8pm – 12pm
A club night with a retro twist. Join us to dance, drink and revel in all things retro!

Tickets for all Best Art Vinyl Late Nights are £10, including a free drink, DJ set and entry to the exhibition (from 8-9pm).

*Tickets coming soon.*

Meet the Industry Experts + Record Fair
Saturday 14 January, 11am fair start. Talks starting at 1pm.
If you want to learn more about the music industry, if you are fascinated by what goes on behind-the-scenes or have burning questions for the people in the know, this day of talks is for you. We will be joined by industry experts and academics in the field, as well as hosting our very own pop-up record fair.
Tickets for the day are £10, which includes access to both the event and exhibition.

*Tickets coming soon.*

October Half Term Vinyl Crafts
Date and times coming soon.

Weekly Film Screenings
Sundays in October, November and January, 2- 4pm
Music has inspired many incredible films and we are bringing a fantastic lineup to The Collection this autumn. Join us on these Sunday afternoons as we enjoy some of these film classics.
Tickets are £10, which includes a film and entry to the exhibition. All films suitable for family audience and will be announced on the day. 

*Tickets coming soon.*