Design for Gloss record sleeve by Julie Verhoeven, London. Paper collage, pen, paint, pastel and correcting fluid on paper
Design for Gloss record sleeve by Julie Verhoeven, London. Paper collage, pen, paint, pastel and correcting fluid on paper

Dick Institute, Kilmarnock: The Art of Selling Songs – Music Graphics from the V&A

Note: Wed 18th March, all East Ayrshire Leisure activities, events and clubs will be cancelled until further notice.

Until 9th May

In an exhibition organised by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Dick Institute in Kilmarnock presents a selection from the V&A’s long-standing collection of music graphics, exploring a century of trends in visual culture, graphic design and consumerism, framed in the world of popular music marketing. 

From early phonograph music cylinder lithographs to contemporary digital art for app albums, the exhibition takes a fascinating journey through changing formats, printing methods, design styles and musical genres from the late 19th to early 21st Century. Comprising around 80 iconic works, this exhibition explores how graphic design wraps around music, and considers the past, present and future of the artform.

Features artwork and objects from music hall, posters and rare record sleeves for artists such as Louis Armstrong and Op and Pop Art, Art Nouveau-infused psychedelia such as Peter Blake’s Sgt Pepper artwork for The BeatlesAndy Warhol’s iconic imagery for The Rolling StonesJamie Reid’s punk collages for the Sex PistolsBuzzcocks and Grace Jones record sleeves, Blur’s Julian Opie-designed CD case and digital artwork from Bjork’s Biophilia app album, together with contemporary album artwork from the recent resurgence in vinyl.

Elmbank Avenue
Kilmarnock KA1 3BU

Image: Design for ‘Lonely in Paris’ by Gloss, paper collage, pen, paint, pastel and correcting fluid on paper. Design by Julie Verhoeven. Collection: Victoria and Albert Museum, London © Julie Verhoeven. Courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum