The Art of the Record showcases the work of artists and musicians from across Aotearoa since the inception of NZ Music Month | Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa in 2001.
Auckland, Monster Valley 01 - 08 May
Wellington, Te Auaha 10 - 15 May
Christchurch, Pumanawa 17 - 22 May
Dunedin, 19 George St, 25 - 31 May
Across this collection there are award winning albums and artists, records that flew under the radar and releases that broke chart records. Their common thread is the cover art was made in Aotearoa by New Zealand artists, and in their own unique way they impart the sensibility of the music they represent.
The role of art direction and design in communicating a musician’s artistic vision to the world cannot be underestimated. Books are judged by their covers, as are albums – presenting the aesthetic of a record in an authentic way is a vital part of musicians speaking to, and finding, their audiences and telling their stories.
With this exhibition we celebrate the creativity of a small selection from the canon of Aotearoa’s designers, artists, painters, art directors, photographers and sculptors from the last 21 years who have defined the Art of the Record.
The Art of the Record is brought to you by the NZ Music Commission, which is the home of NZ Music Month | Te Marama Puoro o Aotearoa. The purpose of the month is to shine a light on the music of Aotearoa and our musicians in a nationwide celebration each May.
The Music Commission would like to sincerely thank all the artists, musicians and designers who have so generously supported this exhibition. Ngā mihi nui!
Recorded Music NZ have acknowledged album artwork at the NZ Music Awards since 1979, when Peter Burt and Dale Wrightson won for Just Drove Through Town by The Citizen Band. They are supporting this exhibition through a Music Grant from Recorded Music NZ and many of their award winners over the past two decades are included in this exhibition.
Our adjunct display are the winners of the Independent Music NZ Classic Record award. Presented each year at the Taite Music Prize, it honours an outstanding independently released record from more than twenty years ago, which are being presented together here for the first time.