What will be the best album cover art of 2015?

The first 5 nominees from Art Vinyl's 2015 album cover art shortlist have been revealed.


Every year, the Best Art Vinyl prize is awarded by a mix of the public and industry judges to the best album cover art and design.

Last year's winnner was Dan Hillier’s illustration for the debut album by Royal Blood in at the top spot. In second place was the debut from FKA Twigs, followed by Singles by Future Islands.

Previous winners include Thom Yorke’s The Eraser from regular Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood, and work from the sixteenth century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel for The Fleet Foxes eponymous LP.

This year's shortlist of 50 will be announced on November 2 – though five of this year's nominees have been revealed, which we're showcasing in this story.

Image: Leftfield's Alternative Light Source cover features an 1990 artwork by modern artist Mark Wallinger called School Classroom.

The shortlist has been chosen by Art Vinyl and eight previous winners including Dan Hillier, Gerard Saint from Big Active (who won for 2013 for the cover of White Lies' Big TV), Davey Spence from Boat Studios (2012, Temper Trap's Temper Trap), and Zack Nipper (2011, Bright Eyes' The People's Keys).

Image: The cover of Linden's Rest And Be Thankful features artwork by 2005 Turner Prize-nominee Jim Lambie.


On November 2, the shortlist is thrown open to the public to vote for the overall winners.

Image: The cover of Dave Gilmour's Rattle That Lock was art directed by Dave Stansbie from The Creative Corporation under the creative directorship of Aubrey Powell from Hipgnosis.

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The shortlisted covers will be showcased at exhibitions in London and Scotland, at The Vinyl Cafe in Kings Cross and the North Ayrshire Heritage Centre respectively.

Image: This is the deluxe edition of Squeeze's Cradle To The Grave.


The winners will be announced on January 7 2016.

Image: The cover art for Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly was controversial when it was first launched on Instagram, and prompted a lot of in-depth analysis of its meaning and message.