Revolutions: from Gatefold to Download

Patrick curated Revolutions: from Gatefold to Download in 2009. The project took the form of an exhibition and a series of short films exploring the history of album cover artwork from its early days in the 1930s through to the present day. This exhibition is available for tour, please get in touch if your organisation/gallery would like to show this work.


The project explores how cover design has influenced, and been influenced by, popular culture and responded to technological developments and change. On show are cover artworks that became era-defining images of popular culture and have forged the reputations of some of the leading lights of the art and design world. The exhibition raises questions about the future of design within a music industry coming to terms with a digital age. This is an exciting retrospective of a unique area of art and design that appeals to design aficionados and music fans alike.

Revolutions brings together over 100 album sleeves from across the 20th and 21st centuries. arranged decade by decade, with key designers from each explored in detail. The exhibition also highlights the effects that MTV, the internet, mp3 players and music downloads have had on this art form. Designers featured in Revolutions include: Airside, Big Active, Neville Brody, Central Station, The Designers Republic, Farrow Design, Form, Malcolm Garrett, Tom Hingston Studio, Intro, Me Company, Non Format, Vaughan Oliver, 8vo, Oscar & Ewan, Peter Saville Associates, Storm Thorgersonl Hipgnosis, Stylorouge, Tomato, Traffic Design/Julian Opie, and Wallzo.


Showing within the exhibition is an exclusive film featuring leading designers and studios talking about their work. Contributors include Central Station for Happy Mondays/Black Grape, Farrow Design for Pet Shop Boys/Spiritua/ized, Malcolm Garrett for Buzzcocks/Duran Duran, Stylorouge for Blur/George Michael, Intro for Primal Scream, Oscar & Ewan for Roots Manuva, Wallzo for Hot Chip.


Title: Revolutions from Gatefold to Download
Date: 2009
Activity: Curator/Project Director