Paint the Town In Sound

Paint the Town in Sound explores the timeless relationship between art and music. The exhibition examines the direct links forged between musicians and artists taking Sunderland based band Field Music’s own collaborations as a starting point to explore wider trends.

Featuring artwork by artists including Helen Cammock, Jeremy Deller, Anthea Hamilton, Mark Leckey and Susan Philipsz, Paint the Town in Sound questions how we engage in acts of self-portraiture through music, be this through songwriting, use of visual art or associations to music subcultures. The artworks in the exhibition, drawn from the Arts Council Collection, offer a fascinating insight into the musical heritage of the region providing a route to examine our own cultural identity and its relationship to class, politics and place.


This is the second in our series of Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme exhibitions. Find out more about the programme here.

Paint the Town in Sound Takeaway Pack
For families, we also have a free activity pack inspired by the exhibition – full of artist designed activities, ideas and incredible artworks to help families explore art, music, words and sound at home.


Youth Arts Exhibition 2021: Free Online Workshops
During the Easter Holidays join us as we celebrate Youth Arts Exhibition with a series of fun free online workshops! These events are part of the learning programme for the Bright Lights Youth Arts exhibition inspired by themes in the Paint the Town in Sound exhibition


Image credit: Evan Ifekoya, The Gender Song, 2014. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © the artist.

NPP logo 

Stay connected with Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Instagram Twitter Facebook