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.

Artists included in the exhibition: Simeon Barclay, Peter Blake, Bunker Group 35, Helen Cammock, Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Anthea Hamilton, Iain Hetherington, Graeme Hopper, Evan Ifekoya, Bob Jardine, Steve Johnson, Laura Lancaster, Mark Leckey, Andy Martin, Pauline Murray, Vinca Petersen, Susan Phillipsz, Narbi Price, Splash Addict (Susie Green and Simon Bayliss) and Bob and Roberta Smith.


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.


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

NPP logo