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Art Editorial

paintthetown.jpg Paint the Town in Sound: Online Exhibition

In 2019, Sunderland Culture approached Mercury Prize nominated Sunderland band Field Music to see if they would like to work with them on an exhibition exploring the relationship between art and music. 

They were inspired by the City’s long standing independent music scene, and excited to start the countdown to the 2021 opening of a major new music and performance hub in Sunderland, The Fire Station. Field Music were clear what they wanted from the exhibition:

“for people to see something of themselves, because we all use music and music culture as a way to construct our identities, and as a way to tell stories about ourselves. Whatever your background, the desire to make or remake your identity from songs and images seems universal.”

What emerged was Paint the Town in Sound. This online exhibition examines the direct links forged between musicians and artists, taking Field Music’s own collaborations as a starting point to explore wider themes. 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.