Concord Art Prize Encourages Visual Artists to Be Inspired by Music

Lorenzo Belenguer
Escapadas Ideas Mag
5 min readSep 1, 2021

Sound and visual creations are constantly intertwined. Musicians are sometimes inspired by visual art and artists by music. The Concord Art Prize celebrates the not always visible cross-pollination in the creative industry.

Some works are inspired by songs from Pink Floyd, Krept & Konan, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Joan Armatrading, Stravinsky, from classical music to pop rock. The exhibition of finalists open to the public on the 10–11th September 2021 at 180 The Strand WC2R 1EA. It will open from 12 noon to 8pm and the entry is free.

10 finalists will receive a £1000 bursary to create their piece to exhibit at 180 strand.

Over 600 submissions were received from artists aged 18–72, responding to a selection of songs from Concord Music Publishing’s expansive library. The illustrious panel of judges, including world renowned British artist Mat Collishaw, representatives from the Royal College of Art, Central Saint Martins and Hiscox, alongside Julie Lomax (CEO of a-n The Artists Information Company), Robert Yates of The Observer, and songwriters Mark Ronson and Joan Armatrading, have deliberated and selected the 10 finalists who will each receive a £1k bursary and the opportunity to exhibit their final piece in London this September, in a show curated by Ali Hillman.

List of finalists:

Becky Hoghton |

Artworkd by Becky Hoghton. Courtesy Concord Art Prize and photographer Imogen Reay.

The self-taught Bristol based ceramist will create a beautiful porcelain work inspired by Pink Floyd’s The Great Gig In The Sky.

Angela Fung |

Artwork by Angela Fung. Courtesy Concord Art Prize and photographer Imogen Reay.

The award-winning jeweller and one half of the multi-disciplinary design studio of Fung + Bedford, will create a bespoke architectural origami paper installation based on Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians.

Sam Tahmassebi | @sam_tahmassebi

Inspired by Stravinsky’s The Rite Of Spring, he is planning an original painting on canvas, informed by digital culture.

Lorenzo Belenguer
Escapadas Ideas Mag

Artist #Minimalism / Editor Escapadas Ideas Mag / MA #Ethics & #AI / #NonBinary / Paper on AI bias mitigation on Springer