Hull School of Art & Design (HSAD) last night launched “Trevor Key’s Top 40” exhibition, containing the photographer’s greatest record sleeves in a display case designed and built for this exhibition by British artist Matthew Darbyshire.
Born in Hull, where he also attended art college, Trevor Key (1947-1995), was a hugely influential and respected photographer who worked primarily in the music industry. Key’s most iconic sleeve is perhaps Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’, though he would also produce work for Can, Tangerine Dream and even Derek and Clive. Key’s work is notable for its collaborative nature, working with Brian Cooke (as Cooke Key Associates), Jamie Reid on the later Sex Pistols’ releases, and most famously on a series of brilliant sleeves for New Order with art director Peter Saville; with whom he also produced work for Section 25, OMD and Peter Gabriel amongst others.
The exhibition opens on 20 September 2017 at Hull School of Art and Design, then through until December at various libraries in Hull. This exhibition has been organised by Scott King, Lesley Dilcock and Toby McFarlan Pond in cooperation with Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, Hull School of Art and Design, and Hull Libraries. “Trevor Key was a visionary and giant of the music industry with his photography appearing on some of the most iconic album covers of all time. To be able to exhibit this amazing collection in his home town as part of the Hull 2017 programme is really special” – Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017.
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