The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award announces the 2019 Design Commission curated by Edinburgh’s Local Heroes and supported by Sweetdram.

Developed by The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is one of Scotland’s most ambitious and lucrative arts prizes. With £20,000 awarded to the winning album and nine runners-up prizes of £1,000, The SAY Award champions the strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical output and the vital, enduring relationship it shares with the world of design, celebrating emerging and established artistic practice.

A unique feature of The SAY Award is its Design Commission. From flip books and ceramic bells to Jesmonite discs and handmade quilts, each year a designer is commissioned to make bespoke prizes for the Shortlisted artists, offering a creative and exciting complement to the award’s musical counterpart.

With The SAY Award moving to the capital city for the first time, The SMIAnaturally wanted to reach out and engage with the talented local design community, so approached Edinburgh-based renowned design curators Local Heroes, who create platforms for presenting and experiencing design based in Scotland. They develop curatorial projects, commissions and events with modern cultural institutions and brands, and have even just completed a curated collection of 10 pieces going on show in the First Minister’s office at Holyrood.