PJ Harvey to record new album as Somerset House art exhibition

The Mercury Prize winner will give the public an insight into her work

PJ Harvey is set to record her ninth album as part of a public art exhibition at Somerset House.

The two-time Mercury Prize winner will offer fans access to the four-week creative process of putting together her next record in a new installation currently titled Recording in Progress.

Harvey, 45, has been working closely with art producers Artangel and the project will be art-oriented.

Producers Flood and John Parish will be assisting Harvey on the album, along with her band and sound engineers.

The exhibition will be held in a specially-designed studio that will enable visitors to look in through one-way glass.

“I want Recording in Progress to operate as if we’re an exhibition in a gallery,” said Harvey. “I hope visitors will be able to experience the flow and energy of the recording process.”

Somerset House says in a statement that each small group will “experience something different, depending on what point in its development a particular song has reached and which of its elements are mixed live”.

Tickets for 50-minute slots at Recording in Progress are on sale now and cost £15, with £12 concessions. The exhibition opens on 16 January and runs until 14 February, with advance booking essential.