A fine art student at Loughborough University has won first place in Glyndebourne’s national art competition. Twenty-year-old Yin Ching Tung’s winning piece, Struggles of Vanity, impressed the judges with its energetic vitality, raw graphic style and mesmerising undertones of the work of Francis Bacon.
The winning piece competed against an impressive shortlist of 15 original artworks all exploring the theme of vanity. As well as seeing her winning work displayed in the Stalls Gallery at Glyndebourne, Yin Ching will see her artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour programme, which is sold at six venues across England from October to December 2015.
Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “Visual arts have always been an integral part of Glyndebourne on and off the stage and this competition continues our aspirations to engage with young visual artists.”
The Glyndebourne Tour art competition launched in 2013 and was created in response to the success of its sister publication, the Glyndebourne Festival Programme book, a collector’s item renowned for its covers by established artists such as: Julian Opie, Michael Craig Martin, David Hockney and Grayson Perry.
Glyndebourne has had a long and illustrious relationship with visual arts throughout its 81-year history, and in 2015, began a three-year partnership with London’s White Cube gallery. Each summer will see one of White Cube’s artist’s exhibit new works at the annual Glyndebourne Festival in a custom-built gallery. Glyndebourne’s idyllic surroundings and world-class opera productions offer rich opportunities for inspiring visual art and the Glyndebourne Festival has displayed an art collection on site for more than 50 years with recent exhibiting artists including internationally renowned figures as such: Georg Baselitz, Sean Henry and John Stezaker.
Since the advent of the Tour in 1968, Glyndebourne has sought to broaden the reach of opera, bringing the art form to new audiences every autumn as it takes three productions on the road. The Tour Art competition allows Glyndebourne to champion young and emerging artistic talent of a different kind. Now in its third year, the Glyndebourne Tour art competition restricts entrants to those under the age of 30 in order to assist with the development of young artists careers.