Glyndebourne unveils the artists of the future
Glyndebourne opera house has announced the winners of its inaugural Tour Art Competition, unveiling three talented, young artists of the future.
Securing first place is 27-year-old Jeremy Harnell, a US born artist whose winning submission Entdecken impressed judges with its visually arresting, contemporary interpretation of Glyndebourne’s 2013 touring production, Hänsel und Gretel. The piece draws on Glyndebourne’s sugar-saturated staging suggestively hinting at the danger lurking in the forest for the intrepid siblings.
UK-based Jeremy will see his artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour programme; a first in the 45 year history of the Glyndebourne Tour. The programme will be available in all Glyndebourne Tour locations: Glyndebourne, Woking, Norwich, Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Plymouth and Stoke-on-Trent. Selected by the jury for their creativity and sophisticated imagery, the three winning entries responded directly to the artistic brief, creating inspirational artwork that embeds Glyndebourne’s ethos of developing emerging, young talent.
Announcing the winner, principal judge for the competition Lord Davies of Abersoch, Chairman of the trustees at the Royal Academy said “We were pleased to see so much talent amongst young artists, it was a tough decision but we have an extremely worthy winner.”
Winning artist Jeremy has a visual style that comes from the "Golden-Era" of mid-century, modern graphic design, he cites artists such as Saul Bass and Paul Rand as significant influences on his work. East Sussex resident Jeremy was thrilled to have won, commenting “It's an honour to have my work chosen for the 2013 Tour Cover. Entdecken is based on Hänsel und Gretel and the contrasting visual elements of the opera; the vibrant supermarket and the stark, imposing forest. The artwork features a house made of vintage sweet wrappers, drawing the children towards it from the darkness of the forest. I wanted to give the audience that feeling of wandering in the woods alongside Hänsel und Gretel, capturing that moment of wonder and fear the characters are feeling when they stumble upon the witches’ cottage.”
In April 2013 Glyndebourne unveiled its first ever art competition looking for the creative talent of the future. The search for young, emerging artists to design the cover of the annual Tour programme was in response to the huge success of Glyndebourne’s sister publication, the Festival Programme book, which through the decades has become a collector’s item well-known for its contemporary front covers by artists such as Michael Craig Martin, Grayson Perry and David Hockney.
The Tour competition’s two runners up were Tess Redburn, 24, from Bristol, who recently graduated from the Bath School of Art, and 21-year-old Dorian Schwartz, a psychology student from Canada who participates in arts shows in her home town of Winnipeg. Commenting on her success in being selected Dorian said “I am so grateful to have been chosen to place in the Tour Art competition. Glyndebourne not only recognizes the importance of encouraging young artists but they are providing artists with an opportunity to be recognized for their work.”
Glyndebourne’s Executive Chairman Gus Christie championed the competition and its search for talented and aspiring artists, Mr Christie said “We were impressed with the high standard of submissions to the competition with some wonderfully abstract pieces. Innovation and creativity was essential and we knew that submissions needed to celebrate and embed the ethos of Glyndebourne’s annual Tour, showing understanding and empathy for our long standing commitment to developing emerging artistic talent. Jeremy’s winning artwork delivers a sense of wonder and discovery with darker, more mysterious elements brilliantly embedded.”
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 inaugural Glyndebourne Tour Programme cover competition extends the reach of opera once again and allows Glyndebourne to champion young and emerging artistic talent of a different kind.
The winning artists will see their work exhibited in the Stalls Gallery at Glyndebourne from 6-26 October and in Eastbourne at the award-winning Towner gallery from 23 November-1 December.