Tour Art Competition 2017

This year’s competition is now closed. The shortlist will be announced at the end of July.

About the competition

Now in its fifth year, Glyndebourne is running an art competition inviting young artists (aged 16-29) to design the cover of its 2017 Tour Programme.

Visual arts have always been an integral part of Glyndebourne on and off the stage and this annual competition offers a platform for emerging artists to raise their profile.

The winning artist will see their artwork on the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme distributed at Glyndebourne and theatres in Canterbury, Woking, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth. Their work will also be part of an exhibition, with all shortlisted works, at Glyndebourne this autumn.

As part of the prize, the winner will receive four free tickets to a world-class opera production as part of the Tour 2017. All shortlisted entrants will also win two free tickets.

This year’s judging panel includes:

  • Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne
  • Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, Chairman, Royal Academy of Arts Development Trust
  • Rachel Kneebone, White Cube Artist

Deception: our theme for Tour 2017

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘deception’, a common thread in all three of the operas in this year’s Tour. In Così fan tutte a cheeky double dare results in a test of loyalty using false pretences, while in Il barbiere di Siviglia, the battle of the sexes becomes a battle of wits as a web of traps is laid. Deception plays an essential role in all Shakespearean drama; none more than Hamlet which features lies, schemes and falsity at every turn.


Examples of previous winners

22 year-old Dora Hill from Penrith in Cumbria won the competition in 2016 with her beautifully intricate paper artwork inspired by our production of Madama Butterfly.

Nailed © Dora Hill

A fine art student, 20 year-old Yin Ching Tung, impressed the judges with her energetic vitality, raw graphic style and mesmerising undertones of the work of Francis Bacon. She won the competition in 2015.

Struggles of Vanity © Yin Ching Tung


How to enter

We are inviting visual artists aged 16-29 to submit an artwork inspired by the theme of deception by 11.59pm on 14 July 2017.

Artists are invited to submit paintings, drawings, original prints, mixed media, photography and digital pieces for the competition (no video or sculpture). Pieces must work on two levels: as printed artwork on the programme front cover and as an exhibition piece.

The winning artist will be announced on 16 August 2017.

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