Glyndebourne launches design competition for young artists

Glyndebourne launches an international art competition inviting young artists to design the cover of its 2016 Tour Programme. The winning artist will see their artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and be exhibited at Glyndebourne this autumn.

Glyndebourne is inviting visual artists aged between 16 and 30 to submit artwork inspired by Madama Butterfly, one of three productions that will tour the country from October to December 2016. Madama Butterfly is currently the 6th most performed opera in the world and will make its debut on Glyndebourne’s Tour 2016.

The Glyndebourne Tour Programme is the sister publication of the Glyndebourne Festival Programme, a collector’s item well-known for its contemporary front covers. Recent cover artists include Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “Visual arts has always been an integral part of Glyndebourne on and off the stage and this competition continues our aspirations to engage with young visual artists.”

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. Now in its fourth year, the Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition acts as an opportunity to champion young artistic talent of a different kind. The competition offers a platform for emerging artists to raise their profile internationally, and an opportunity to see their art displayed at Glyndebourne.

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 closing date for all entries is 1 July 2016. The winning artist will be announced shortly afterwards following the decision of a specially convened panel of judges.

Submitted artwork must be original work designed exclusively for Glyndebourne’s 2016 Tour Art Competition. Entrants must also agree to the full list of terms and conditions.

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The Glyndebourne Tour runs from 14 October – 8 December 2016.

The tour begins at Glyndebourne before visiting Woking, Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.