Optical Deception

Glyndebourne launches international competition for young artists

Glyndebourne has launched its annual competition to find a striking piece of original artwork for the cover of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme.

The competition is open to visual artists aged 16 to 29. The winning work will feature on the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and appear in an exhibition at Glyndebourne this autumn.

The theme for this year’s competition is deception, a common thread in all three operas being staged for the 2017 Tour – Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia and a new opera based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn.

The winner will be decided by a specially convened panel of judges including Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE, Chairman, Royal Academy of Arts Development Trust, and White Cube artist Rachel Kneebone, who is exhibiting new work at Glyndebourne Festival 2017.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “In the five years since the competition launched, it’s been fantastic to see the number, variety and quality of entries continue to rise. I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions and being introduced to some fantastic young artists.”

Artists are invited to submit paintings, drawings, original prints, mixed media, photography and digital pieces (no video or sculpture). Submissions must work both as printed artwork for the programme cover and as an exhibition piece.

The closing date for entries is 14 July 2017.

For full terms and conditions, and to enter, visit glyndebourne.com/tourart

The Glyndebourne Tour was founded in 1968 with the dual aims of broadening the reach of opera and providing a platform for young singers.  Now in its fifth year, the Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition champions young artistic talent of a different kind by providing an opportunity for emerging visual artists to raise their profile.

Glyndebourne Tour 2017 runs from 7 October – 2 December 2017. Following three weeks of performances at Glyndebourne, it visits Canterbury, Woking, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.