Glyndebourne launches third annual competition to champion young artists

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Glyndebourne has launched a national art competition inviting talented and aspiring young artists to design the front cover of its 2015 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 and any participating galleries this autumn.

Glyndebourne is inviting artists from across the UK aged over 16 and under 30 to create visual artwork inspired by the theme of Vanity, to be submitted by Friday 24 July 2015.

Two of the productions in Glyndebourne’s 2015 Tour – Saul and Don Pasquale – deal with vanity in completely different ways. Saul has strong links with the tragedy of King Lear, where his vanity, arrogance and denial bring about his madness and downfall; in the farcical Don Pasquale an old bachelor is flattered into seeking a younger wife in the hope of taking revenge upon his nephew, and it is his vanity that allows others to pull the wool over his eyes. Glyndebourne would like young artists to explore the theme of vanity and how it can bring about a fall from grace or from power.

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 third year, the Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition acts as an opportunity to champion young and emerging artistic talent of a different kind. The competition offers a platform for young artists to raise their profile nationally, and an opportunity to see their art displayed at Glyndebourne and sold as part of a collection. Competition winners will also receive four free tickets to a Tour 2015 performance.

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 Friday 24 July 2015. 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 2015 Tour Art Competition. Entrants must also agree to the full list of terms and conditions outlined below.

Please email a file of your artwork to Karen Anderson, with the supporting information below:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Date of birth
  • Title of work submitted
  • Biographical information (max. 100 words)
  • Entry statement: in no more than 100 words please tell us what inspired you when creating your work for this competition.

Terms and conditions

1. Only one piece of art per applicant can be submitted.

2. All submitted work must be the property of the artist entering the competition.

3. All submitted work to be created solely for this competition.

4. The winning cover art will remain the property of the artist and is exclusively licensed to Glyndebourne for use in perpetuity in all forms and all media whether now known or hereinafter invented in all territories throughout the world for any activity related to the Glyndebourne Tour.

5. The deadline for submitted work is by 11.59pm on Friday, 24 July 2015.

6. All work submitted must be available for sale, for exhibition, available for advertising and online postings across Glyndebourne’s channels (e.g. website, email, social media).

7. The winning artist must be available for at least two press interviews following the judging process.

8. The artist must be aged over 16 and under 30 years of age on 24 July 2015.