Winner of Glyndebourne Tour art competition announced

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A young artist from Penrith in Cumbria has won an international art competition run by Glyndebourne.

In its fourth year, the Glyndebourne Tour art competition invited visual artists aged 16 to 30 to submit an original work inspired by the Puccini opera Madama Butterfly, one of three productions being staged as part of Glyndebourne Tour 2016.

22-year-old Dora Hill’s winning piece, Nailed, was part of an impressive shortlist of 16 original artworks and will appear on the cover of 10,000 copies of the 2016 Glyndebourne Tour Programme. The work will also be exhibited at Glyndebourne, along with the rest of the shortlist.

The Glyndebourne Tour Programme is the sister publication of the Glyndebourne Festival Programme, a collector’s item with an established tradition of featuring cover art by established contemporary artists including David Hockney, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor.

The Glyndebourne Tour was established in 1968 to provide more opportunities for audiences to experience opera on their doorstep and to provide a platform for emerging performers. The Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition acts as an opportunity to champion young talent of a different kind by providing a showcase for visual artists.

Winner Dora Hill, a recent graduate of the University of Salford, said:

‘I’m delighted to have been chosen as the winner and look forward to seeing my work on the cover of the programme. The piece is a development of the ideas explored in my final degree piece from 2015, which was inspired by the work of the cut paper artist Rob Ryan. Madama Butterfly deals with the collision between the almost medieval society in Japan, with its strict social hierarchy and rigid codes of conduct, and the New World in the form of industrial America. But also it is the very human story of how this collision ultimately leads to the destruction of Butterfly. My piece shows in a very graphic way how that fatal interaction finally plays out.’


The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour opens at Glyndebourne on 14 October and visits Milton Keynes, Canterbury, Norwich, Woking and Plymouth.