Visual Artists Residency

For summer 2017, Glyndebourne and the University of Brighton have collaborated to provide a residency for two students on the PGCE Art and Design course. The successful applicants have attended rehearsals and explored the Glyndebourne estate, drawing inspiration and researching towards their creative practice. As well as being able to observe rehearsals the artists have attended education events and performances, producing sketchbooks and pieces of work based on their experiences.

Olivia Broadbent Smith and Rebecca Bleach are the two artists selected for 2017 and both will be starting teaching positions in local schools from September 2017. Olivia comes from a dressmaking background and has incorporated textile work throughout her process, finding influence in Glyndebourne’s extensive gardens. Rebecca has worked extensively in 3D design, modelling, and ceramics. Her work has been inspired by props from La clemenza di Tito as well as model boxes and Glyndebourne’s own sculptural exhibitions, which in 2017 includes work by Rachel Kneebone and Nick Hornby.

Both artists have commented on the unique opportunity to work freely on their own artistic projects with an open brief, with Olivia noting ‘This is the first time in my creative development I have been working without a specific brief or with an expected outcome […] this has been liberating, as I have had the opportunity to explore a large variety of media that I enjoy working with and my work is more abstract than I have previously produced’.