Online Exhibition

Tour Art Competition 2022

2022’s Tour Art Competition challenges new artists to submit an artwork based on the theme of 'Disguise’

Our 2022 Tour Art Competition challenged entrants to create an artwork inspired by the theme of ‘Disguise’.

Artists were asked to approach the theme of disguise and interpret it in their own unique style using a range of different techniques and mediums including sculpture, photography, collage, digital print or drawing.

Nerissa Taysom, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at Glyndebourne, said of this year’s entries: ‘Art has the ability to unpack the themes of opera in fresh and unexpected ways. The Tour Art Competition aims to nurture international artistic talent and provide a platform for new artists to exhibit their work. This year’s competition not only highlights the sheer creativity of new artists today, working in media as diverse as collage, digital painting and drawing, but the profound and universal appeal of opera to inspire. Our winner Nadia Carney and nine other shortlisted artists explore disguise as a tool to conceal or amplify, shapeshift and communicate about other times and places. Masks, costumes, illusion and props are all performative tools for us to enter other realities and we hope that this exhibition invites viewers to also explore the hidden dimensions of their own lives.’

Nadia Carney, who lives in Uckfield in East Sussex, studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and graduated in 2007 with a degree in Theatre Design. She continued her studies at Chelsea College of Arts which led to various roles with the Spice Girls, Westlife, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne, specialising in costume and set design.

Her winning entry Mighty Masquerade features an abundance of graphic lines, silhouettes and patches of bold colour surrounding the crowned head of a woman. The work was created digitally using an iPad, a relatively new way of working for the artist that came about due to a lack of access to a studio which led her to experiment with new mediums. While her preference is to be hands-on with the likes of paint, being able to create art whenever and wherever is the priority, a feeling that was only emphasised during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carney’s piece can be seen on the cover of the Tour 2022 Programme, which can be ordered from our online shop now.

To enquire about any of the works in this exhibition please contact our curator Nerissa Taysom –


Mighty Masquerade
Nadia Carney
Digital giclee print
60 x 84 cm


‘I’ve spent my career supporting other artists or artistic organisations and so my own artistic career has taken a back seat. But now I am finding my own artistic voice again.’

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Second place

This Mask I Wear
Benjamin Hope
Oil on canvas
50 x 50 cm


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Third place

Masked Imposter
Louis TF
Paper collage
27.5 x 27.5 cm


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Runners up

Smoke, mirrors, lies and deceit
Rachel Grimes
Photographic print
50 x 50 cm


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Face #010
James Ellis
Collage and digital painting printed on C-Type Fujicolour Crystal DP II
80 x 80 cm


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Zebra Song
Patricia Thornton
Oil on ply panel
31 x 31 cm


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Cherubino ‘la folle journée’
Vanessa Lawrence
Pastel on paper
50 x 65 cm


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Yujie Li
Oil on canvas
41 x 51 cm


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Valeriia Savchenko
Digital painting
45 x 45 cm

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Person in Red
Diana Almeida
Watercolour and crayon on paper
42 x 29 cm

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