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Art and exhibitions 2019

There are a host of exhibitions to explore during your visit to Glyndebourne

Don’t miss the array of art and sculpture on display at Glyndebourne during your visit

2019 Exhibition: Between Worlds

From the Boathouse, Nick Bodimeade

Gallery 94 presents a group show of paintings, prints and ceramics by artists including Julian Sutherland-Beatson, Deborah Gourlay, Carina Ciscato, Nick Bodimeade, Tom Homewood, Kate Bland and Helen Brown. New work by emerging artists including Charlotte Posner, Laura Footes and Katie Ponder – who won Glyndebourne’s 2017 Tour Art competition – will also be on view. All the works have been commissioned for this exhibition and centre on exploring the different ways that Glyndebourne’s architecture and gardens might be read, from panoramic views to fleeting glimpses behind the stage.

Gallery 94 is located by the stalls entrance to the auditorium. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. All of the works are available to purchase from our Shop.


This year’s temporary sculpture is a series of new works by the architect turned sculptor, Nicholas Hare. In the gardens are three monumental Cor-Ten steel sculptures to be found as audience members picnic and walk around the site. To complement these, Hare has also created a series of six small bronzes to wrap around the foyer of the theatre building. Working in two different scales and materials, Hare returns again and again to the relationship between form, space and weight. All the works are tactile and visitors are encouraged to touch the works. In all his works, the surfaces will colour throughout the Festival, developing their own patina, markings and shadows. In time, these will all leave indelible marks of experiences made and shared at Glyndebourne.

Photo: Ben McKee

Artist in Residence

Also new this year is Glyndebourne’s first formal Visual Artist in Residence scheme, launched earlier this year for ‘emerging’ artists. The Residency is a three-month funded opportunity offering full backstage access, a chance to sit in rehearsals, meet musicians and explore the archive. The first artist to be awarded the position is the painter Christopher Gilvan-Cartwright, who has created a number of new works for the exterior walls of the auditorium. In these he is responding to Glyndebourne as a ‘playground between reality and illusion, contemporary and classical, as a platform on which a human landscape plays out its myths and fairytales’.

The work Chris Gilvan-Cartwright’s has created at Glyndebourne is available to buy at Glyndebourne Shop. An interview with Chris about his work for Glyndebourne is featured in the Between Worlds exhibition catalogue. Find out more about our Artist in Residence scheme.

Archive Gallery

Glyndebourne Festival Opera was founded in the inter-war years, a product of the emigree artists fleeing Europe before the outbreak of WWII 80 years ago. To mark this anniversary, and as part of the wider, national Insiders Outsiders project, this summer the Archive Gallery will be mounting an exhibition looking back at the beginnings of the Festival, and the personalities who shaped it.

Tour Art Competition

2019’s Tour Art Competition challenged new artists to submit an artwork based on the theme of ‘Lost and Found’. The winning artist will see their artwork on the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme distributed at Glyndebourne and theatres in Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Liverpool, Woking and Norwich. Their work will also be part of an exhibition, with all shortlisted works, in Gallery 94 at Glyndebourne this autumn.

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