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Art and exhibitions 2020

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

Associate Artist Tom Hammick

Guide Me Oh Moon, Anne Truelove and The Rake, 2020, Reduction Woodcut, © Tom Hammick, courtesy Hammick Editions.
All rights Reserved, Bridgeman Images.

This year’s Associate Artist is printmaker and painter Tom Hammick. Drawing on a wide variety of art historical sources, from Japanese woodblock prints to Northern European Romantic painting and cinema, Hammick’s works are ‘imaginary and mythological dreamscapes’.

Tom divides his time equally between painting in East Sussex and making prints in his studio in Bermondsey. He has had over 100 solo shows to date in the UK and abroad and his work can be found in many public collections in Europe and North America.

For Festival 2020 Tom is taking narratives from each opera to make a series of six monumental woodcuts and twelve etchings that visually explore ideas behind each production. Tom has made transpositions in his own painterly language that he hopes are truthful to aspects of characterisation to do with love and loss.

The works will be displayed in the foyer around the auditorium.

All of the works are for sale, and limited edition prints will be available from the Glyndebourne Shop.

Gallery 94: Forces of Nature

This year Gallery 94 will present a selection of paintings, prints and ceramics on the theme of ‘Forces of Nature’. The exhibition explores how artists represent their feelings or memories of natural phenomena, its forms and sounds, whilst questioning how we confront nature in an age of climate change. Inspired by the strong women on stage in our six Festival operas, all of the artists exhibiting in Gallery 94 this summer will be women. 

The ten artists are Lesley Birch, Michele Fletcher, Tanya Gomez, Rachel Gracey, Kathryn Johnson, Rosie Lascelles, Kathryn Maple, Tania Rutland, Katie Sollohub and Hannah Tounsend.

Gallery 94 is located by the stalls entrance to the auditorium. All the exhibited works are also available to purchase from our online Shop.


This summer, the Glyndebourne gardens will be home to a series of sculptures by Pakistan-born artist, Halima Cassell. Her work combines strong geometric elements with recurring patterns and architectural elements, using definite lines and dramatic angles to create an unsettling sense of movement. You can see her large scale works throughout the gardens, which are constructed from materials including cast iron, jesmonite and resin. Smaller hand-cast tiles will also be available to purchase in the Shop.

Triangles 5 (Bridge) by Nicholas Hare

Also on view are a number of other sculptures, including Triangles 5 (Bridge) by Nicholas Hare, which will remain on display for another year, plus Draped Reclining Woman by Henry Moore and Nic Fiddian-Green’s Horse at Water, which are on permanent display.

Archive Gallery – Hockney at Glyndebourne

David Hockney and director John Cox on the set of The Rake’s Progress in 1975. Photo Guy Gravett/Glyndebourne Archive

Our David Hockney-designed production of The Rake’s Progress makes a much anticipated return to the stage this summer. To celebrate, our Archive Gallery will be presenting a new exhibition celebrating the artist’s association with Glyndebourne, which has spanned five decades. You will be able to see rare items drawn from our collection including original props, costume and photographs from The Rake’s Progress.

Tour Art Competition

Tour Art exhibition 2019 in Gallery 94. Photo: Sam Stephenson

Each year we run a competition for a new artist to design the cover of our Tour Programme, this year’s theme is ‘Forces of Nature’. 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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