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Art and exhibitions 2022

Our exhibitions programme for 2022.


Maggi Hambling: Glyndebourne (21 May – 28 August)

Stage Diptych VIII, Maggi Hambling, oil on canvas

The artist Maggi Hambling will present her first exhibition at Glyndebourne at the 2022 Glyndebourne Festival with support from Marlborough Gallery, and her piece Night of the Lotus Eaters will feature on the cover of the Festival 2022 Programme Book.

Maggi Hambling: Glyndebourne features a new series of diptychs and ink drawings which resonate with this year’s Glyndebourne Festival productions, along with a large-scale painting that will hang prominently in the Glyndebourne foyer.

The exhibition will include six prints of ink drawings, each one selected by Hambling to represent one of this year’s productions, and a series titled Stage Diptychs I-XII that portray figures in a variety of poses on stage. Using a bold palette of Indian yellows, black, oxblood and white, these paired paintings reflect Hambling’s longstanding interest in performers and the art of performance. As with much of the artist’s output, the works for Glyndebourne deal with themes of desire, ecstasy, life, loss and death.

Join us in the Old Green Room during the first 30 minutes from the garden opening time for our exhibition of works by one of Britain’s most celebrated artists. The exhibition is free to enter for ticket holders for that day’s performance.

For appointments and enquiries, please contact our curator

Tom Hammick (21 May – 28 August)

British painter and printmaker Tom Hammick, Glyndebourne’s Associate Artist for 2021-2022, returns with a series of colourful monotypes made over the last year. Drawing on the design and stagecraft of the 2022 Festival productions, Hammick will explore perennial themes in this work – wonderment for the environment and concern for climate change, love and loss, poetry and music.

Cover to Cover (21 May – 28 August)

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Glyndebourne Festival Programme book we are pleased to present Cover to Cover – an exhibition of original cover art by designers such as Oliver Messel, Emanuele Luzzati and Elizabeth Bury, including a number of artworks that are being exhibited to the public for the first time. The exhibition will bring together original covers alongside costumes, photography and archive material to showcase the Glyndebourne Festival Programme book in a new and exciting way.

On display will be new work by the celebrated British photographic artist Mark Vessey, who creates cultural portraits by photographing curated collections of vinyl, magazines and books. Vessey has collaborated with Glyndebourne to create a new limited edition photograph inspired by the history of the Festival Programme Book, titled GLYNDEBOURNE.

Figaro at Glyndebourne (October)

A new show to celebrate Glyndebourne’s longstanding history with The Marriage of Figaro. The exhibition will include original designs, costume, photography and archive material from Glyndebourne’s very first production of the opera in 1934. There will also be contemporary artworks on display, including the winning entries of the 2022 Tour Art Competition.

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