Visual Artist in Residence 2019

Visual Artist in Residence 2019

Call for Applications

Dates: February – May 2019
Fee: £5,000, plus reasonable travel costs
Deadline for applications: 4 January 2019
Interview date: Week commencing 14 January 2019


Glyndebourne is inviting applications from UK-based visual artists for a three month Residency. In this time, the appointed artist will need to produce one significant work or body of work to be displayed on site at the opera house between May – December 2019.

About Glyndebourne

In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo.

Glyndebourne’s reputation stems from a passion for artistic excellence. Our founder John Christie insisted on ‘doing not the best we can do, but the best that can be done anywhere’. This reputation enables us to attract the world’s finest artists. Today, its Festival and Tour present over 120 performances each year, to some 150,000 people. Our programme balances well-known repertoire with less familiar works, both old and new, including British premieres and new commissions. In addition to established opera directors, we also invite talented theatre directors to bring their creative vision to opera, often for the first time.

As a future-looking institution, 2019 is set to be a significant year for Glyndebourne as we celebrate 25 years since the completion of our ‘new’ opera house. To coincide, we will also open our new Production Hub, designed by Nicholas Hare Architects and hold the world premiere of a new community opera, ‘Agreed’ in March. It is set to be an exciting year ahead and we hope you will consider being part of it.

Glyndebourne Artist in Residence 2019

The visual arts at Glyndebourne are undergoing a significant period of change, with an expansion of the Stalls Gallery and an exciting programme of sculpture planned for the site. In line with other career development schemes offered at Glyndebourne, we are launching our new Artist in Residence for ‘emerging’ visual artists, which aims to support those who are in the first 5-10 years of their careers. This Residency will give an artist the opportunity to develop their skills, build on their creative practice, exhibit new work and gain a behind-the-scenes insight into our work.

The purpose of this Residency is to produce new work in response to the buildings, history, stories, music, stagecraft or productions at Glyndebourne, to make interdisciplinary connections between art and music and inspire visitors with their artwork. The artist chosen will be supported in their Residency with access to Glyndebourne’s archive, rehearsals, Production Hub, theatre and gardens, with guidance from our Curator.

This call for applications is for a three month Residency, with the opportunity to live on site at the Glyndebourne manor house for three weeks. After this time, the chosen artist will produce work in their own studio or place of work, with ongoing access to Glyndebourne for research and development.

Theme for 2019: Between Worlds

2019 is a significant year in Glyndebourne’s history as we celebrate 25 years since the completion of our new theatre building by Hopkins Architects. It also marks the opening of our new Production Hub on site, designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, Glyndebourne’s biggest capital investment since the rebuilding of the theatre. Our operatic programme includes some of our most ambitious productions to date, with opera’s greatest comedy, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Mozart’s The Magic Flute brought to Glyndebourne for the first time in ten years and a bold new interpretation of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust, brought to life by Richard Jones.

In response, our temporary exhibition space and sculpture programme will reflect this historic moment and we are looking for an artist to interpret the story of Glyndebourne and to celebrate this important milestone in its history. We have called the 2019 visual arts programme, Between Worlds.

We see this Residency as an opportunity for an artist to develop their professional practice, however, we would like the chosen artist to reflect one or more of the following themes during their Residency:

  • Fairy tales and storytelling
  • The fabric of the theatre building – its architecture, materials and physicality
  • Bridging the gap between the old and new

What we are looking for

This Residency is looking for a curious and creative practitioner, who is interested in exploring the connections between the visual arts and music and reflecting on the life of a busy working opera house. We are looking for the Artist in Residence to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Meet the description of an ‘emerging’ artist, that is working full time professionally as a visual artist and not more than 5-10 years out of full time education or training.
  • Working in an art and design discipline and able to produce one or more finished works for exhibition within the Residency.
  • Have access to a studio space or working environment where practical work can be undertaken during the Residency.
  • A demonstrable interest in the relationship between art and music, as evidenced in recent practice, exhibitions or research and ability to use this knowledge in the Residency.
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to speak about artistic practice to different audiences, including the public, Members, school groups, staff and audiences of Glyndebourne.
  • Willingness to commit to pre-arranged site visits, meetings and events between February and December 2019.
  • Willingness to work closely with the Curator, members of the education team and wider Glyndebourne community to support and promote the visual arts both on and offsite.

What we can offer you

  • A fee of £5,000 to include material costs and reimbursement for any reasonable travel costs incurred during the Residency.
  • Monthly meetings with the Curator to discuss ideas and progress, and relevant support in exhibiting work on site.
  • An exhibition or display of work during Glyndebourne’s 2019 Festival and into the the Tour season.
  • Potential commercial contacts and opportunities to sell work following the Residency.
  • Unrivalled backstage access to the opera house, including rehearsals, educational workshops, Production Hub, grounds and Archive.
  • Relevant promotion of your work on Glyndebourne’s digital and printed platforms.


The appointed Artist in Residence will be supported with a fee of £5,000.

This fee will be payable in instalments and should cover the costs incurred for materials and equipment used during the Residency. Reasonable travel costs for attending meetings and events will be reimbursed separately. Please note that this fee will be accountable and should not be used to cover studio bills or additional training.

How to apply for this Residency

If you are interested in applying, please submit an application form, CV and images of your recent work. Documents should be submitted in PDF format to our Curator, Nerissa Taysom – by Friday 4 January 2019. Please use Visual Artist in Residence in the subject line.

We will review all applications and invite successful artists to interview in mid January. We will be unable to give specific feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note that we’re unable to cover travel costs for interviews.

Download application form