2019 Tour Art Competition

About the competition

Visual arts have always been an integral part of Glyndebourne on and off the stage and the annual Tour Art Competition, which has been running since 2013, offers a platform for new artists to raise their profile. 2019’s Tour Art Competition challenges new artists to submit an artwork based on the theme of ‘Lost and Found’.

New artists, aged 16+ with less than five years experience of showing their work are invited to submit one artwork by 5 July 2019. A panel of judges will consider the creativity and technical execution of the artworks and how well each piece interprets the brief, before selecting a shortlist and the eventual winning entry.

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, at Glyndebourne this autumn.

As part of the prize, the winner will receive four free tickets to a world-class opera production at Glyndebourne during the Tour 2019. All shortlisted entrants will also win two free tickets.​


Lost and Found: our theme for 2019

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Lost and Found’, a common thread in the three operas on tour in 2019. In Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, the Duke’s jester loses his innocent daughter Gilda to his master, and his revenge leads to tragic results. The hero of Handel’s Rinaldo must come to the rescue of his beloved Almirena who has been kidnapped by a wicked sorceress. In Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Nemorino is losing in his fight for Adina’s affections against his rival, the dashing soldier Belcore, until a magic love potion offers hope.


Previous winners

London-based artist, Sam Creasey, won 2018’s competition. Sam’s winning piece, For Love Nor Money, was part of an impressive shortlist of original artworks, submitted from 18 different countries, and selected by an esteemed panel of judges: Glyndebourne Executive Chairman Gus Christie, Glyndebourne Trustee Lord Davies of Abersoch and Royal Academician Eileen Cooper.

For Love nor Money © Sam Creasey

Illustrator Katie Ponder won 2017’s competition with her piece Deception, and Katie has continued to work with Glyndebourne, going on to design the artwork for 2019’s community opera Agreed.

Deception (2017) © Katie Ponder

22 year-old Dora Hill from Penrith in Cumbria won the competition in 2016 with Nailed, her beautifully intricate paper artwork inspired by our production of Madama Butterfly.

Nailed © Dora Hill


Enter the Tour Art Competition 2019 here


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Terms and conditions

1. Only one artwork per applicant can be submitted.


2. All submitted work must be created by and be the property of the artist entering the competition.


3. The winning cover art will remain the property of the artist and is exclusively licensed to Glyndebourne for use in perpetuity in all forms and all media whether now known or hereinafter invented in all territories throughout the world for any activity related to the Glyndebourne Tour.


4. The deadline for submitted work is by 11.59pm on 5 July 2019.


5. All work submitted must be available for sale, exhibition, advertising and online postings across Glyndebourne’s channels (e.g. website, email, social media).


6. The winning artist must be available for at least two press interviews following the judging process.


7. We accept entries from across the world but please note that we are unable to cover the costs of collecting or returning artworks to entrants.


8. By submitting this entry form you give your permission for Glyndebourne to contact you about the competition.


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