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 emerging artists to raise their profile. 2018’s Tour Art Competition challenges emerging artists to submit an artwork based on the theme of ‘Love and Money’.

Emerging artists, aged 16+ with less than five years experience of showing their work are invited to submit one artwork by 6 July 2018. 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, Woking, Norwich and Milton Keynes. 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 2018. All shortlisted entrants will also win two free tickets.​

Love and Money: our theme for 2018

The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Love and Money’, a common thread in the operas on tour in 2018. Cendrillon is the classic fairy tale love story of poor Cinderella being swept off her feet by the dashing (and rich) Prince. In La traviata Violetta gives up her wealthy lover, the Baron, in order to pursue her relationship with the penniless Alfredo.

Previous winners

London-based artist, Katie Ponder last year’s competition. Katie’s winning piece, Deception, was part of an impressive shortlist of original artworks, submitted from 12 different countries, and selected by an esteemed panel of judges: Glyndebourne Executive Chairman Gus Christie, Glyndebourne trustee Mervyn Davies and this summer’s White Cube at Glyndebourne Artist-in-Residence Rachel Kneebone.

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

A fine art student, 20 year-old Yin Ching Tung, impressed the judges with her energetic vitality, raw graphic style and mesmerising undertones of the work of Francis Bacon. She won the competition in 2015.

Struggles of Vanity © Yin Ching Tung