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Love and Money: Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition now accepting entries

- January 29, 2018

London-based artist, Katie Ponder won last year’s competition. Katie’s winning piece, Deception, was part of an impressive shortlist of original artworks, submitted from 12 different countries.  
Deception (2017) © Katie Ponder

The latest Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition launched Monday 22 January 2018 and invites emerging artists of all ages (16+)  to submit an artwork based on the theme of Love
and Money.

Love and Money are frequently at the heart of the action in opera, including the two works being staged for Glyndebourne Tour 2018. Verdi’s La Traviata sees Violetta sell all her possessions in order to live with her true love Alfredo, while Massenet’s Cendrillon is based on the rags to riches love story of the poor Cinderella, swept off her feet by the dashing (and rich) Prince.

The winning artwork will feature on the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and appear in an exhibition at Glyndebourne this autumn.

Visual arts have always been an integral part of Glyndebourne on and off the stage and this annual competition offers a platform for artists to raise their profile.  This year the age criteria is set at 16 years old plus, with no upper limit, a move recently adopted by amongst others, the prestigious Turner Prize.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: “Since the competition launched, it’s been fantastic to see the number, variety and quality of entries continue to rise. I look forward to seeing this year’s submissions from an even wider range of artists, tackling such an evocative theme.”

The winning artwork will feature on the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme

Artists are invited to submit paintings, drawings, original prints, mixed media, photography and digital pieces (no video or sculpture). Submissions must work both as printed artwork for the programme cover and as an exhibition piece.


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

The closing date for entries is 6 July 2018. Find full terms and conditions, and information on how to enter at

The Glyndebourne Tour was founded in 1968 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, whilst continuing with the dual aims of broadening the reach of opera and providing a platform for young singers.

Glyndebourne Tour 2018 runs from 12 October – 1 December 2018. Following three weeks of performances at Glyndebourne, it visits Canterbury, Woking, Norwich and Milton Keynes.

As part of the prize, the winner will receive four free tickets to a world-class opera production as part of Tour 2018. All shortlisted entrants will also win two free tickets.

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 6 July 2018.
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. The artist must be aged 16 or over on 6 July 2018 and have no more than five years’ experience of showing their work publicly.
8. We accept entries from across the world but please note that we are unable to cover the cost of returning artworks overseas.

About Glyndebourne
Glyndebourne is recognised internationally as one of the great opera houses; a reputation that stems from a passion for artistic excellence encapsulated in founder John Christie’s insistence on doing ‘not the best we can do but the best that can be done anywhere’.

John and his opera singer wife, Audrey Mildmay, founded the Glyndebourne Festival in 1934. In 1968 the Glyndebourne Tour was established to bring opera to new audiences across the country and create opportunities for talented young singers.

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