Competition to design Glyndebourne Tour programme cover

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Glyndebourne has launched its first national art competition, inviting talented and aspiring young artists from across the UK to design the cover of its 2013 Tour Programme.

The winning artist will see their artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and be exhibited at Glyndebourne and participating gallery spaces this autumn.

The opera house is inviting young and emerging artists to submit artwork inspired by one of the three operas in the 2013 Tour repertoire: Hänsel and Gretel, L’elisir d’amore and The Rape of Lucretia. The three operas will be performed at seven venues across the country from October to December.

The Glyndebourne Tour Programme is the sister publication of the Glyndebourne Festival Programme, a collector’s item that is well-known for its contemporary front covers. Recent cover artists include Grayson Perry, David Hockney and Anish Kapoor.

Since the advent of the Tour in 1968, Glyndebourne has sought to broaden the reach of opera, bringing the art form to new audiences every autumn as it takes three productions on the road. The inaugural Glyndebourne Tour Programme cover competition will extend the reach of opera once again and act as an opportunity to champion young and emerging artistic talent of a different kind.

The winning artist will be announced in July following the decision of a specially convened panel of judges.

Young artists are invited to submit paintings, drawings, original prints, mixed media, photography and digital pieces for the competition. Pieces must work on two levels – as the Glyndebourne Tour Programme cover and as an exhibition piece hung for display.

The competition is free to enter and is open to anyone aged above 18 and under 30 on June 30. For full entry criteria and online registration go to glyndebourne.com/tourart