Winners named in Glyndebourne art competition


Glyndebourne opera house has announced the winners of its 2014 Tour Art Competition.

Febby Mpundu, a 20 year old Zambian born artist studying Fine Arts at Oxford Brookes University secured first place. Febby impressed the judges with the moody fluidity of the ​​photographic image she created, taking inspiration from La Traviata’s tragic heroine Violetta.

​​​​​​Febby said: “I feel honoured to win and think it is great that Glyndebourne encourage young, new artists in this way. I like my work to reflect a person’s character through colour or motion and I enjoy creating portraits that focus on expression and the features of an individual. A single face has a great way of captivating attention.”

Febby will see her artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour programme.

Svitlana Biedarieva, 26, secured second place. She was born in Ukraine and is a London-based artist currently working on her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Svitlana’s work incorporates the idea of touring opera across the country. As well as exhibiting work in the UK, Svitlana has also been involved in exhibitions in Germany, Mexico, Estonia, Ukraine and Finland. Falmouth University graduate Alex Jabore secured third place in the competition. Alex, 27, has a degree in Fine Art and specialises in traditional oil painting. Alex is London-based and is passionate about opera. Her work entitled ‘The Finale’ focuses on Violetta’s death and its tragic finality. The judges included Gus Christie (Chairman of Glyndebourne), Lord Davies of Abersoch and Ros Roscoe.