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Monday 25 September 2017

Katie Ponder Wins Glyndebourne's International Tour Art Competition For Young Artists

Now in its fifth year, the Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition invited young visual artists to submit an original work inspired by the theme of Deception, a common thread in all three of the operas in this year's Tour.

Katie Ponder's winning piece, Deception, was part of a shortlist of original artworks, submitted from twelve different countries.

Katie says: "Opera and ballet have been a big inspiration for me. I am fascinated by sets and how performers are choreographed within the set, also the drama, exaggeration and passion that comes with opera and ballet.

"I loved the theme of this year"s competition. Deception brought so many ideas to my mind around masks and being "two faced". 

"I enjoyed exploring the idea of masks being symbolic both for deception as well as referring to the actors in the performance playing a character.  

"I am absolutely delighted to have won this prize and look forward to visiting Glyndebourne in October, to attend the private view and see Il Barbiere di Siviglia.  

"An opera that is so wonderfully appropriate to the theme of the competition and I hope, my  illustration." 

Katie's winning artwork will appear on the cover of all 10,000 copies of the 2017 Glyndebourne Tour Programme. The piece will also be exhibited at Glyndebourne, along with the rest of the shortlist.

The Glyndebourne Tour Programme is the sister publication of the Glyndebourne Festival Programme, a collector's item with an established tradition of featuring cover art by leading  contemporary artists such as  Rachel Kneebone, David Hockney, Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor.

The Glyndebourne Tour Art Competition acts as an opportunity to champion young talent of a different kind by providing a showcase for visual artists.

Gus Christie, Executive Chairman of Glyndebourne, said: 

"Katie Ponder's entry is a beautiful and striking depiction of this year"s Glyndebourne Art Competition theme, "Deception".  

"The visual arts are, and always will be, key to Glyndebourne's artistic ambitions and we are committed to supporting new talent such as this, both on and off the stage."

The 2017 Glyndebourne Tour opens at Glyndebourne on 7th October and visits Canterbury, Woking, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth.  CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley

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