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Thursday 18 November 2021

Glyndebourne To Host Free Art Open Day To View Contemporary Works Of Art By Sussex Artists

Glyndebourne's annual showcase of Sussex-based artists, Fair Ground I, is taking place as a physical exhibition for the first time. 
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To celebrate, Glyndebourne is hosting a free Art Open Day on Sunday 21st November for people to view the exhibition in person. 

Featuring 32 new works by artists from across Sussex, this year's exhibition focuses on contemporary painting, from vivid and lyrical landscapes to works about the physicality of painting, the application of paint, mark-making, movement, colour and light.

Nerissa Taysom, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at Glyndebourne said: 

"Fair Ground I, showcases the immense creative talent of artists on our doorstep. 

"This year, each artist has been selected for their radically different approaches to contemporary painting and treatment of subjects through colour, form, light and scale. 

"Works shift from quiet observation and representation to allegorical and abstract forms. 

"We hope these works delight, intrigue and encourage viewers to view contemporary painting with fresh eyes. 

"We are particularly excited to be launching our first free Art Open Day on 21 November and hope this opportunity allows visitors, perhaps for the first time, to explore the diversity and breadth of our art and collections programme.'

The visual arts have been an integral part of the Glyndebourne experience since the inception of its annual summer opera festival in 1934. 

It now regularly curates exhibitions of contemporary art and sculpture, as well as material from Glyndebourne"s extensive collections. 

The title Fair Ground I references Rudyard Kipling's famous 1902 poem Sussex. 

The exhibition concept was first launched in 2020 as an online event and in response to artists losing exhibition opportunities because of the COVID 19 pandemic. 

The 2021 exhibition will be presented online and on-site at Glyndebourne in Gallery 94 and Nether Wallop, one of Glyndebourne's on-site restaurants. 

Glyndebourne's first Art Open Day will take place on Sunday 21 November, offering free access to the public to visit the exhibition. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance on the Glyndebourne website: Fair Ground I will launch online on 15 November at

by: Mike Cobley


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