A central part of the Glyndebourne experience is encountering contemporary art within our grounds , whether visiting Gallery 94 next to the auditorium or discovering extraordinary sculpture in our gardens.

This summer, in response to the challenges of Covid-19, we launched Gallery 94’s first virtual group exhibition, showcasing work across the festival season. At its core, this exhibition showcased new works by eleven women artists, each selected for their contribution to contemporary practice in painting, printmaking and ceramics. Among the list were Royal Drawing School graduate Kathryn Maple, highly acclaimed Lewes ceramicist Tanya Gomez and Katie Sollohub, recent winner of the Derwent Drawing Prize. The exhibition also featured paintings by regular Glyndebourne artists including Tom Homewood, Julian Sutherland-Beatson and Paul Evans. The majority of this summer’s artists will return for Festival 2021 in an exhibition called ‘Forces of Nature’.

The Rake's Progress Collection by David Hockney
Mono Lake (Detail) by Kathryn Maple
The Rake's Progress Collection by David Hockney
Snowdrops at Glyndebourne by Katie Sollohub

Building on the enormous success of this exhibition, Gallery 94 will launch its first Winter online exhibition, FAIR GROUND, on Saturday 30 October to Glyndebourne Members and opening to the public on Monday 2 November. Celebrating the best of contemporary art in Sussex, this exhibition will feature more than 60 works by artists living and working in the county: Sophie Abbott, Rebecca Blair, Nick Bodimeade, Louise Body, Nick Bush, Nick Carrick, Graham Dean, Alej Ez, Linda Felcey, Neil Giles, Tom Homewood, Rosie Lascelles, Tim Patrick, Richard Pelling, Julian Sutherland-Beatson and Agnes Treherne. A selection of prints, drawings and paintings will also be available by Laura Andrews and Polly Baker, recent participants in the Education Department’s yearly Teacher Artist scheme, supporting Art PGCE teachers from the University of Brighton to complete an on-site residency at Glyndebourne. The exhibition has been named after Rudyard Kipling’s famous 1902 poem ‘Sussex’.

The Rake's Progress Collection by David Hockney
Akiko & Akiko by Neil Giles
The Rake's Progress Collection by David Hockney
Forest End by Richard Pelling

Along with the prominence of our Glyndebourne virtual art exhibitions, we like to curate our Shop offering with beautiful artist inspired gifts. Whilst the treasured production of The Rake’s Progress was sadly not seen on the Glyndebourne stage this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shop developed a collection to celebrate the original David Hockney designs from the 1975 Glyndebourne production.

The Rake's Progress Collection by David Hockney

Inspired by an original recording conducted by Igor Stravinsky and William Hogarth's series of eight paintings and engravings of the same name, Hockney began designing the set and costumes for the Glyndebourne production of The Rake's Progress. Through his designs and the use of his now iconic cross-hatched etchings, he wanted to create a 20th century equivalent to Hogarth and Stravinsky's 18th century idea. The Rake’s Progress Collection by David Hockney includes gifts for the home, stationery and fine bone china items made by Halcyon Days; the British retailer that holds all three Royal Warrants, as suppliers of objets d’art.

The Rake's Progress Collection by David Hockney

Along with Glyndebourne’s virtual Winter exhibition, our David Hockney Collection is available to buy at glyndebourneshop.com


Discover Glyndebourne's David Hockney Collection

  • Bedlam Cufflinks by David Hockney
    Embroidered Joseph Coat
    The Rake's Progress Homeware by David Hockney
    Black & Taupe Ikat Coat
    Drop Curtain Lidded Candle by David Hockney
    Wildflower Scarf
    The Rake's Progress Mugs by David Hockney
    Orange Silk Scarf
  • Drop Curtain Trinket Box by David Hockney
    Black Ikat Coat
    Baba The Turk Poster by David Hockney
    Turquoise Ikat Coat
    Drop Curtain A4 Sketchbook by David Hockney
    Cream Chevron Weave Scarf
    Lustometer Greetings Card by David Hockney
    Rose Pink Silk Scarf

Whilst this treasured production won’t be seen on the Glyndebourne stage this year, this collection is now available at glyndebourneshop.com