Sky Portrait Aritst of the Year 2016 Sky Landscape and Portrait Aritst of the Year 2016

Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2016

Come and watch the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 heats
filmed live this June & July.

Applications are now closed for entries, but we would love you to come along to our Heats and watch the artists take part in this year’s competition. You will also be able to see a gallery of the submitted paintings from this year’s artists.

Standard entry fees into the National trust apply

Scotney Castle, Kent

Heat 1: Tuesday 14th June 2016

Heat 2: Wednesday 15th June 2016

Visit Scotney Castle

Wray Castle, Cumbria

Heat 3: Tuesday 21st June 2016

Heat 4: Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Visit Wray Castle

Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Heat 5: Tuesday 12th July 2016

Heat 6: Wednesday 13th July 2016

Visit Stowe
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Find out more about each competition

Presenters and Judges

Sky Arts of the Year Presentors Joan Bakewell and Brank Skinner

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner will host both competitions, which will be judged by award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan.

Tai Shan Schierenberg

Tai Shan Schierenberg

Competition days are very exciting for us all: from the beautiful locations to the famous sitters and the incredible variety of artists, to the high level of work completed by the end of the heat. Of course it is stressful for competitors, but without exception they all say they've thoroughly enjoyed the intensity of the day, and the opportunity to work alongside fellow artists.

Kate Bryan

Kate Bryan

The art world is a highly respected but sadly largely closed arena. It takes years of dedication, practice, determination and luck to find an audience as a painter. It’s such a thrill to think that these series are able to bulldoze down some of the walls and let new talent burst though.

Kathleen Soriano

Kathleen Soriano

The events themselves are a joyful celebration of art - like multiple art masterclasses all rolled into a day, or like a super-powered souped-up single day at art school. With so many styles, different types of artists and media, such a wide range of ages and an incredible camaraderie between all involved in the day, the atmosphere is always upbeat, energetic and heavy with promise.

Nerine McIntyre

2015 Landscape Winner Nerine McIntyre

Winning the competition has had an amazing impact on my career as an artist. I’m so busy with painting and I have had a lot of commission work as a result of the programme. I also have my first solo exhibition planned for later this year.

Christian Hook

2014 Portrait Winner Christian Hook

This is not a gimmicky programme. There is no humiliation or personal probing, just a real search for talent. Taking part was such a positive experience. It helps you to see the strengths and weaknesses of your own work. Aside from that, it is a really fun day and you are surrounded by like-minded people. This is a programme that is serious about unearthing talent and it gives you an amazing opportunity to get your work noticed by a wider audience.