Set up your easel and stretch your canvas. Sky Arts cracks open a fresh tube of paint to search for two talented artists; a new Landscape Artist of The Year and a new Portrait Artist of The Year.
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.
Landscape Artist of The Year will film at stunning locations around the UK in June and July 2017. Details of these will be released in early 2017. Terms and conditions apply. Please visit Portrait Terms or Landscape Terms for more information
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.