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Landscape Artist of the Year 2017

This year’s Landscape Artist of the Year offers you the chance to win a £10,000 commission for a British institution’s permanent collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. Landscape Artist of The Year will film at stunning locations around the UK.

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Applications for Landscape Artist of the Year will close on 28th April 2017.
Terms and conditions apply. Please visit Landscape Terms for more information

What are the judges looking for?


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I am going to want to see great technical ability combined with an eye for the unusual. I want the works to speak to me about the future development of art and not simply be confident pastiches riffing on the great artists of the past. Also, think about reflecting the realities of the urban world in which we live today, in landscape form. Think too about the potential meanings within landscape and how that might be represented in your work, so that I am seeing so much more than just an accurate and proficient rendition of a 'view’.


Landscape painting is quite an abstract undertaking and l love work that explores those possibilities as extremely as possible, all the while responding to and capturing something of the day spent working outdoors. We’ve found in the past that contestants who have given the four hour time limit some thought, by practising painting within that time frame, do particularly well on the day of the competition.

Previous Entrants

Hester Berry

Taking part in the competition has really raised my profile. I've made many sales and been offered teaching jobs and commissions as a result. For those thinking about applying this year, I’d say submit a piece you're really happy with that best reflects your practice and something you can readily talk about.

Jamie Hageman

Mixing with other artists got me studying their work and I was inspired by much of what I saw. The judges' comments were spot on, and although I didn't like to hear negative feedback at the time, their advice has helped me to think about how others perceive my work, and how my painting style changed when forced to cram everything into four hours.

Adebanji Alade

I really loved the whole experience of taking part in the competition. Meeting the other artists was great and finding out how they were getting on during the break was nice. I also loved discovering somewhere new to paint. I had never been to Lyme Park before, this competition got me there and I simply loved the place. The most interesting part was the tension and excitement and mixed feelings at the end when the winner was chosen. My advice for anyone taking part this year is just to be comfortable and have fun!

Nerine McIntyre: Advice for Artists

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The judges will view artists’ submissions on a screen so we’re keen for all photos to have the maximum impact and do the paintings justice. Follow these simple steps to take the best photograph of your self-portrait or landscape.

If you would like to watch Landscape Artist of the Year being filmed, keep an eye Sky Arts’ Twitter account and Facebook page for dates and locations.