Artist of the Year

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In the latest union of high and low culture, art critic Joan Bakewell and football fan Frank Skinner combine forces to find the best portrait painter in the country. The prize is £10,000, and a commission to paint the author Hilary Mantel for permanent display in the British Library.
In the latest union of high and low culture, art critic Joan Bakewell and football fan Frank Skinner combine forces to find the best portrait painter in the country. The prize is £10,000, and a commission to paint the author Hilary Mantel for permanent display in the British Library.
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Heats took place in a travelling marquee, with competitors depicting various celebrities who could sit still for four hours. The best artist in each heat went to Paris for mentoring, before producing a piece for the final.
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Heats took place in a travelling marquee, with competitors depicting various celebrities who could sit still for four hours. Any 2D medium was acceptable, and indeed a lot of the interest lay in having contestants working in (for example) pastels, watercolour and pencil all up against each other. The best artist in each heat went to Paris for mentoring, before producing a piece for the final.
After two years in the portrait shape, Sky rotated the canvas to produce Landscape Artist of the Year. Competitions ran in both orientations from 2017. Channel 4 bought the series in 2019, as part of a wider content-sharing deal with Sky.
After two years in the portrait shape, Sky rotated the canvas to produce Landscape Artist of the Year. Competitions ran in both orientations from 2017. Channel 4 bought the series in 2019, as part of a wider content-sharing deal with Sky.
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The 2020 [[Impact of COVID-19|COVID-19 pandemic]] resulted in a few changes, with that year's second ''Portrait'' series being socially-distanced, audience-free, and with Stephen Mangan hosting solo as 87-year-old Joan Bakewell was shielding. Bakewell fronted the audience-participation spin-off ''Portrait Artist of the Week'' from home, and was still able to join Mangan for the ''Landscape'' series as it is (of course) filmed almost entirely out of doors.
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The 2020 [[Impact of COVID-19|COVID-19 pandemic]] resulted in a few changes, with that year's second ''Portrait'' series being socially-distanced, audience-free, and with Stephen Mangan hosting solo as 87-year-old Joan Bakewell was shielding. Bakewell fronted the audience-participation spin-off ''Portrait Artist of the Week'' (a sitting livestreamed on Facebook with Sky Arts joining in for the last hour, after which viewers can submit their handiwork with a winner declared the following week) from home, and was still able to join Mangan for the ''Landscape'' series as it is, naturally, filmed almost entirely out of doors.
== Champions ==
== Champions ==

Current revision as of 14:03, 6 March 2021

Contents

Host

Joan Bakewell (2013-2020, 2021-)

Frank Skinner (2013-2018)

Stephen Mangan (2018-)

Co-hosts

Judges: Kate Bryan, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano

Broadcast

Storyvault Films for Sky Arts, 5 November 2013 to present

Portrait Artist of the Week, Facebook Live and Sky Arts, 2020 to present

Synopsis

In the latest union of high and low culture, art critic Joan Bakewell and football fan Frank Skinner combine forces to find the best portrait painter in the country. The prize is £10,000, and a commission to paint the author Hilary Mantel for permanent display in the British Library.

Heats took place in a travelling marquee, with competitors depicting various celebrities who could sit still for four hours. Any 2D medium was acceptable, and indeed a lot of the interest lay in having contestants working in (for example) pastels, watercolour and pencil all up against each other. The best artist in each heat went to Paris for mentoring, before producing a piece for the final.

After two years in the portrait shape, Sky rotated the canvas to produce Landscape Artist of the Year. Competitions ran in both orientations from 2017. Channel 4 bought the series in 2019, as part of a wider content-sharing deal with Sky.

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a few changes, with that year's second Portrait series being socially-distanced, audience-free, and with Stephen Mangan hosting solo as 87-year-old Joan Bakewell was shielding. Bakewell fronted the audience-participation spin-off Portrait Artist of the Week (a sitting livestreamed on Facebook with Sky Arts joining in for the last hour, after which viewers can submit their handiwork with a winner declared the following week) from home, and was still able to join Mangan for the Landscape series as it is, naturally, filmed almost entirely out of doors.

Champions

2013 (Portrait) Nick Lord
2014 (Portrait) Christian Hook
2015 (Landscape) Nerine Tassie
2016 (Landscape) Richard Allen
2017 (Portrait) Gareth Reid
2017 (Landscape) Tom Voyce
2018 (Portrait) Samira Addo
2018 (Landscape) Jen Gash
2019 (Portrait) Duncan Shoosmith
2019 (Landscape) Fujiko Rose
2020 (Portrait, March) Christabel Blackburn
2020 (Portrait, December) Curtis Holder
2021 (Landscape) Ophelia Redpath

Theme music

Nick Harvey

Web links

Official site

Wikipedia entry

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