Artist of the Year



Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell


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


Storyvault Films for Sky Arts, 5 November 2013 to present


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. 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 are scheduled to run in both orientations during 2017.


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) TBA

Theme music

Nick Harvey

Web links

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Wikipedia entry


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