We’ve all been hooked by the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year series for the past two years. Christian Hook was recently crowned the winner, just a year after the success of Nick Lord. But there’s been some big news for 2015 – this year, instead of a third portrait painter, Sky Arts are searching for the Landscape Artist of the Year!
The Sky Arts Landscape Competition, produced by Storyvault Films, is an evolution of the Portrait Artist of the Year. It's in association with the National Trust to showcase the love and delight that the British countryside has offered artists for so many years.
The popular duo Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell will return to present, and the familiar judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan will also be judging this series.
But what does this mean? It means that everyone’s portrait expectations are on hold. It means that landscape painting as we know it is going to be thrust into the spotlight this year. It means that you could be the first Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, because applications are now open.
The winner will be awarded a £10,000 commission, which will be added to the National Trust's permanent art collection, and a year’s supply of Cass Art materials. So what are you waiting for?
HOW TO APPLY
You can apply on the Sky Arts website here.
You must submit a photograph of one of your landscape paintings, two other artworks that you have made, and a passport photograph.
You have to be over 16 to apply.
Applications close on Friday 20th March at 12 noon.
Just like the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year, the shortlisted artists will be invited to attend one of the series heats.
During the heats the artists will be challenged to produce a timed landscape painting of a beautiful National Trust site, and the judges will choose the winning artist to go through to the semi-final.
The heats will all take place in the stunning British countryside, including:
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April
Trelissick in Cornwall on Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May
Lyme Park in Cheshire on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May
The competition is open to any artist, professional or hobbyist, so take a chance today and enter your landscape piece of choice. Celebrate our beautiful countryside, unleash your inner Turner or prove to everyone how innovative and original landscape can really be. If you engage with landscape in a unique way, this is your time to shine. We wish you luck and can't wait for the series to start!
Apply for the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2015 here.