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Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2017: Applications Now Open

Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2017: Applications Now Open
Do you have what it takes to be crowned Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2017?

Dust off your easels, stretch your canvas and stock up on your must-have materials – Sky Arts has once again begun the search for their next Artist of the Year. 

Whether you’re a master of portraiture or a pro at plein air, submit your works for a chance of winning a £10,000 commission and £500 worth of art materials from Cass Art.

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner return to host both competitions this year, alongside award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, art historian Kate Bryan and independent curator Kathleen Soriano.

“It was such a fun experience taking part in the programme. Everyone is good company and there was a buzz of excitement on each filming day!” says Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 semi-finalist Kim Whitby. “The programme focusses so much on the authentic production of each artist, whether your work gets selected or noticed it is incredibly encouraging.”

The applications for both Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 and Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 are now open. Explore our artist interviews and top tips, as well as how to apply to each competition below.

 

SKY ARTS LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017



APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 28 APRIL - ENTER HERE

Back for its third consecutive year, artists’ are on the clock to capture a series of serene and treasured landscapes throughout the British Countryside.

“Having my work recognised by the judges was enormously gratifying,” says 2016 Winner Richard Allen. “Painting has been a solitary activity for me and being able to articulate my process and talk about art in general with the judges - all of whom are insightful and generous-spirited - was lovely. Frank, Joan and the production crew were all wonderful. The thrill of winning was, naturally, the best bit of the day!” Read our interview with Richard Allen here.

To apply for Landscape Artist of the Year, take a photograph of your strongest piece which best showcases your approach to capturing a landscape. You may then submit an additional landscape as well as an optional third piece, which can showcase your broader talents outside of the landscape. 

Top Tips:

• All photographs must be in JPEG format, no less than 800MB and no larger than 1.5MB

• Take the photograph straight on, excluding the frame in a naturally lit space

• You must submit a passport photograph alongside your submission 

• You may only enter once, so give it your best shot!

Finalists' Advice

“I would say, firstly, that it’s really important to think about what you can produce in 4 hours,” says Gregor Henderson, semi-finalist of Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. “I'd also say don't try something quirky or gimmicky to try and stand out - just concentrate on what you're good at and work hard to let that show. Other than that, just go for it!”

Read more about Gregor Henderson’s experience on the show in our exclusive interview, here.

“If you are not an experienced outdoor artist you WILL need to practice!” says semi-finalist and wild-card heat winner Kim Whitby. “There are any number of practicalities you will overlook when you first head out to work outdoors, which you can correct with experience.”

Read more about Kim Whitby’s experience on the show in our exclusive interview, here.

  

SKY ARTS PORTRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2018



APPLICATIONS CLOSE 3 MARCH 2017 - ENTER HERE

As the long awaited return of Portrait Artist of the Year returns to our screens in early 2017, what better inspiration to apply to be a part of the next series. Since the launch of the series in 2013, we have seen a breadth of approaches to capturing the famous faces sitting for the competition at the Wallace Collect. 

To apply for Portrait Artist of the Year, take a photograph of your strongest piece which best showcases how your convey the people in your portraits. Think about how their sense of character and personaility comes to life, and don't shy away from submitting a self portrait. 

Top Tips:

• All photographs must be in JPEG format, no less than 800MB and no larger than 1.5MB

• Take the photograph straight on, excluding the frame in a naturally lit space. The judges will be viewing the artists’ submissions on screen, so bear this in mind when choosing how to showcase the texture, colour and size of your work. Find out more about how to photograph your work for the competition here.

• You must submit a passport photograph alongside your submission 

• You may only enter once, so give it your best shot!

Finalist’s Advice

“There were some great professional artists competing, all at the top of their game, which makes winning even more special.” says 2015 winner Christian Hook. “”It gave me the chance to interact with other artists, and Storyvault, the production company for the competition, really emphasised the art itself – which I thought was brilliant.”

Read our exclusive winner’s interview with Christian Hook, here.

Watch our Panel Discussion at the Cass Art Islington Flagship in 2014, as the judges and artists discuss their experience on Portrait Artist of the Year.


GO BEHIND THE SCENES AT SKY ARTS


Want to watch the artists create their work before anyone else? Go behind the scenes of the Portrait and Landscape heats, open to the public on the following dates in 2017:

Portrait Artist of the Year

Wednesday 5th April, Thursday 6th April and Friday 7th April

Monday 10th April, Tuesday 11th April and Wednesday 12th April

Please note, that Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 will be aired in January 2017. The heats above are for Portrait Artist of the Year 2018.

Landscape Artist of the Year will be filmed in various locations across the UK throughout June and July 2017. The dates will be released in early 2017 - Watch this space!