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Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2018: Applications Now Open

Sky Arts Artist of the Year 2018: Applications Now Open
Assemble 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.

Alongside award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, art historian Kate Bryan and independent curator Kathleen Soriano, Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner return to host both competitions this year, injecting wit and arty observation to every episode.

“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.” Read Kim Whitby's exclusive interview.

The applications for both Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 and Portrait Artist of the Year 2019 are now open. Explore our artist interviews and top tips, as well as how to apply to each competition below.

 

SKY ARTS PORTRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2019



APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 16th MARCH 2017 - ENTER HERE

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 Collection. 

"I was nervous in the lead up because you’re not sure about the imponderables, like who the sitter is going to be, what angle you’re going to get etc. but as soon as the drawing started I relaxed and was able to focus on the work." says Gareth Reid, winner of Portrait Artist of the Year 2017. "Of course, the other artists and the crew are all so lovely that it’s a joy to take part in. Stressful, exciting, exhausting and pure fun – to sum it up!"

Read Gareth's Exclusive Winning Interview and find out more about his journey to the final with his Heat Winning Interview.

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

  

SKY ARTS LANDSCAPE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2018



APPLICATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 11th MAY - ENTER HERE

Back on our screens this autumn, artists are on the clock to capture a series of serene and treasured landscapes throughout the UK. From beautiful bays to industrial sites, the competition has twisted our perception of a landscape this year.

“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.

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!

"I learnt that I so greatly admire the art of documentary and film-making. The work it takes for a production studio to bring together writers, editors, photographers, and lighting-experts and to make a show – it’s mind-boggling and amazing." says Heat 1 Winner Fadi Mikhail. Kicking off the new series, Read Fadi Mikhail's Exclusive Interview.

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

“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

KEEP UP WITH THE CONVERSATION


Gain a behind the scenes insight with our series of exclusive interviews, as we find out more about the artist's practice and experience on the show. Plus, as we kickstart the new series of Landscape Artist of the Year 2017, we'll be bringing you the latest, exclusive heat-winning interview, every Wednesday evening from 9pm.

Explore more work by the heat winning artists, past and present, with our series of exclusive interviews on the Cass Art Blog: Landscape Interviews and Portrait Interviews

Join in the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and share your thoughts as we count down to the final.