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Sky Arts Artist of the Year: Applications Now Open

Sky Arts Artist of the Year: 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.

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 2018 - 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 2018 - ENTER HERE

For Landscape artist of the Year, 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.

“It's been great fun with all of the film crew, meeting all of the other outstanding artists and pitting yourself against the best. A highlight for me was getting great feedback from the judges who of course know their stuff, and overall just the opportunity to really grow as an artist. I have learnt so so much about my style, but also about myself as an individual.” Tom Voyce, winner of Landscape Artist of the Year 2017. Read our exclusive interview with Tom 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!

"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 from Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, 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. 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.