Artist of the Year

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Artist of the Year
Also known asPortrait Artist of the Year
Landscape Artist of the Year
Presented by
Judges
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series7
No. of episodes61
Production
Production location(s)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Storyvault Films
Release
Original networkSky Arts
Picture format16:9
Original release5 November 2013 (2013-11-05) –
present (present)
External links
Website

Artist of the Year is a television competition shown on the Sky Arts channel (formerly known as Artsworld and Sky Arts 1) which aims to find the best portrait/landscape painter every year.[1]

Through several rounds of regional competitions in different parts of the UK professional and amateur artists are challenged to produce a portrait/landscape of one of three famous sitters. The winning artist of each round, selected by three judges, advances to the semifinal and then to the final, which are filmed at the National Portrait Gallery. The winner receives a £10,000 commission to paint a famous personality and the picture becomes part of a national gallery. The show is produced by London and Glasgow-based independent production company Storyvault Films. It is presented by the UK TV personalities Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan. Series 1 to 5 were presented by Frank Skinner.

The judges are the British art historian, curator and arts broadcaster Kate Bryan, head of contemporary art at the Fine Art Society, Kathleen Soriano, director of exhibitions at the Royal Academy, and portrait/landscape painter Tai-Shan Schierenberg.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Title
1 5 November 2013 10 December 2013 6 Portrait
2 4 November 2014 23 December 2014 8
3 6 October 2015 1 December 2015 9 Landscape
4 11 October 2016 6 December 2016 9
5 24 January 2017 21 March 2017 9 Portrait
6 18 October 2017 10 December 2017 9 Landscape
7 16 January 2018 27 March 2018 11 Portrait
8 16 October 2018 11 December 2018 9 Landscape
9 12 February 2019 23 April 2019 11 Portrait

Portrait Artist of the Year[edit]

Series 1[edit]

No. in season Sitters Original air date
1 Juliet Stevenson, Robert Lindsay, Alison Steadman 5 November 2013
2 John Hannah, Sophie Turner, Michael Kerr
3 Pauline McLynne, David Rawle, Lethal Bizzle
4 Gavin Henson, Sue Tilley, Simon Weston
5 Sophie Dahl
6 Hilary Mantel

The 2013 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest was won by Nick Lord.

Series 2[edit]

No. in season Sitters Original air date
1 Sol Campbell, John Humphrys, Maisie Williams 4 November 2014
2 Julian Fellowes, Ronni Ancona, Helena Kennedy QC
3 Gary Kemp, Daniela Nardini, Ashley Jensen
4 Non Evans, Ade Adepitan, Greg Davies
5 Jilly Cooper, Melvyn Bragg, Daniel Roche
6 Neil Hannon, Sharon Corr, Colm Meaney
7 Richard Dawkins, Sally Hitchiner
8 Sir Ian McKellen
9 Alan Cumming[2]

The 2014 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest was won by Christian Hook.

Series 3[edit]

No. in season Sitters Original air date
1 Stanley Tucci, Indira Varma, Freddie Highmore 24 January 2017
2 Sue Perkins, Richard E Grant, Nina Sosanya
3 James Norton, Raleigh Ritchie, Lesley Manville
4 Trevor Eve, Parminder Nagra, Ben Okri
5 Rick Wakeman, Dave Myers, Katie Kissoon
6 Adrian Chiles, Siân Phillips, Phil Davis
7 Imelda Staunton
8 Tom Courtenay
9 Graham Norton

The 2017 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest was won by Gareth Reid.

Series 4[edit]

No. in season Sitters Original air date
1 David Tennant, Michaela Coel, James Morrison 16 January 2018
2 Noel Fielding, Reggie Yates, Daphne Selfe 23 January 2018
3 Ross Kemp, Freddie Fox, Vicky McClure 30 January 2018
4 Rachel Hunter, Stefanie Martini, Conleth Hill 6 February 2018
5 Elizabeth McGovern, Fiona Shaw, Kadeena Cox 13 February 2018
6 Kenneth Cranham, Claire Skinner, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù 20 February 2018
7 Michael Ball, Robert Bathurst, Anita Rani 27 February 2018
8 Meera Syal, Sir Derek Jacobi, Kirsty Wark 6 March 2018
9 Lily Cole, Simon Callow 13 March 2018
10 Emeli Sandé 20 March 2018
11 Kim Cattrell 27 March 2018

The 2018 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest was won by Samira Addo.

Series 5[edit]

No. in season Sitters Original air date
1 Andi Oliver, Geraldine James, Matthew Goode 12 February 2019
2 David Gandy, Ashley Walters, Anne Reid 19 February 2019
3 Eddie Hall, Jodie Kidd, James Purefoy 26 February 2019
4 Anna Chancellor, Stephen Graham, Beverley Knight 5 March 2019
5 Georgina Campbell, Mark Gatiss, Tanni Grey-Thompson 12 March 2019
6 Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Adrian Lester, Nitin Sawhney 19 March 2019
7 Angela Griffin, Gina McKee, Jamael Westman 26 March 2019
8 Daniel Lismore, Jodie Comer, Nick Moran 2 April 2019
9 Courtney Pine 9 April 2019
10 Laura Linney 16 April 2019
11 Tom Jones 16 April 2019

The 2019 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest was won by Duncan Shoosmith.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Ellen E. (6 November 2013). "TV Review: Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts 1". The Independent. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Portrait of me by Christian Hook". ALAN CUMMING. Retrieved 2019-04-04.

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