PLUS entries are now open for Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2018. Below is a summary of:
- the new series of Portrait Artist of the Year 2017
- what you have to do enter Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 - before the deadline of 3rd March - for filming in April
- how the competition works
Portrait Artist of the Year 2017
There are nine episodes in total in the 2017 series. The first episode is being transmitted at 8pm tonight (Tuesday, January 24th 2017) on Sky Arts and on demand.
Sky Arts got hundreds of entries which were reduced down to just 54 artists (9 per heat).
Sitters for the third series of this show include
- first episode: Stanley Tucci, Indira Varma and Freddie Highmore.
- subsequent weeks: Richard E Grant, Sue Perkins, Rick Wakeman, Nina Sosanya, Phil Davis, Trevor Eve, Lesley Manville, Sian Phillips, Adrian Chiles, Katie Kissoon, Dave Myers, Raleigh Ritchie, Parminder Nagra, Ben Okri and James Norton.
- Semi-Final (week 7): Imelda Staunton
- Final (week): Tom Courtenay. The winner is awarded a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait of a very well known celebrity, which will be displayed in the National Gallery of Ireland.
- The Commmission (week 9): The prize portrait commission for the winning artist was revealed on New Year’s Eve as television presenter and comedian Graham Norton.
The programmes are presented by Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell - with the latter being a leading figure in the arts for nearly six decades.
Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell return as the presenters of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017
The portrait paintings are judged as previously by
The Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2017 Winners Exhibition can be viewed at the Wallace Collection in Manchester Square in London between Tuesday 7th March, 2017 - Friday 31st March, 2017.
Portrait Artist of the Year 2018
Portrait Artist of the Year 2018 will be awarded a £10,000 commission and £500 to spend on art materials at Cass Art.
The deadline for Applications for Portrait Artist of the Year closes on 3rd March 2017.
There is a page of terms and conditions and entry is online
Who can enter
The Competition is open to all artists – amateur, professional or hobbyists - but there are some restrictions.