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Sky Announce Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Competition

Following on from the massive success of Sky Art's reality programme 'Portrait Artist of the Year', Sky have announced that they've developed a new programme for 2015 - Landscape Artist of the Year. The series, which is produced by Storyvault Films is going to be filmed in conjunction with the National Trust and will shine a light on Britain's astonishing scenery as well as some of its more talented artists. The series was partly inspired by viewer suggestions via Facebook, Twitter and through the free Sky customer services number.

The series, which retains the popular presenting duo of Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell, will go on a search to find a new star of landscape painting. Along for the ride are expert judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan who will cast their experienced eye over the artwork, looking for ingenuity, talent and raw beauty in the works produced by potential contestants. Applications are now open for those of you who are artistically inclined and the lucky few who work their way into the painting heats will be painting at stunning National Trust locations in Buckinghamshire, Cheshire and Cornwall. From there, a series of challenges will have artists travelling up and down the country, capturing the beauty they see and hopefully capturing the £10,000 prize and earning a place in the National Trust's permanent collection.

On the reveal of Landscape Artist, Joan Bakewell, presenter on the programme stated: “Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year is a really exciting venture.  We all had such a fantastic time making Portrait Artist of the Year that I knew I wanted to be part of this thrilling development of the idea:  At once I thought of all the varied and much-loved English landscapes and how they had inspired Turner, Constable and Gainsborough.  I jumped at the chance to present the series again:  it’s such a pleasure to meet gifted artists and watch how their work grows. Once again we’ll be on the lookout for outstanding talent: and I’m sure we’ll find it."

Phillip Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts said:“I can’t wait to turn the portrait canvas on its side and see a whole host of talented artists’ works of art come to life in this new Sky Arts series. As Portrait Artist of the Year showed, the UK and Ireland is brimming with artistic talent and I’m delighted that for this version of the show The National Trust are inviting us into their locations to show-off the best of the British and Irish countryside for our budding artists to capture on canvas.”

Sharing the delight of his colleagues at Sky, National Trust director of Communications and Content commented: “We’re delighted to be involved in Landscape Artist of the Year. People have a deep emotional connection with our beautiful countryside. The richness and the diversity of landscapes have inspired the extraordinary tradition of British landscape painting. We’re looking forward to seeing how today’s artists will respond to these stunning locations and the exciting new works they produce.”

Sky would like to remind potential applicants that the way to apply is through their website and not the Sky number free and that the competition proper will begin in Spring and run through Summer, with broadcast happening before the end of the year. Applicants must be aged over 16.

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