Comic Frank Skinner is leading a TV hunt to find Britain's best portrait artist. Alongside broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell, he will present the series ‘Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year’.
A series of roadshows will be held in Dublin, Cardiff, Glasgow and London over the summer. Artists aged 16 and over, amateur or professional, have been invited to apply. In the heats competitors will be challenged to portray one of three sitters, at least one of whom will be a public figure. It will be judged by portrait artist Tai-Shan Schierenberg and experts from the Royal Academy of Arts and The Fine Art Society. The winner will land a £10,000 commission to paint Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel and all of the finalists in the competition will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery.
James Hunt, channel director of Sky Arts, said of the show: “It seeks to discover and engage with established and undiscovered talent, both on and off screen, and aims to inspire artists of all capabilities across the UK and Ireland.” The six part series will be screened from November.