Prepare to embark on a visual journey across the United Kingdom as Sky Arts launches the latest edition of Landscape Artist of the Year on January 10, 2024. Hosted solo by Stephen Mangan, the series resumes its quest to unearth the next star of landscape painting, following Dame Joan Bakewell's departure from Portrait Artist of the Year.
This season promises a fresh cohort of talented landscape artists who will explore remarkable locations, capturing the essence of each place with their brushes and palettes. From the medieval cliff-top grounds of Dunnottar Castle to the childhood home of Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle, and the picturesque Stonehaven harbor, the artists face Herculean tasks in painting these iconic landscapes.
The journey doesn't stop there; the artists also set up their easels in Liverpool, portraying the vibrant Liverpool Docks and the awe-inspiring Liverpool Three Graces. The semi-finalists tackle the unique challenge of capturing the historical and scenic Buckler's Hard New Forest, while the finalists are transported to the top of the Royal Opera House at night to paint Covent Garden in the heart of London's West End.
In each heat, eight artists select their preferred medium to create plein air paintings in just four hours, aiming for the coveted title of Landscape Artist of the Year. Renowned judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano, and Kate Bryan closely assess their progress, determining who advances to the semi-final.
Adding an exciting twist, 50 wildcard entrants—enthusiastic amateur artists who didn't make the official contestant list—compete for a chance to impress the judges. One wildcard artist is nominated each week to advance to the semi-final, joining the heat winners in their quest for glory.
The competition reaches its climax in the semi-final, where the eight heat winners and the best wildcard artist vie for a spot in the final. The ultimate Landscape Artist of the Year will secure a £10,000 commission from the Science Museum, creating an artwork inspired by Orkney that highlights the islands' pioneering role in sustainable energy.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, expresses the joy of witnessing the beauty of the country captured by these talented artists. He describes the show as a "relaxing, life-affirming, and all-around lovely TV experience," offering viewers a therapeutic dose of mental medicine.
Don't miss the breathtaking landscapes and the artistic talent on display when Landscape Artist of the Year returns to Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 36, and NOW streaming service on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.