Almost 1600 artists across the UK have been whittled down to 48 to compete in this year’s Landscape Artist of the Year series, produced by award winning production company Storyvault Films.
The programme airs Tuesday 16th October 2018 on Sky Arts at 8pm and is hosted by new co-presenter - actor and art-lover Stephen Mangan alongside Joan Bakewell. The eight week series culminates in the final on 4th December, which is followed by a programme charting the winners commission for the Imperial War Museum.
The series charts the progress of artists across six heats - three of which are National Trust locations: Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal in Yorkshire; Viking Bay, Broadstairs and Inveraray Castle in Scotland. Each heat was open to a further 50 “wildcard” artists who were invited to compete for a potential place in the semi-final.
The successful artist from each heat then goes through to the Semi-Final at Felixstowe Docks airing on 27th November, and the three chosen artists from there, will then compete in the final in Greenwich Park which airs on 4th December.
This is the fourth series of the show, which is produced by London and Glasgow-based independent production company Storyvault Films. “Landscapes” first aired three years ago following the enormous success of Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Year (PAOTY), also from Storyvault Films, that has captured public imagination since its launch in 2013. LAOTY boasts the titles of “best-performing, non-scripted series of all time” and second-biggest series ever for Sky Arts, with viewing figures growing over the course of the series.
Joan and Stephen are hugely excited to see what this year will bring and Joan says: “It’s always fascinating to watch the artists grow and evolve their style throughout the programme and witness the incredible creativity in their interpretations of beautiful British landscapes – and to witness the debate amongst both the judges and viewers over which artist they believe to be the most worthy winner.”
The judges are artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and independent curators Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano. The show not only highlights the tremendous artistic talent across the country, but also how the beautiful British countryside has inspired past and present generations of artists.
The winner of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 will receive a life changing opportunity for any artist, a prestigious commission from the Imperial War Museum to create an artwork to tie in with the centenary of the 1918 armistice. He or she will travel along with an IWM historian to Macedonia, to visit one of the most unchanged battlefields of the campaign, the site of a significant defeat where British and Irish soldiers lost their lives. The finished work will be unveiled at the museums London HQ and enter the IWM’s collection to be put on display in the museum.
Storyvault Films are producing a further programme charting the winning artists journey to Macedonian and the creation of the IWM commissioned work, due to be aired after the final programme on Tuesday 4th December 2018.
Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 starts on Sky Arts from Tuesday 16th October 2018 and will be available on Demand Catch-up.