Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2019

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Sky Portrait Artist of the Year is a television competition shown on the Sky Arts channel (formerly known as Artsworld and Sky Arts 1) which aims to find the best portrait painter every year.

Through several rounds at The Wallace Collection in London, professional and amateur artists are challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters. The winning artist of each round, selected by three judges, advances to the semifinal and then to the final, which are filmed at the National Portrait Gallery. The winner receives a £10,000 commission to paint a famous personality and the picture becomes part of a national gallery. The show is produced by London and Glasgow-based independent production company Storyvault Films. It is presented by the UK TV personalities Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan.

The judges are the British art historian, curator and arts broadcaster Kate Bryan, head of contemporary art at the Fine Art Society, Kathleen Soriano, director of exhibitions at the Royal Academy, and portrait/landscape painter Tai-Shan Schierenberg.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSky Arts channel
PublisherStoryvault films for Sky Arts
EditionSeason 5 Ep 7
Media of outputFilm
Size1 hr TV program
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019


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