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Portrait Artist of the Year 2014

Following the enormous success of the first series, Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner returned with our esteemed judges to search across the UK and Ireland for a new star of the art world, whether amateur, professional or hobbyist.

The Competition

Six regional heats took place in London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Cardiff where shortlisted artists were challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters. At the end of each round the judges selected an artist to go through to the semi-final.

The winners from the heats then take part in more extraordinary portrait challenges, including painting multi-award-winning actor Sir Ian McKellen, before the grand final at the National Portrait Gallery.

The Famous Sitters

Famous sitters painted in the regional rounds included: Sol Campbell, Maisie Williams, John Humphries, Julian Fellowes, Roni Ancona, Helena Kennedy QC, Daniela Nardini, Gary Kemp, Ashley Jensen, Jilly Cooper, Melvyn Bragg, Daniel Roche, Neil Hannon, Sharon Corr, Colm Meaney, Non Evans, Greg Davies and Ade Apetan.

The Prizes

The four finalists see their work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery for a month and the winner is awarded a £10,000 major commission for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

This prize commission then becomes part of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's permanent art collection. The winner also receives a year's supply of materials courtesy of leading art supplier, Cass Art.

The Winner

Click this way to see who won Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, and get an exclusive preview of the special winner's episode where ​the winner painted actor Alan Cumming >>

The Judges

Tai Shan Schierenberg - Award-winning portrait artist

Kathleen Soriano - Former Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the National Portrait Gallery

Kate Bryan - Head of Contemporary at the Fine Art Society


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