What's next for Portrait Artist of the Year?
The Portrait Artist competition has evolved into a new series for 2015: Landscape Artist of the Year.
Our popular presenting duo, Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner, are returning to host the series, and our experts Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan are also back to judge. The Landscape competition is being filmed in association with the National Trust in a number of the charity's famous properties and locations. The winner will be awarded the same £10,000 commission, this time getting added to the National Trust's permanent art collection.
We know how much you all love Portrait Artist, though, so we're working on ideas for other Portrait Artist-related programming later in the year. There's nothing confirmed for now, so keep your eyes and ears open for more news in our newsletter or on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
About Portrait Artist of the Year
Presenters Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner search across the UK and Ireland for a new star of the art world, whether amateur, professional or hobbyist, along with our esteemed judges (see below).
Regional heats took place across the UK and Ireland 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 (in the 2014 series), before the grand final at the National Portrait Gallery.
The Famous Sitters
Famous sitters painted in the 2014 regional rounds included: Sol Campbell, Maisie Williams, John Humphrys, Julian Fellowes, Ronni 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 Adepitan.
The four finalists saw their work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery for a month and the winner was awarded a £10,000 major commission for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
This prize commission then became part of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery's permanent art collection, and the winner received a year's supply of materials courtesy of Cass Art.
The 2014 Winner
Portrait Artist of the Year 2014 winner Christian Hook was awarded a £10k commission to paint actor Alan Cumming >>
The 2013 Winner
Portrait Artist of the Year 2013 winner Nick Lord was awarded a £10k commission to paint Hilary Mantel in Paris >>
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