Friday, January 17, 2020

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 starts on....

The new series of Portrait Artist of the Year 2020 starts on Sky Arts on Tuesday 21st January 8pm. Below are details of:
  • the dates for the televised episodes
  • the commission
  • reminders of the deadlines for entries for
    • Portrait Artist of the Year 2021
    • Landscape Artist of the Year 2020
    • dates of the current Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 exhibition

PAOTY 2020 at the Battersea Arts Centre
- and this happens to be the Heat I attended
and I know precisely who the artist in the centre is who has her back to us! :)

The sitters in the first episode on 21 January are Asa Butterfield, Micky Flanagan and Anjli Mohindra.

PAOTY Episodes

The backs of all the people watching the painters in the Semi Final of PAOTY 2020
- photographed last year by me at Battersea Arts Centre

Working on the basis that all episodes run consecutively, there will be
  • eight heats/episodes with nine artists in each heat - every Tuesday starting on 21st January
  • followed by a Semi Final of eight Artists on 17th March; and
  • a Final of three artists at the National Portrait Gallery on 24th March
  • Plus a final programme where the winning artist shows us how he or she tackled the commission (see below)
I sat watching the Series Trailer Video BELOW to see how many bits were from the heat I attended and whether I recognised any of the artists who got to the Semi Final or Final which I also attended. (Any 'revealing' photos of artists and sitters are sat safe on my hard drive until the episodes have aired!)

PAOTY Series Trailer from Storyvault Films on Vimeo.

The Commission

The winner of PAOTY 2020 will get be awarded a commission valued at £10,000 to paint Nile Rodgers - the American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist and founder of Chic - for the Royal Albert Hall!

Which sounds a pretty fabulous idea and certainly explains one thing I noted about the heat I watched!


Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

The deadline for entries is Friday 7th February 2020
See Call for Entries: Portrait Artist of the Year 2021 for more details

You can watch the heats for this at Battersea Arts Centre on weekdays only between 24th March - 2nd April (ie. excluding the weekend).

Landscape Artist of the Year 2019 Exhibition

This exhibition is now on in London. Finalists from this series are exhibiting their paintings from the competition
Register your interest to attend the exhibition at (020 7499 0947)

Landscape Artist of the Year 2020 

The closing date for entries is 17th April 2020
See for more details in  Call for Entries: Landscape Artist of the Year 2020

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