From Tuesday, July 11 at 7.30pm AEST | Australian Premiere | Available on Foxtel Anytime
A competition to find the UK’s most talented portrait artist. Portrait Artist of the Year is hosted by UK TV personalities Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner; an esteemed group of judges travel across the Europe in search of a new star in the art world. Each episode features a regional competition where artists are shortlisted and challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters. At the end of each round, the judges select an artist to go to the semi-final.
The finalists will have their work displayed at the world-famous National Portrait Gallery in London and the winner will receive a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait which will become part of the permanent collection at the British Library. With judges and onlookers examining their every move, the artists face new challenges at each phase of the competition while painting such famous “sitters” as Sir Ian McKellen, Hilary Mantel, John Hannah, Sophie Turner, Simon Weston, Sophie Dahl, Maisie Williams, John Humphrys, Julian Fellowes, Richard Dawkins and Alan Cumming.
Tuesday, August 1 at 7.30pm
In this fourth heat, another nine new artists tackle the portraits of actor Trevor Eve and Parminda Nagra and Poet and Novelist Ben Okri in a bid to impress judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano.
Tuesday, August 8 at 7.30pm
Nine new artists put brush to canvas as they tackle the portraits of Hairy Bike Dave Myers, Musician Rick Wakeman and singer Katie Kassoon as they try and win over judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan, and Kathleen Soriano.
Tuesday, August 15 at 7.30pm
This week, the last batch of artists will be showcasing their skills are they paint the likeness of Broadcaster Adrian Chiles, traits of actor Trevor Eve and Parminda Nagra and Poet and Novelist Ben Okri in a bid to impress judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano.
Tuesday, August 22 at 7.30pm- Semi final
Tuesday, August 29 at 7.30pm Final