Landscape Artist of the Year 2017
This year’s competition saw us widen our range of locations, to include townscapes and industrial heritage alongside the more naturally picturesque scenes of our rural landscapes. Once again Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell are our presenters, with our three distinguished judges, Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano providing the expertise. 1200 people applied to the competition, and in each episode 8 short-listed artists were joined by 50 “wild-cards” to add to the festival atmosphere. Our landscapes included the disused steelworks and wind-farm at South Gore on Teesside, views of the viaduct and bowling green at Knaresborough, and two fabulous views on the Gower peninsula. The winning artist was awarded a £10,000 commission to fly to Jamaica to paint the view from Noel Coward’s former home on the island. The resulting painting is on permanent display at the famous Theatre Royal Drury lane.