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SKY ARTS PORTRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2018

The fourth series of our highly successful series for Sky Arts has already achieved record ratings on the channel, and attracted a fabulous range of fascinating sitters. Some 1500 artists applied to join the competition – amateurs and professionals, from all over Britain and Ireland. Frank Skinner and Dame Joan Bakewell were our hosts, and we were delighted to welcome back out three distinguished judges – Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano. Among the celebrity guests joining us at the Wallace Collection in London are David Tennant, Michaela Coel, James Morrison, Derek Jacobi, Vicky McClure, Reggie Yates and Emeli Sande – to name but a few. This year’s prize is a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait of award-winning actress Kim Cattrall, to hang in the prestigious Walker Art Gallery in Kim’s home town of Liverpool. The build-up throughout the series is compelling, and the unveiling is a magic TV moment which is not to be missed!