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Landscape Artist Of The Year | Series 9 Preview (Sky Arts)

Sky Arts kicks off a fresh search across the UK to discover a new star of landscape painting as Landscape Artist of the Year returns to Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW on 10th January 2024. 

Stephen Mangan returns to host the series solo following Dame Joan Bakewell’s departure from the franchise in the finale of Portrait Artist of the Year’s landmark 10th series.  

The upcoming series sees a new cohort of landscape artists journey to remarkable locations across the UK. They take on the herculean tasks of painting the medieval cliff-top grounds of Dunnottar Castle, Hever Lake, and Hever Castle - where Anne Boleyn spent her childhood – as well as the charming harbour town of Stonehaven. 


The series also takes residency in Liverpool with artists capturing the bustling Liverpool Docks as well as Liverpool Three Graces - famously named after the goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity.    

The semi-finalists face the unique challenge of capturing the Buckler’s Hard New Forest where history and stunning scenery come together. The three finalists will be transported to the top of the Royal Opera House at night, tasked with capturing Covent Garden in the beating heart of London’s West End. 

As always, in each heat, eight artists will choose their preferred medium to create a plein air painting in just four hours in a bid to be crowned Landscape Artist of the Year. Returning judges, Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan, assess their progress with keen eyes and choose who will advance to the semi-final.


Joining the artists competing in the heats are 50 eager wildcard entrances – amateur artists who have not made the official contestant list but are still hungry to compete. The judges will assess their work and nominate one wildcard artist each week to go through to the semi-final.  

The eight heat winners and the best wildcard artist compete in the semi-final. From these, three are chosen to compete in the final.  

This season’s Landscape Artist of the Year winner will receive a £10,000 commission from the Science Museum to create an artwork inspired by Orkney, spotlighting the islands’ place at the forefront of pioneering sustainable energy.   

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, said: “It’s always a joy to watch our beautiful country captured, but the brilliant artists who take part in Landscape Artist of the Year - and watching them all create their work – has to be one of the most relaxing, life affirming and all-round lovely TV experiences you can have. It’s a dose of mental medicine and all for free on Sky Arts.” 

Landscape Artist of the Year will air on Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 36, and streaming service NOW from Wednesday 10th January. 


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