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      Season 1 – Portrait Artist of the Year

      2013 Special Interest Reality List
      Reviews Artists are getting their time in the spotlight with "Portrait Artist of the Year." An esteemed panel of judges travel across Europe in search of the brightest star in the art world. Each episode features a regional competition and contestants are challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters, the judges select who moves onto the semifinal. When three are remaining, the finalists will have their work displayed in the world-famous National Portrait Gallery in London and the winner will receive a $10,000 commission to become a permanent part of the British Library. Such famous sitters that are featured are Sir Ian McKellen, Sophie Turner, Sophie Dahl, Maisie Williams, Julian Fellowes, Alan Cumming, among so many more. Read More Read Less

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      Episode 1 Aired Nov 9, 2013 London Artists from across the U.K. and Ireland compete in a battle of skill as they attempt to produce portraits of famous sitters; the winner will receive a £10,000 prize, along with their winning portrait being hung in a famous cultural institution. Details Episode 2 Aired Nov 12, 2013 Glasgow Frank Skinner, Joan Bakewell and the judges head to Glasgow as 21 competitors capture celebrity sitters including actor John Hannah and paralympian Michael Kerr. Details Episode 3 Aired Nov 12, 2013 Cardiff The final heat takes Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner to Wales; artists paint a topless Gavin Henson, Lucian Freud's muse Sue Tilley and war veteran Simon Weston. Details Episode 4 Aired Nov 19, 2013 Dublin Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell take the competition to Dublin, where 21 artists hope to wow the judges with portraits of Pauline McLynn, David Rawle and Lethal Bizzle. Details Episode 5 Aired Dec 3, 2013 Paris The four finalists head to Paris for the penultimate challenge of the competition. Details Episode 6 Aired Dec 10, 2013 National Portrait Gallery The finalists unveil one last portrait before the judges enter tense discussions over the winner. Details Episode 7 Aired Feb 25, 2014 Painting Hilary Mantel Winner Nick Lord plans, paints and unveils his $14,500 commission to capture Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel for the British Library. Details

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      Season Info

      Network
      SKYART1
      Genre
      Special Interest, Reality
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Nov 9, 2013