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      Season 8 – Portrait Artist of the Year

      2021 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 Oct 13, 2021 Gabrielle, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Grace Neutral Nine artists create portraits of Gabrielle, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, and Grace Neutral. Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan judge. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 20, 2021 Gyles Brandreth, Karen Gibson, Sophie Cookson Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell present a brand new series of Portrait Artist of the Year from The Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre in London, which once again is transformed into an art studio in a quest to find the best creative talent. In this second heat, 9 artists are challenged to create a portrait of one of 3 celebrities: writer and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, conductor and Kingdom Choir founder Karen Gibson and actor Sophie Cookson. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 27, 2021 Alexa Chung, Nish Kumar, Philip Glenister In this third heat, 9 artists are challenged to create a portrait of one of 3 celebrities: fashion model, designer and presenter Alexa Chung, comedian Nish Kumar and actor Philip Glenister. To reach the semi-final artists will need to impress judges Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan. Details Episode 4 Aired Nov 3, 2021 Celeste, Lydia West, Alastair Campbell In this fourth heat, 9 artists are challenged to create a portrait of one of 3 celebrities: singer-songwriter Celeste, actor Lydia West and journalist, author and broadcaster Alastair Campbell. To reach the semi-final artists will need to impress judges Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 10, 2021 Kelly Macdonald, Hugh Skinner, Polly Walker The competition continues as the artists create portraits of Kelly Macdonald, Hugh Skinner and Polly Walker. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 17, 2021 David Olusoga, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Sergei Polunin Sitting for the artists are British-Nigerian historian and BAFTA winning producer David Olusoga, space scientist and science educator Maggie Aderin-Pocock and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 24, 2021 Chris Packham, Arlene Phillips, Ali Jawad The competition continues as the artists are challenged to create portraits of Chris Packham, Arlene Phillips and Ali Jawad. Details Episode 8 Aired Dec 1, 2021 Ian Hislop, Emma Dabiri, Daniel Mays The final round of painters will look to impress the judges with their interpretations of broadcaster Ian Hislop, Irish author and academic Emma Dabiri, and actor Daniel Mays. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 8, 2021 Nick Mason The qualifying artists put brush to canvas and capture drummer Nick Mason; only three artists will be selected to go through to the grand final and have a chance at winning the commission. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 15, 2021 Barry Humphries The final artists will put brush to canvas and immortalize the one and only Barry Humphries, best known for his outrageous alter ego of Dame Edna Everage. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 15, 2021 Nicola Benedetti The finale winner receives a 10,000-pounds commission to paint the esteemed Scottish-Italian violinist Nicola Benedetti and have their final piece exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 22, 2021 Best of Portrait Artist of the Year A look back on the best moments from the eighth season of Portrait Artist of the Year. Details

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      Season Info

      Director
      Anna Thomson, Nico Wasserman, Rocio Cano
      Network
      SKYART1
      Genre
      Special Interest, Reality
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Oct 13, 2021