Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2022: everything you need to know
Our favourite art show is back! Find out everything you need to know about the new series of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year
We're already missing Sky Portrait Artist of the Year, but Sky Landscape Artist is back with new contestants and new scenes to inspire us – and we can't wait! As the show embarks on its seventh series, the contestants will be challenged to create artworks inspired by a variety of landscapes around the UK in their chosen mediums.
As spring approaches, we're feeling inspired by Landscape Artist of the Year to get outside armed with pencils, pens, brushes and pastels! There's something very relaxing about settling down to draw or paint en plein air and we're looking forward to making our own outdoor artwork when the weather improves.
Whenever we watch the show, we feel as though we're getting a masterclass in different techniques and styles – and we pick up so many tips for our own work. This is a great programme to watch if you're feeling in a creative rut. It will get you to look at the world with fresh eyes and you'll learn so much.
If you're not an artist, watching others create amazing works of art is still incredibly soothing. It's always interesting to see if your favourite painting is the same as the judges – and the finished works of art can be astonishing.
Looking for more art programmes to watch? Check out our guides to Grayson's Art Club and The Great Pottery Throwdown. We also have a round-up of the best Bob Ross painting kits if you want to paint like a pro!
Read on to learn more about the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2022 competition…
When is Sky Landscape Artist of the Year on?
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year will be shown on Wednesdays at 8pm. Each episode is an hour long.
When will Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year be on television?
The show will return on Wednesday 12th January 2022.
Where can I watch Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year?
You can watch Sky Arts Landscape of the Year on Sky Showcase (114 on Sky, 109 on Virgin and 106 on Sky HD) and Sky Arts (Freesat 147, Sky 130 SD/HD and Sky 826).
Where is Sky Landscape Artist of the Year filmed?
This year's series kicks off at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The landscape artists will be challenged to paint the Eden Project's giant biomes, which house an array of plants from around the world. Capturing the plastic surfaces of the domes proves challenging for some of the artists with one describing it as "like painting bubble wrap". One artist, who is accustomed to working quickly, finds themselves wondering how to fill their remaining three hours.
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The second episode of the series will be set at Compton Verney house in Warwickshire, but the other filming locations for Landscape Artist of the Year 2022 have yet to be confirmed.
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2022: What to expect
As in previous years, we expect the artists to be asked to produce images of both urban and rural landscapes and we're excited to see how they get on. In each episode, eight artists will compete, with the winner moving on to the next round.
The artists are usually given about four hours to complete their piece in their choice of medium – for some artists, that can prove to be very challenging. The subject matter can also present challenges – one week they can be asked to produce a piece based on a rustic landscape and the next they can be asked to work with a more complex urban scene.
It's always interesting to see how they cope with the landscape that they are given – especially when the weather is very changeable! Artists who are used to painting outside are at a definite advantage here, but it's a good test of the skills of all of the contestants. Luckily they work in pods with a roof, so you won't see anyone's work getting ruined by the rain.
It's really refreshing to see the wide range of materials used by the artists. In episode one of the new series, we see one of the contestants tackling the Eden Project using linocut printing techniques. In the second episode, a textile artist transforms old ties into a beautiful textured landscape.
The winner of the show will receive a £10,000 commission for a prestigious British art institution, plus art supplies worth £500 from Cass Art! It's definitely a prize worth winning.
Artists who are not selected as contestants have a second chance to get involved by competing as a wild card alongside 50 others. The wild card artists are often hugely talented too and we love seeing their work.
Who presents Sky Landscape Artist of the Year?
Sky Landscape Artist of the Year is presented by comedian Stephen Mangan and journalist and TV presenter Joan Bakewell. They will be mingling with the artists and discussing their work as it develops. Stephen and Joan are also the hosts of Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.
Who are the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year judges?
The judges of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year are Kate Bryan, Kathleen Soriano and Tai-Shan Schierenberg. They also judge Sky's sister competition Sky Portrait Artist of the Year.
Kate Bryan is a British art historian, curator and arts broadcaster. She has contributed to a number of TV shows, including The Culture Show on BBC 2, the Sky Arts programme The Mystery of the lost Caravaggio and many more. Kate has contributed art articles to TimeOut and The Guardian. She also mentors young women in the arts.
Kathleen Soriano is a respected British art curator, writer and television broadcaster. She has worked at a range of renowned art institutions including the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Portrait Gallery in London. She joined the Sky Arts Artist of the Year shows in 2013 and has continued in her role as a judge ever since.
Tai-Shan Schierenberg is a portrait artist based in London. He has produced portraits of numerous famous public figures including Professor Stephen Hawking and the Queen. He studied at Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris, as well as St Martin's and Slade School of Art in London. He is currently the Head of Painting at the Art Academy in London.
Who is the Landscape Artist of the Year 2021?
Ophelia Redpath won the coveted title of Landscape Artist of the Year in 2021.
How do I enter the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year competition?
If you feel like putting yourself forward for the next season, you're in luck! Entries are now open for Sky Landscape Artist of the Year series 8. Enter here.
Photography by Steve Peskett © Sky UK Limited.
Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of Gathered.how – and before that our sister website calmmoment.com – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine, countryfile.com, radiotimes.com and yourhomestyle.uk. She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints