Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2021

Get all the information and behind-the-scenes gossip for Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2021 in our guide. We'll be updating our guide every week so you don't miss any arty content!

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year judge and presenter
Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year is back!!! We’re huge fans of the show and have watched all the past seasons, including their popular lockdown spin-off Portrait Artist of the Week on Instagram, religiously. This year’s competition will be better than ever and thanks to the pandemic there’s more and more people discovering their artistic talent. There’s familiar faces and a whole bunch of new talent from up and down the country. To get you ready for the show’s return we’ve answered all your burning questions right here.

If you’re looking for more arty content then check out our Art section here on Gathered which includes free painting, drawing, and printing tutorials. Oh and for more art TV content head to our Grayson Perry’s Art Club guide.

When is Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year on?

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year returns to Sky Arts sometime in the Autumn of 2021. We don’t have a specific date for the show’s return yet but we will keep updating our article when we know! Due to COVID, last year the autumn 2020 show went ahead but in April 2020 the show was turned into Sky’s Portrait Artist of the Week. It was a weekly paint-along with a winner chosen on Instagram.

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The 2021 show will be season 8 of the Portrait Artist series and we can’t wait for it to return. You can catch up on the past 7 seasons of the show over on Sky Arts. The show was originally Artist of the Year and included five series of Landscape Artist of the Year making around 12 series!

Portrait Artist Of The Year
Sky Arts Portrait Artist Episode 10 – Final

Where can I watch Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year?

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year is shown on Sky TV on channel Sky Arts. This channel was previously known as Artsworld and Sky Arts 1.

Where is Sky portrait artist of the year filmed?

Due to COVID, we are unsure where the competition will be held but previously it has been filmed at  The finals of the competition are normally filmed at the National Portrait Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2021: What to expect

Stephen Mangan is back to present Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2021. Himself and returning judges, artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano are here to find Britain’s best portrait artist. Alongside art historian Kate Bryan, the show will cover lots of different techniques and subjects with each contestant taking a different approach to the challenges.

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year judge and presenter

Meet The Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2021 contestants

A mixture of the UK’s top amateur and professional painters has been chosen. As soon as the contestants are released we’ll introduce you to the talented bunch. We can’t wait to see what they paint! The 2019 semi-finalists were Kofi Ferriss, Sally Ward and Curtis Holder with Curtis snatching the well-deserved title. You can read an interview with him here.

The Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Episode Guide

When the 2021 series is released we’ll be writing a weekly update on each episode. We’ll share our favourite piece of artwork, favourite line from the episode and write a short summary so you can keep up to date with the show.

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year final paintings
Series 6 finalist’s artwork
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We can’t wait for the show to return but in the meantime why not practice your painting and drawing skills? We have loads of arty tutorials here on Gathered. There’s everything from how to draw a cat to step by step flower drawing. Oh, and we have round-ups of the best watercolour paints and the best acrylic paints so you can get your kit up to stratch.