Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year filming in Margate. Photo by Justin Downing.
Turner Contemporary presents an exhibition of works by the semi-finalists in the 2016 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of The Year competition.
Run in collaboration with the National Trust, this competition seeks out undiscovered artistic talent and celebrates the UK’s love of the British landscape. It is open to both amateur and professional artists who enter by submitting a painting they have completed in their own time.
This year, three judges – independent curator Kathleen Soriano, art historian Kate Bryan and painter Tai Shan Schierenberg – selected their favourites to take part in a series of six heats filmed by Sky Arts, where the artists had just four hours to paint National Trust properties. The winner of each heat went through to the semi-final. The seventh artist, Kim Whitby, was selected from a group of ‘wild card’ winners.
This aspect of the competition invites 50 artists to enter on a first-come first-served basis. One of the first eight wild card entries was selected to go straight through to the semi-final. The semi-final took place on Margate’s Harbour Arm, where the artists had four hours to produce a painting. These paintings of Margate will be shown alongside the works that the artists entered the competition with.