Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at Wray Castle

Wray Castle played host to Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.

We're really excited that the castle was chosen to host one of the heats for the popular Sky Arts programme this year. Wray Castle features in the second episode, going out on Tuesday 18 October at 8pm. 

We're looking forward to seeing how the artists interpret the iconic landscape of the Lakes that our visitors, staff and volunteers enjoy everyday.

The Lakes as inspiration

The castle itself provided the subject for the painting on one of the days, with the impressive view towards the Fairfield Horseshoe providing the view for the next.  

Other heats were held at National Trust places in the south of England, at Stowe in Buckinghamshire and Scotney Castle in Kent with the final painting being unveiled at Petworth.

Experts lead the search

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner host the competition. The duo previously presented the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year series. The show will be judged by award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan. 

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner at Stourhead, Wiltsire for the final episode in the series
Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner
Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner at Stourhead, Wiltsire for the final episode in the series

This year’s Landscape Artist of the Year winner gets a £10,000 commission for the National Trust’s art collection and £500 of art materials from Cass Art. 

The new series airs on Sky Arts from Tuesday 11 October at 8pm. 

To find out more visit the Landscape Artist of the Year website.