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Portrait Artist of the Year: Gabrielle, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Grace Neutral (S8EP1 Sky Arts Wed 13 Oct 2021)

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Gabrielle, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Grace Neutral: Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell return with the contest, as the first heat sees nine artists create portraits of singer Gabrielle, actor Jacob Fortune-Lloyd and model Grace Neutral. Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan judge their efforts.

Airdate: Wed 13 Oct 2021 at 20:00 on Sky Arts

Season 8 Episode 1

Portrait Artist of the Year is hosted by UK TV personalities Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner; an esteemed group of judges travel across the Europe in search of a new star in the art world. Each episode features a regional competition where artists are shortlisted and challenged to produce a portrait of one of three famous sitters. At the end of each round, the judges select an artist to go to the semifinal. The finalists will have their work displayed at the world-famous National Portrait Gallery in London and the winner will receive a £10,000 commission to paint a portrait which will become part of the permanent collection at the British Library.