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Air date revealed for Sky Arts’ ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’ competition filmed at Buckler’s Hard





AUDIENCES will be able to see what was captured by artists competing in a TV show at Buckler’s Hard.

Semi-finalists in the Sky Arts programme Landscape Artist of the Year were delighted by the stunning scenery when they arrived at the Beaulieu beauty spot.

What they painted will be seen when the episode is broadcast on 21st February with news of who made the semi-finals kept under wraps until then.

Hosted by Stephen Mangan, the show will feature the artists in ‘pods’ with their easels, brushes and paints creating their masterpieces as a crowd of onlookers watch.

Competitors were housed in pods while painting their masterpieces
Competitors were housed in pods while painting their masterpieces

The episode was filmed in July on what was luckily a sunny day. Eight heat winners and the best wildcard artist were tasked with capturing stunning Buckler’s Hard, as well as its rich maritime history, to win their place in the final.

The winner is awarded a £10,000 commission from the Science Museum to create a work inspired by Orkney and its pioneering sustainable energy.

Competitors were stunned by the beauty of Buckler's Hard (NOT FOR USE BEFORE FEB 8)
Competitors were stunned by the beauty of Buckler's Hard (NOT FOR USE BEFORE FEB 8)

Sky Arts director Phil Edgar-Jones said: “It’s always a joy to watch our beautiful country captured, but the brilliant artists who take part in Landscape Artist of the Year and watching them all create their work has to be one of the most relaxing, life affirming and all-round lovely TV experiences you can have.

Buckler's Hard visitors at filming of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year
Buckler's Hard visitors at filming of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year

“It’s a dose of mental medicine.”

Buckler’s Hard is popular as a filming destination, with the BBC and Disney FX choosing it for scenes of their adaption of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, starring Olivia Coleman.

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