Herstmonceux Castle hosts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019
The month is June, British summer time and the rain is pouring down relentlessly. Dozens of talented artists arrive at Herstmonceux Castle as well as The Observatory Science Centre. Easels under one arm, canvas under the other, ready to compete in Sky Arts, Landscape Artist of the Year 2019.
Each episode of the show focuses predominantly on a group of artists who are set up in special pods that are transported to each location. In addition, there are a number of ‘wildcards’; successful applicants from around the local area, all of whom bring a range of styles and experiences to the mix.
Filmed over a couple of days in June, an ‘English summer’ ensured there was a seemingly endless downpour for each of the artists to endure as they all interpreted what they saw in a wide variety of styles. Some even allowed the rain to fall on their canvas and be incorporated into their work.
Despite the adverse weather, the end results were very impressive, and it was a real privilege for the Herstmonceux estate to be such an artistic focal point. In particular, we were very fortunate to be approached by ‘wildcard’ competitor Faye Bridgewater from Brighton who asked if we would be interested in exhibiting her artwork within the castle.
We invited Faye to visit with her painting and Julie Ryan, Enterprise Director for Herstmonceux Castle, decided to showcase it within castle’s Wedding Suite, taking pride of place above the stone fireplace. Here it will remain until it is purchased. If you are interested, please visit Faye’s website to make contact. You can also read the blog post Faye wrote about her experience.
The Herstmonceux estate features in two episodes of the current Landscape Artist of the Year series and both aired recently on Sky Arts. For more information, please follow Herstmonceux Castle’s social media channels.