Long Eaton artist in Sky Arts contest

Long Eaton based artist Helen Hallows is participating in the current series of Sky Arts ‘Landscape Artist of the Year’.

She was selected from over 3,000 applicants as one of 48 artists to take part in six televised heats with one artist from each heat going forward to the semi-final. Helen travelled to South Gare on the North East coast where filming took place in June.

“It was all top secret – I didn’t even tell my family what I was doing! It’s only when the series started a few weeks ago that I have been able to tell friends and family my exciting news,” said Helen.

Participating artists have a four hour filmed challenge. Helen, who uses papers in her work to create a collage over a painted landscape, was apprehensive about collaging outdoors especially as storms were forecast.

“The landscape we were given to represent was so unlike my usual colourful and gentle landscapes. It was almost post apocalyptic with falling down fisherman’s huts and the steel works in the background,” she said.

Helen was competing against other artists who worked in a variety of media. The pieces are judged by three judges, Tai-Shan Shierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan.

“Everyone on the production were so supportive and helpful. It was great to meet the presenters Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell.”

You can see how Helen gets on when the show airs on Wednesday evening at 8pm on Sky Arts. You can find out more about Helen’s work, exhibitions and her Landscape Art holidays and workshops at www.helenhallows.com