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Haverhill artist took on a 'nerve wracking' challenge on national TV




A member of Haverhill Town Council’s Artistic License Facebook Group is poised to reach an even bigger audience as a contestant in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2021.

The Facebook group of which Amanda Barrett is a member was set up as a place for local artists and creatives to share their work and experiences during lockdown and beyond.

The programme hosted by actor Stephen Mangan and broadcaster and journalist Joan Bakewell challenges six selected ‘Pod’ Artists along with 25 ‘wildcard’ artists to paint the landscape they are confronted with - in just four hours.

Co-host Stephen Mangan with artist Amanda Barrett filming episode three of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Picture from Sky TV
Co-host Stephen Mangan with artist Amanda Barrett filming episode three of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. Picture from Sky TV

The judges, Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano then make their selection of who goes through to the next round.

The ultimate challenge is to win the final prize of a £10,000 commission to paint a scene of Snowdon National Park.

How was the experience for Amanda?

Sky Arts' Landscape Artist of the Year judge Kathleen Soriano, left, with Haverhill artist Amanda Barrett. Picture by Sky TV.
Sky Arts' Landscape Artist of the Year judge Kathleen Soriano, left, with Haverhill artist Amanda Barrett. Picture by Sky TV.

She said: “It was nerve wracking but also fun.

“I had to paint a scene of Western Park Reservoir in Hackney, London whist being filmed and interviewed at the same time.”

Sara Marsh from Haverhill Town Council, who set up the Artistic Licence group, said: “I knew about Amanda’s design talents as she has previously worked with the town council on publicity material.

Amanda Barrett's painting of Aldi supermarket in Haverhill.
Amanda Barrett's painting of Aldi supermarket in Haverhill.

“She has also helped us with our current scheme to decorate empty shopfronts in Haverhill with art work from the local community but I am really excited to see Amanda actually in action.”

Amanda’s art quite often features urban scenes and her submission painting which got her selected for the program was of the Aldi supermarket in Haverhill.

The episode featuring Amanda will be broadcastat 8pm tomorrow (Wednesday, January 27) on Sky Arts (Freeview Channel 11).

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