Alnwick will be in the TV spotlight again on Sunday when budding artists take part in The Big Painting Challenge.
The 10-strong group, whittled down from thousands who applied, will be competing for the title of Britain’s best amateur artist.
Presented by Una Stubbs and Richard Bacon, the first programme, on BBC1 at 6pm, has the artists visiting Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden to tackle their opening challenge – painting a stunning Northumberland landscape.
They will be judged along the way by two of Britain’s most respected painters, award-winning portrait artist Daphne Todd OBE and internationally-renowned figurative painter Lachlan Goudie.
The no-nonsense pair critique the amateur artists in three specially designed challenges each week, deciding who goes home and who will ultimately win the crown.
The competitors have to prove their skills in a range of artistic mediums – from oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, to pencil, charcoal and chalk drawing challenges, covering figurative art themes from landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes to still life, portraiture and life drawing.
From Monday, March 30, after the grand finale, the artists’ best work selected by the BBC will be on display at one of the most prestigious art galleries in the country, Tate Britain.
Available for the public to view for a fortnight, the winner’s pieces will be complemented by a display of works from all 10 artists in a digital showreel.