Jun 27

Presented by Pauline McLynn for RTÉ ONE’s autumn schedule, Painting The Nation is a competition to uncover, showcase and encourage the very best amateur artists across the country.

In this brand new series, seven talented amateur painters compete to win the inaugural Painting The Nation crown. Two professional judges will set challenges and oversee proceedings. Three painters will make the final with the winner’s painting becoming a prominent piece of public art.

Each week, the artists travel to a new location where painting challenges are set around iconic local history, culture, heritage and people.

The artists will be set drawing and painting challenges which will push them to their creative limits. They will take on every painting challenge possible, from landscape to portraiture, from life drawing to still life, using familiar and unfamiliar materials.

Their artworks will be exhibited each week in a roving pop-up gallery where local people will be invited to give their opinion on how the artists have interpreted their locale, history and people with their paintings. But the final judgement is, ultimately, down to two professional artists, the judges, who have the tough job of deciding who goes forward to the next stage – and who will leave the competition each week.

To be broadcast: Sundays, Autumn 2016 RTE One 1 x 52′ / 4 x 25′

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