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West Norfolk artist’s brush with TV fame to be shown on Sky Arts




A West Norfolk artist beat thousands of entrants to reach the finals of a national competition which will be broadcast on Sky this year.

Izzy Wingham, 31, an artist from Shouldham reached the quarter-finals of the competition to be named Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year.

Having studied at the Norwich University of Arts, she has gone on to produce an extensive portfolio of art, sketching various scenes including Lynn,the North Norfolk Coast, and surrounding villages.

Izzy Wingham during filming at Herstmonceux Castle
Izzy Wingham during filming at Herstmonceux Castle

Izzy’s heat was filmed at Herstmonceux Castle, which will be broadcast on Sky Arts on November 5.

After six artists were put together in heats, Izzy progressed to the next stage, before leaving the competition in the quarter-finals, an experience which she described as “thrilling”.

She added: “I have been watching the show for years so I was very familiar with it, but did not realise how long the day is!”

Izzy Wingham's drawing of Lynn Docks from the top of Clifton Tower, which was her submission piece for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019
Izzy Wingham's drawing of Lynn Docks from the top of Clifton Tower, which was her submission piece for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2019

The contestants would be on set for 6.30am but would not actually start drawing until 10am, before finally finishing at 5.30pm.

The artwork is judged by Kathleen Soriano, Tai Shan Schierenberg and Kate Bryan.

On the pressure of drawing for TV, Izzy said: “I go outdoors and draw quite a lot so I am used to people watching me, but it was quite strange having the cameras there.

Izzy Wingham has sketched many scenes in Norfolk
Izzy Wingham has sketched many scenes in Norfolk

“They come and go, so you do have moments where you are left alone for 10, 15 minutes, but I tried to ignore them when they were there.

“I won’t know what they said about me fully until I watch the show .”

The Shouldham artist who uses graphite for her work is currently in the process of sketching a series of drawings on Lynn.

Izzy Wingham's work
Izzy Wingham's work

One drawing in the series is the view of Lynn’s dock and the River Ouse from the top of Clifton Tower, having taken a photo of the scene on Heritage Open Day.

It was this piece of work which got her onto the Sky competition with Series 5 starting on October 15.



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