Carl Knibb Wins Heat One of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 On Tuesday 16th October at 8pm, Carl Knibb ARBSA appeared on our TV screens in the first heat of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018. Staffordshire artist Carl Knibb from Lichfield had been chosen from hundreds to compete against eight artists and alongside a further 50 “wildcard” artists in the opening heat of this year’s Landscape Artist of the Year series, produced by award winning production company Storyvault Films. The programme aired on Tuesday 16th October on Sky Arts at 8pm and this series is hosted by new co-presenter - actor and art-lover Stephen Mangan alongside Joan Bakewell. Carl is a professional artist, who was born in Birmingham but has been living and working in Lichfield, Staffordshire for nearly a decade. Carl is a long-time fan of this hugely popular TV art competition that has brought the work of some extraordinary artists into the public eye. Almost 1600 entries were received for the 2018 competition, giving the judges the difficult task of whittling them down to 48 artists to compete in the six heats, several of which take place at National Trust locations: Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Yorkshire; Viking Bay, Broadstairs and Inveraray Castle in Scotland. Each heat is open to a further 50 “wildcard” artists who are invited to compete for a potential place in the semi-final. The winner of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 will receive a life changing opportunity for any artist, a prestigious commission from the Imperial War Museum to create an artwork to tie in with the centenary of the 1918 armistice. He or she will travel along with an IWM historian to Macedonia, to visit one of the most unchanged battlefields of the campaign, the site of a significant defeat where British and Irish soldiers lost their lives. The finished work will be unveiled at the museum’s London HQ and enter the IWM’s collection to be put on display in the museum. Carl commented: “When I applied to be a competitor I submitted a painting of Bird Street, Lichfield. I really didn’t think I had any chance. Hundreds of fantastic artists send in their work every year, so when I got the call telling me I was through to the competition I was completely bowled over.” Earlier this year, Carl, supported by his wife Joss, travelled to Rippon in Yorkshire where the very first heat was to take place at Fountains Abbey. Those taking part were challenged to create a piece of art depicting the Abbey – one of the largest and best-preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England.