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Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Heats, 4 – 13 April 2017

The Wallace Collection is very happy to announce that we will be holding the London heats for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. The heats will be held on 10am – 5pm Tuesday 4 - Thursday 13 April (not open during the weekend). Due to large numbers expected we will be operating on a session basis. There will be 4 sessions lasting one hour throughout the day, please turn up early to claim a free wristband for one of the sessions. There is strictly no filming or photography allowed.

The competition will also be broadcast on Sky Arts in 2018. Unfortunately, to facilitate the heats the Wallace Restaurant will be closed from Sunday 2 to Thursday 13 April and we apologise for any inconvenience. A range of cafés and restaurants can be found in the neighbouring streets, including Marylebone High Street and Baker Street.


Can you tell me if entry is free to the portrait artist of the year heats and whether you need to book

Carol andrew on 9 February 2017

Can you tell me what times the heats begin and end? We are not sure when to visit? Many thanks

Emma Solomon on 25 February 2017

During sky arts heats is it the usual opening hours? Thanks

Chris cumes on 25 February 2017

What time can the public arrive to enter the heats ? When is last entrance time ? Thx

Jim on 26 February 2017

The heats will be available to watch from 10am – 5pm, the normal opening hours for the Collection.

Marie on 27 February 2017

Will the semi final be at the Wallace collection as well as the heats this year, like it was last year?

Andy on 28 February 2017

Hi Andy, unfortunately not!

Marie on 3 March 2017

Do you expect the public viewing allocation to fill up?
And is there maximum visiting time, or can you stay for as long as you like?

Scott on 27 March 2017

I am confused. Sky Arts are publishing filming of the six heats for 2018 as taking place on the 5th to 7th and the 10th to 12th of April 2017. I have been in e-mail contact to confirm this as I intend visiting all six days.What is happening on the 4th and 13th respectively?

David Burke on 1 April 2017

Can you let me have the dates of the heats for sky artist or the year
It’s posted as 4 April to 13 April
Are there heard every day?

David Bowman on 3 April 2017

Hi, can I bring my camera to the filming sessions?

Paul on 4 April 2017

Are there any heats being filmed on Sunday 9th ?

Robin Courtenay on 5 April 2017

Hi Paul, unfortunately filming or photography will not be allowed.

Marie on 6 April 2017

Hi Robin, there will be no filming during the weekend – the heats will be restart on Monday 10 April.

Marie on 6 April 2017

Hi David, there are now 8 heats so we will be filming on all days apart from the weekend

Marie on 6 April 2017

Hi Scott, we are now operating on a session basis – if you turn up early you can claim a wrist band which will allow you in for an hour slot.

Marie on 6 April 2017