The beeb has announced a celebrity version of The Big Painting Challenge.

Mariella Frostrup is joined by Rev Richard Coles on the civilian version of the show

Mariella Frostrup will host as six celebrities vie to be crowned the winner of Celebrity Painting Challenge.

Baring their souls on canvas will be actor Jane Seymour, musician George Shelley, former cricketer Phil Tufnell, model and DJ Amber Le Bon, presenter Josie D’Arby and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen of Changing Rooms fame.

Frostrup will be joined by Daphne Todd OBE, one-time winner of the BP Portrait award, and acclaimed figurative painter Lachlan Goudie, who are returning as the discerning judges.

“Our multi-talented contestants have achieved renown in their different fields, but what is less well known is their love of art. This series will put them through their paces as painters, and test whether they can achieve the levels of excellence on canvas that they have achieved on the stage, catwalk, screen and cricket pitch.” – Mark Bell, Head of Arts Commissioning, BBC

The contestants will be supported by artists and mentors Diana Ali and Pascal Anson as they take on a range of tasks, masterclasses and challenges designed to test their painting prowess. Assignments will range from traditional artistic mediums, such as portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, still life and life drawings – to fun, humorous challenges. 

As part of the finale a selection of paintings from the six artists will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to charity.

“I’m excited to be working with such a talented team to create a celebrity version of this much loved competition format which will see talented celebrity artists swap their glamorous jobs in the limelight to get behind an easel. The challenges will be designed to test their creativity and there will be some surprises in store, but I’m also looking forward to seeing our celebrity artists grow across the competition.” – Kat Lennox, Executive Producer

Celebrity Painting Challenge is due to air Spring 2019 with filming set to begin this autumn. 

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