First day of Sky Arts filming at Viking Day completed

Stephen Mangan and Joan Bakewell at Viking Bay

The first day of filming for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year programme has been completed, with a second day planned tomorrow (June 27).

The third and fourth heats of the series taking place at Viking Bay with new co-presenter actor and art-lover, Stephen Mangan, who replaces Frank Skinner, alongside Joan Bakewell.

A giant whale in place at Victoria Gardens is Plasticus, the Sky Ocean Rescue ‘mascot’. The 10m model is made entirely of plastic waste and is aimed at raising awareness of ocean pollution.

The whale will stay on site behind the clock tower until late Wednesday afternoon. It will be lit up at night.

This is the fourth series of the show, which is produced by London and Glasgow-based independent production company Storyvault Films.

Eight artists, plus wildcards each day, are taking part in the heats.

The production crew are staying at the Bay Tree Hotel.

The judges are artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and independent curators Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano.

Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 is due to air on Sky Arts this Autumn.