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A search to find Britain’s best, perhaps unknown, portrait artist has been launched, with a £10,000 commission to paint author Hilary Mantel as first prize.

Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner will present the Sky Arts series, and judges include the Royal Academy’s director of exhibitions, Kathleen Soriano.

Artists aged 16 and over, amateur or professional, have been invited to apply. A series of roadshows will be held in Dublin, Cardiff, Glasgow and London over the summer.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk