Portrait Artist of the Year
Our tenth series is currently transmitting on Sky Arts. Be sure to catch up with the opening episode featuring the glorious Judi Dench as the sitter, and standby for a spectacular surprise at the final. It's the best series yet, so try not to miss a single episode.
Landscape Artist of the Year
We've also just finished recording series nine of Landscapes, with locations in Scotland, Liverpool, Kent, Hampshire and London. Thousands of spectators came along to enjoy watching the art as it was created, The series is due to be broadcast on Sky Arts from January 2024.
Black and Blue
For five years I've been collaborating with a remarkable friend of mine to write her life-story. Her name is Parm Sandhu, and she recently retired as the most senior BAME female officer in the Metropolitan police. However she was subject throughout to every kind of discrimination. Eventually Parm left the police after thirty years with an unblemished record. Her story, entitled BLACK AND BLUE, is published by Atlantic Books, and the paperback is just out.
Something else rather brilliant......
Some while ago my friend Georgina Godwin introduced me to Phil Manzanera, who is the brilliant guitarist from Roxy Music and was celebrating fifty years as a professional musician. We got on like a house on fire and he kindly asked me to help him to write down some stories from his amazing life, working with everyone from Bob Dylan via David Bowie to David Gilmour. The result "Revolution to Roxy" is full of amazing tales and is out in Spanish now, and in English in March 2024.