Painter in finals of Sky TV competition

A Belper painter has shown a stroke of genius to reach the finals of a national Sky TV competition.

Margaret Rose is one of 84 artists selected from 2,000 entrants for the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest. She will be filmed by the channel on July 7 at Cardiff City Hall with 20 other competitors when one artist will go through to the next round.

The winner will have their work displayed in the National Portrait Gallery and receive a £10,000 commission to produce a portrait of author Hilary Mantel, to be displayed at the gallery and in the British Library.

Margaret said: “I am very excited to be involved in this fantastic opportunity.”