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Sara Levelle is to star in the prestigious Portrait Artist of the Year competition on Sky television.

Sara, who graduated with first-class honours from her illustration degree last year, will feature in the episode broadcast on the Sky Arts channel on Tuesday 28 February from 8pm.

Judges Kate Bryan, Kathleen Soriano and Tai Shan Schierenberg ran the rule over Sara’s work after she completed her portrait paintings to a four-hour deadline in front of an audience. The programme is hosted by Joan Bakewell and Stephen Mangan.

Reflecting on the experience, Sara said: “All of the other artists were fantastic and the standard was so high. It was amazing to have my work be validated and recognised in such a substantial way.

“The judges are all incredible and inspiring people and to know that they liked my work actually made me cry.”

Sara said that working to a tight deadline was a huge “challenge” but that she was pleased with the work she produced. Viewers can find out whether Sara progresses to the latter stages of the competition by watching her episode next week.

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