After delving into heritage crafts in The Prince’s Master Crafters, artist, comedian and musician Jim Moir will return to Sky Arts next year to front a new six-part series, Painting with Birds, produced by Drum Studios, part of the Omnicom Media Group.

A new “comedic, ornithological series”, Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir will follow the couple  as they explore some of Britain’s beauty spots, joined along the way by a few famous friends. They will create an original piece of bird art celebrating the unique species native to that region over the course of a weekend.

The series, which starts production in September, was commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts and Entertainment for Zai Bennett, managing director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland. The commissioning editor for Sky is Barbara Lee.  Danny Carvalho and Sadia Butt are the executive producers.

Accompanied in each episode by local twitchers, artists and conservation experts, Jim, and Nancy will be guided through countryside and local bird sanctuaries to gather inspiration. They’ll spend  weekends sketching and painting their feathery subjects, tackling everything from grouse to goshawks and bitterns to bearded tits.

Jim Moir said: “I am very excited to be a part of Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir. It incorporates my two main passions, art and birds, and to be presenting it with my best friend and wife (one person) is an undiluted joy and delight.”

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, commented: “Painting Birds with Jim and Nancy Moir is just the kind of tweet we like at Sky Arts, combining the joy of great art courtesy of Jim’s beautiful bird paintings and the glories of the British countryside and wildlife. We know our audiences love to uncover the processes that bring art to life and Jim will be unpacking the craft in his own unique way.”



Pippa Considine

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