Painting The Nation is back! RTÉ One's popular amateur painting competition, presented by Pauline McLynn, is back for a second series to uncover the country's best amateur painters... and they're looking for contestants.

In the new series of  Painting The Nation, the selected artists will once again travel to locations throughout Ireland where they will take on painting and drawing challenges around iconic local history, culture, heritage and people.

The challenges set by professional artists and judges, Una Sealy and Gabhann Dunne, will see the painters having to compete against the clock to showcase their talents and impress the judges.

Sinead Lawless is declared the winner of series one of Painting the Nation.

Their work will then be exhibited at a weekly roving pop-up gallery - open to the local community - and the judges will decide which painter will be named the Painter of the Week, and who will make it to the next stage.

Painting the Nation is a competition to uncover and showcase the best amateur painting talent across the island of Ireland - the first series showcased the incredible (and truly diverse) wealth of talented painters, young and old, to be found in every corner of the country. If painting is your passion, and you think you have what it takes - or know anyone who has - they want to hear from you.

If you missed the first series, don't worry - it's repeated on RTÉ One, from May 20th.

To apply please download the Application Form here. For further information, or if you need an application form sent to you please contact 01-7088184 or email: paintingthenation@indiepics.ie