Painting The Nation is back! We sat down with host Pauline McLynn to discuss the show, her relationship with the art world and how life has come full circle for the Father Ted actress.

Last year, Painting the Nation debuted on RTÉ One, launching a search to find Ireland's best amateur painters. Following a national call-out, seven artists were chosen to compete for the honour of having their painting chosen by the Office of Public Works for the National Art Collection. In the end, it was Corkwoman Sinead Lawless who was named the winner.

This year, the show is back for its second season, with returning host Pauline McLynn and judges Una Sealy and Gabhann Dunne in tow. The show is currently looking for amateur artists to apply, so if you think you have what it takes - or you know someone who loves to paint - get in touch now!

RTÉ Culture sat down with Pauline to discuss her background in art history, her relationship with the art world, her favourite county in Ireland and her advice to future contestants. Not to mention her account of how a painting hanging in her own home held a surprising connection to her Father Ted days.

To apply to Painting The Nation, 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: