The search for Ireland's best amateur painter is back with host Pauline McLynn and judges Una Sealy and Gabhann Dunne putting seven new artists to the test.

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Painting the Nation series two begins with a one-hour special introducing the seven amateur painters who will compete to have their painting hang in the State Art Collection.

In week one, based in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, the painters take on three challenges against the clock in a bid to impress the judges at this early stage of the competition.

The first episode takes our seven contestants to Dublin's Botanic Gardens

In the first challenge of the series, the seven have been asked to bring objects that tell the story of who they are and where they come from. The judges want them to paint a still-life of the objects, on a canvas size of their choice with their own familiar materials, in just ninety minutes.

Watch: Painting The Nation: Series One Box Set, Via RTÉ Player

From Leitrim potatoes and shades of green to burren rock from County Clare and tributes to Sligo’s Jack B Yeats, the painters are not only challenged to showcase their area and their personality, but most importantly impress the judges in this series’ first challenge.

Painting The Nation, RTÉ One, Sundays @ 6.30pm from September 24th.

And don't forget - Painting The Nation are looking for your amateur landscape paintings for their The Nation Paints competition! More details here...