About the Paint Out Norwich Plein Air Painting Competition

Paint Out Norwich Plein Air 2015

‘Paint Out’ Norwich is an arts competition celebrating the rich history of en plein air painting in Norfolk. October 19th-23rd 2015 will welcome up to 50 selected artists working in a variety of mediums to create work in response to Norwich’s vibrant cityscape during a timed competition in full view of the public. The event will culminate in a gala, auction, and an exhibition of the artists’ work to continue two weeks after the event. Detailed information on all events to come on April 1st.

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Paint Out Norwich aims to attract national and international talent by introducing an annual event that focuses on the challenges imposed by creating work ‘on the spot’ in the urban environment. The Festival, run by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers, are keen to see a competition that tests artists’ skill and craft to the maximum, promoting the burgeoning Norwich arts scene, and providing an interactive educational experience.

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Inaugural 2014 Painting Competition

Paint Out Norwich launched in 2014 during the city’s October Hostry Festival, that itself began in 2011. Submissions for the inaugural open air competition closed on 1 September 2014 and 28 artists participated in the event. The prizewinners for Paint Out Norwich 2014 can be viewed here.

Details of how 2014’s competition ran, are below:

2014 Event Schedule

Tuesday 21st October – Prep day of Paint Out Norwich 2014

  • 2-3pm: The selected artists will gather at The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral. This will give the artists a chance to meet each other and register. A welcome glass of champagne will be provided.
  • 3pm: Artists will be allotted one  site each and will be able to select any vantage point at the site.
  • 3:30-5pm: An opportunity for the artists to visit the sites and the MadderMarket.

Wednesday 22nd October – Day 1 of Paint Out Norwich

  • 8am: artists register their canvases at The Hostry building and head to their allotted sites.
  • 9am-12noon: Painting
  • 12noon-1:30pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Painting
  • 4:30pm: All works in progress or complete to be signed off and returned to the MadderMarket.

Thursday 23rd October – Day 2 of Paint Out Norwich

  • 8am: artists register their canvases at The Hostry building and head to their allotted sites.
  • 9am-12noon: Painting
  • 12noon-1:30pm: Lunch break
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Painting
  • 4:30pm: All works in progress or complete to be signed off and returned to The Hostry.
  • 5:00pm: Hanging of final pictures
  • 6:30pm: Judging & Auction selection
  • 7pm: Private View and Gala Launch Night at The Hostry (tickets £12)
  • 8pm: Live Auction in the Weston Room, followed by a champagne and canapé reception at the Exhibition downstairs. Prize presentation.

Friday 24th October – Days 3-11 of Paint Out Norwich

  • 9:30-4:30pm: Exhibition open to the general public at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry. Sunday 12-3pm.

Sunday 2nd November – Days 12 of Paint Out Norwich

  • 10-12noon: Exhibition at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry open.
  • 12-4:30pm: Exhibition break up and artists, buyers can collect their paintings.

Paint Out Norwich © 2014 is a Colman/Buckley Project, produced with The PBSK Partnership.

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