Paint Out Norwich People's Choice Award EDP 4 Nov 2014

Artist Liam Wales wins People’s Choice Award at Paint Out Norwich 2014

People’s Choice Award Winner – Liam Wales

Artist Liam Wales
Artist, Liam Wales

The People’s Choice Award, £250 of arts materials sponsored by Norwich Art Supplies of St Benedict’s Street, has been won by artist Liam Wales.

Liam received an overwhelming share of the combined Exhibition and online vote for his works of art created at Elm Hill, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle, and Norwich Market.

The last one he completed in about half the 3 hours allotted! When members of the public realised that these were Plein Air works being done under almost exam conditions, yet amidst the challenges of the elements, public engagement, changing scenes, etc., many were amazed at the quality and range of the work. Indeed one went so far as to comment:

“it is the best art event in Norfolk this year”

Liam Wales with his final finished work in half the time
Liam Wales with his final finished work in half the time

Yorkshire-born Liam, now residing in Highgate, London, says that, for him:

 “…the most useful lesson in learning how to draw was watching my father draw. He taught me how to look at things carefully. As an architect he had a quick fluid line which I have gratefully adopted and adapted… As well as drawing for my own pleasure, I enjoy a diversity of commissions from country house portraits to illustrating fashion collections. I often use watercolour, but prefer my simpler line work. I try to draw with a loose line that roams over the page, editing and describing as I go, with a keen eye for any quirky details. I like to work on the spot and spontaneity is important. I live in London next to Hampstead Heath. Its swimming ponds, woods and open countryside, are an oasis of calm surrounded by a jostling metropolis. It is this mix that I relish in my drawings – nature juxtaposed with the man made.”

Liam Wales – Paint Out Art

Liam produced two works of art as pen, ink and charcoal, another as mixed media, and one as pen only.

PON14 Painting #27 Liam Wales, Elm Hill, pen, ink & charcoal
Elm Hill by Liam Wales, pen, ink & charcoal #PON14

He began on Wednesday 22 October, in the morning, at Elm Hill, continuing in the afternoon on to Norwich Cathedral, where he chose a viewpoint within and of the cloisters.

PON14 Painting #55 Liam Wales
Cloisters, Norwich Cathedral, by Liam Wales, pen, ink & charcoal #PON14
PON14 Painting #83 Liam Wales, Norwich from the Castle, mixed media
Norwich from the Castle by Liam Wales, mixed media #PON14

On Thursday 23 October he had Norwich Castle and the Market as locations, at the former electing to use mixed media for his only coloured art work portraying a view of Norwich from the Castle’s perspective.

As many as 5,000 visitors flocked to the Exhibition of 110 works of art at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry between 23 October and 2 November to witness the finished pieces by the 28 selected participating artists across 7 local iconic and/or historic locations at Paint Out Norwich 2014. Hundreds of them also participated in the People’s Choice Award vote, which Liam has deservedly won.

EDP Coverage

Paint Out Norwich People's Choice Award EDP 4 Nov 2014
Paint Out Norwich People’s Choice Award, EDP, 4 Nov 2014

Liam made the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) paper on the morning of 4 November and fuller coverage in their online EDP24 edition.

One comment said:

“I am deeply envious of people who have this talent to draw or paint good pictures. Perhaps we could take the whole GoGo Gorillas initiative a stage further next year. Instead of putting gorillas around the city, for one year put up large-scale weatherproof prints of local city scenes by local people. “

Norwich Art Supplies

Norwich Art Supplies
Norwich Art Supplies

We are grateful to Norwich Art Supplies for sponsoring the People’s Choice Award at Paint Out Norwich 2014. Norwich Art Supplies were established in 1996 in the heart of Norwich, and pride themselves on offering a wide range of artistic supplies including several makes of oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, papers, print making supplies as well as drawing materials, sketch books, watercolour blocks Indian inks, gilding materials, brushes, solvents and many more. Check out their website.

Pauline Goldsworthy, co-owner of Norwich Art Supplies, said:

“We were flattered to be part of the first Paint Out Norwich
event, it is such an exciting idea for Norwich. We have had such a lot of great feedback in the shop, to say how engaging it has been and how lovely it was to see the artists at work, it has really grabbed the public’s interest and we would be very pleased to support it again in the future”.

Prize winners and their cheques - Chris Daynes (2nd), Haidee-Jo Summers (1st), Roy Connelly (3rd) [L to R]

Paint Out Norwich 2014 Winners and Prizes

Challenges of the Competition

The inaugural Paint Out Norwich competition saw a high standard of work among the over 100 entries by 28 artists at 7 locations spread across the 2 days of 22-23 October. A maximum allowed painting time of 3 hours for each canvas, very often ended up as less, with setting up, selecting a viewpoint and possibly changing their minds. Some artists managed more than one painting in a single session, another was able to knock off early!

“I have never seen people paint as a competitive sport before … it was astonishing to witness in the city … what really amazed us was that this brought together … pressure of time limit, pressure of light, pressure of constantly interacting with a public … to a deadline.” – Amanda Geitner, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (SCVA)

Judges’ Comments

The judges – Trevor Chamberlain, Colin Self, and Amanda Geitner, were “knocked sideways by the extraordinarily consistent, commanding quality of the works” and were absolutely in accord in their choices of winners. The competition brought an opportunity “to celebrate the tenacity of figurative painting, the skill and discipline of painting … experienced in the real.” – Amanda Geitner, SCVA

The Prizes and Winners

Haidee-Jo Summers“Work to be Done” (#53)
Haidee-Jo Summers (1st Prize) with her winning painting - Work to be Done
Haidee-Jo Summers (1st Prize) with her winning painting – Work to be Done

First Prize, sponsored by Savills, went to Haidee-Jo Summers for her piece, “Work to be Done”, created outside the corner craft shop looking down Elm Hill, past the suddenly erected scaffolding and “road closed” signs that had appeared overnight and remained for just 24 hours. She wins £1000. Haidee is a veteran winner of Plein Air painting competitions across the country and has a track record of half a dozen prizes under her belt recently.

Chris Daynes, “The Watergate” (#8)
Chris Daynes (2nd Prize) with his painting - The Watergate
Chris Daynes (2nd Prize) with his painting – The Watergate

The Second Prize of £500, courtesy of The EDP, went to Chris Daynes for his oil painting at Pull’s Ferry called “The Watergate”.

Roy Connelly, “The Dark Entry” (#63)
Roy Connelly (3rd Prize) with his painting - The Dark Entry
Roy Connelly (3rd Prize) with his painting – The Dark Entry

Third Prize of £250, also courtesy of The EDP, went to Roy Connelly for his Norwich Cathedral doorway painting called “The Dark Entry”).

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award was determined on 2 November when voting closed. This was an art hamper worth £250 donated by Norwich Art Supplies. It was won by Liam Wales.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Volunteers

None of this would have happened without the generous overall sponsorship of Broadland Wines, printing courtesy of Ten Group‘s City College Norwich print room, and the tireless commitment of time and energy of our team and volunteers. A beautiful gesture was made by one of the artists, Wil Harvey, in order to appreciate the work of the volunteers, and he donated another one of his Norwich ink drawings to a draw-selected volunteer. Jeanette McCracken was the lucky winner and recipient.

Prize winners and their paintings - Chris Daynes (2nd), Haidee-Jo Summers (1st), Roy Connelly (3rd) [L to R]
Prize winners and their paintings – Chris Daynes (2nd), Haidee-Jo Summers (1st), Roy Connelly (3rd) [L to R]

Honourable Mentions

Francesca Heathorn’s red “Phone boxes” (#72)

One of the judges, the artist Colin Self, said that he “couldn’t believe that somebody sitting their engaging with the real had made a work that to him transported him into a really hallucinogenic dream state”, there was something other worldly about it, he was struck powerfully by it, whatever the artist’s intention.

Simon Page’s “Marzanos – the Forum” (#106)

“With so many arresting, charming, extraordinary, transporting, views outside the city environment it was great that one of the artists pulled us up right short into a really direct encounter with bodies, with people, in the crush of an urban environment.” – Amanda Geitner

Cornelia Fitzroy’s “Crome Gallery” (#11) at Elm Hill

“Yours was the cool glass of water,… calm, clarity of … work” – Amanda Geitner

Auction and Exhibition

Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner
Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner

Some of the paintings sold at the Auction event, attended by nearly 200 people, within hours of the paintings being completed – indeed, many were not yet dry, and some may not be for days and weeks to come! Many have subsequently sold at the Exhibition which ran until 2 November at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, however they all remained on display for the duration for viewing the winners, honourable mentions, and those still available for purchase. An online version of the exhibition will follow in due course.

Numbers, e.g., (#53), mentioned above relate to the painting numbers in the Exhibition gallery at the Hostry.

Exhibition wall including Haidee-Jo Summers Norwich Market

2 Week Exhibition and Sale of over 100 Norwich Plein Air Paintings

Plein Air Painting Exhibition, 24 October-2 November, Hostry

The Exhibition and Sale of around 110 artworks from Paint Out Norwich 2014 artists includes works of art painted under intense 3 hour timed conditions at 7 locations across Norwich on 22-23 October by 28 talented and seasoned artist. The Exhibition takes place in the The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral each day over the next 10 days (from Friday 24th October 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 28th October 12-3pm, Sunday 2nd November 10-12noon). The paintings were completed as part of the UK’s first juried entry international en plein air competition.

Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner
Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner

Come and browse, appreciate, and even purchase some of these competition crafted artworks in many media forms and take home a piece of Norwich’s fine city as a work of art.

Works by 28 different artists are on display and dozens have already sold, but they will all remain on display for the full duration of the 10 day Exhibition.

Vote for your favourite artist online or in person at the Exhibition.

Footfall has been tremendous, numbering in the hundreds on some days, even the Bishop of Norwich paid a visit.

Mark Cator photo Paint Out Norwich 2014 slice

Private View, Auction & Exhibition of over 100 Paint Out Norwich artworks

Private View & Auction Event, 23 October

James Colman and Will Buckley in partnership with The Hostry Festival 2014 and Broadland Wineries invite you to the Private View and Auction of the UK’s first juried entry international en plein air competition on Thursday 23rd October 2014, 7-9:30pm

The Private View Exhibition of up to 100 artworks and Auction of around 30 paintings from Paint Out Norwich 2014 artists will include the selection and announcement of the winning paintings and a short talk by art historian and East Anglia Art Fund (EAAF) director Charlotte Crawley. After the auction attendees will be able to mingle with the artists and organisers, and winning bidders will be able to meet the artists who created their purchases. The auction takes place in the The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral.

TW Gaze auctioneers of DissAuction

The Auction will be conducted by TW Gaze of Diss. One work of art by each artist will be auctioned, additional works of merit including the winning paintings may be included at the discretion of the competition judges.  Two additional works per artist will be selected for the Exhibition, which will run for the duration of the Hostry Festival (Friday 24th October – Sunday 2nd November, 9:30am-4:30pm, daily, closing at midday on Sunday 2nd), where they will also be for sale.

Ticket Availability

Tickets are £12 each and include drinks provided by Paint Out Norwich principal sponsor Broadland Wineries, canapés courtesy of EDP Norfolk Restaurant of the Year winner Brasted’s, and delicious champagne truffles from Booja Booja Truffles and Desserts.

STOP PRESS: Tickets are nearly gone for the auction, view and prize giving event event on Thursday.

You can purchase your ticket via the Theatre Royal Box Office on (01603) 598 676. Please also RSVP to auction@paintoutnorwich.org as soon as possible due to limited ticket availability.

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Paint Out Norwich 2014 gets a Seventh Location, The Forum

Seventh Location Added – The Forum

Due to the popularity of submissions – nearly 60 entered, and the high standards of entrants, the Paint Out Norwich team elected to raise the number of competing artists to 31.

To supplement that, the Forum on Millennium Plain, Norwich, has come forward as an additional venue to make it 7 locations across our fine city for the competition on 22-23 October. Read more about the Forum location for Paint Out Norwich 2014.

Not only that, but during the 4 painting sessions spread across the 2 days, 1 artist in each session will be allowed to privilege to paint from the roof (in a harness) gaining a bird’s eye view of Norwich Market, Assembly House, St Peter Mancroft, City Hall, across to the Castle and the panoramic environs.

The EDP ran the story on the seven locations in their 25 September edition.

 

 

Final Artists Selection Announced for Paint Out Norwich 2014

Applications Closed

Applications for the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2014 competition closed at midnight on 1 September.

We had an overwhelmingly positive response from artists near and far. Some 60 applications, about 60% from the broader East Anglia region and others from the rest of the UK and Europe, were received. International interest from farther afield, such as the United States, was also received and as the competition grows in future years we expect further artists to apply and expand the reach of the vision.

Partake or Spectate?

If you didn’t apply, don’t make the final cut, or are just interested in art and live painting en plein air, then why not come along and watch the competitors as they paint on Wednesday October 22 and Thursday, October 23 at the iconic and historic sites around Norwich including Pull’s Ferry, the Norwich Market, The Cathedrals, Elm Hill and the Norwich Castle.

Selection Panel & Process

Between September 1 and 21 the submitted artists were scrutinised by our panel of experts including Will Buckley, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair, in order to select not only the best, but a varied range of styles to make for an interesting and exciting competition that will appeal to both artists and appreciators of art.

Competing Artists Announced

Paint Out Norwich would like to announce that the following 31 artists have been selected to participate in the inaugural 2014 event:

John Behm, Timothy Betjeman, Bryony Birkbeck, Richard Bond, Patrick Boswell, Leon Bunnewell, Roy Connelly, Chris Daynes, Anthea Eames, Katie Falcon, Cornelia Fitzroy, Gerald Green, Mark Greenwood, Jane Hall, Wil Harvey, Francesca Heathorn, Tyga Helme, Mary Kallagher, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Chloe Mandy, Stephen Martyn, Elizabeth Monahan, Simon Page, David Pilgrim, Janet Poole, Michael P Richardson, Graham Rider, Haidee-Jo Summers, Mo Teeuw, Liam Wales, and Philip Wilkinson.

Congratulations to all of them for getting selected. Commiserations, also, to all those who did not make it this time –  please try again next year. The quality and range of submitted previous art work was wonderful and led to difficult decisions for the selectors.

 

Selection Panel & Process for Paint Out Norwich 2014

Applications Closed

Applications for the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2014 competition closed at midnight on 1 September. The “overwhelmingly positive response from artists near and far” has meant hard work for the selection panel.

Selection Panel & Process

Between September 1 and 21 the submitted artists are being scrutinised by our panel of experts including Will Buckley, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair, in order to select not only the best, but a varied range of styles to make for an interesting and exciting competition that will appeal to both artists and appreciators of art.

Competing Artists to be Announced

Paint Out Norwich will announce the final cut of artists from among the nearly 60 who entered in the week beginning 22 September after what will no doubt be an arduous selection task.

 

 

Over 55 Plein Air Artists await the selection panel cut to 25 participants

Submissions Deadline Closes with nearly 60 Artists wanting to participate

September 1 saw the deadline for 2014’s inaugural Paint Out Norwich en plein air art competition close with some 55+ submissions. The whittling down process to a broad range of styles and experience now takes place to select the 25 who will participate during the 22-23rd October “Paint Out” event.

The Selection Panel

The hard task of choosing the competing artists is the job of selection panel members: Will Buckley, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair.

They have to view around 5 pictures from each of the 55+ entrants, that’s 250-275 paintings and 55 biographical summaries to narrow down to the final competitors.

Selected participants will be notified during the week beginning 15th of September.

 

Paint Out Norwich 2014 Painting Competition – Artists Applications Closed

Applications Closed

Applications for the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2014 competition closed at midnight on 1 September.

We had an overwhelmingly positive response from artists near and far. Some 60 applications, about 60% from the broader East Anglia region and others from the rest of the UK and Europe, were received. International interest from farther afield, such as the United States, was also received and as the competition grows in future years we expect further artists to apply and expand the reach of the vision.

We now await the headaches and heartaches of the selection process by the panel of experts including Will Buckley, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair. Good luck to one and all!

The final artists are due to be announced on or about 22 September.

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Announcing Paint Out Norwich 2014

Paint Out Norwich 2014 is a 2-day plein air painting competition at prominent Norwich city venues during the October Hostry Festival, now in its fourth year.

Experienced artists are invited to submit applications by 1st September in order to participate in the open air event which will  feature the following painting locations and their immediate surroundings:

Paint Out Norwich in EDP news story
Photo ©EDP (used by permission)

The days set aside for painting are Wednesday and Thursday 22-23 October 2014 and the public are invited to watch the works in progress.

Prizes to be won:

  • First prize – £1000
  • Second prize – £500
  • Third prize – £250
  • People’s Choice Award – art materials hamper (provided by Norwich Art Supplies)

Judges for the competition include:

  • Trevor Chamberlain, independent leading Plein Air artist
  • Colin Self, internationally acclaimed Norwich-based artist
  • Amanda Geitner, Head of Exhibitions at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA.

In an interview with the EDP James Colman, part of the Paint Out Norwich Selection Team, said:

“This year we thought it would be a good move to take the visual arts into the streets of Norwich. It’s all about getting people excited about visual arts and the festival because there are lots of great things going on. For the first year we thought it would be a popular move to create paintings inspired by the great landmarks of Norwich and see what people come up with, there will be different interpretations and we are interested in new and novel ways of looking at our great landmarks.”

See more from the EDP story of the competition announcement.

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