Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition by Matt Dartford

About the Paint Out Norwich & Wells Plein Air Art Competitions

Paint Out Plein Air Art Competition 2016

Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its third year, is the UK’s premier and only fully juried en plein air art competition, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich, as well as on the beautiful North Norfolk coast at Wells-next-the-Sea.

Plein Air – Art works carried out in the open air – chiefly with reference to painting.

The Paint Out competitions, however, accept any 2-dimensional media or mixed-media applied to a canvas/board/paper embracing drawing, pastels, oils, watercolour, gouache, acrylic, pen and ink, and even screen-printing. Innovation and originality are encouraged alongside traditional art forms.

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Paint Out Norwich 2016

Artist Douglas Boyd Cross at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Douglas Boyd Cross at Paint Out Norwich 2015

This year we are also innovating in Norwich by running a ‘freestyle‘ larger form 2-day event alongside our classic Core event of 4 separate 3-hour painting sessions. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returns for its second year. Read more…

The Paint Out Norwich 2016 competition, with multiple categories, more prizes, old and new locations, continues to provide artistic challenges and opportunities for both seasoned plein air professionals and aspiring amateur artists.

The Norwich competition painting days during the Hostry Festival 2016 will be Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October with artist workshops and talks on Saturday 15th, a public ‘paintout’ on Sunday 16th, and a gala private view and auction on Wednesday 19th October. Register your interest here are now live. Over 180 artists registered an interest with dozens submitting to third-year event.

Artists and public gather outside Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge to view the Paint Out Norwich Tombland artwork - photo by Katy Jon Went
Artists and public gather outside Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge to view the Paint Out Norwich Tombland artwork – photo by Katy Jon Went

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Paint Out Wells 2016

Artist Katie Falcon pastels at Paint Out Wells 2015
Artist Katie Falcon pastels at Paint Out Wells 2015

The Wells-next-the-Sea coastal competition was more of a pop-up guerrilla art event over a painting-packed weekend, 16-18 September. It featured a pre-dawn/sunrise plein air opportunity to capture the quayside docks and boats as the early morning light shifts from blacks, through purples and oranges – a Nocturne, in reverse, if you like! We also added a Wells Beach sunset paintout on Friday 16th (minus the sun, due to the weather!) and a morning paint out trip at Brancaster and Burnham Overy Staithes, and Burnham Market. The amazing Albatros afloat featured as part of the event as well as the Congregational Hall as a secure hub.

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Non-competition artists were also welcome to participate in a painting under pressure of time and light workshop with Michael Richardson, UA on the afternoon of Saturday 17th. Sunday morning saw the public invited to join competition artists at the Wells Quayside sunrise paint out.

Michael Richardson Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went
Michael Richardson Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015

Sponsorship & Partnering with Paint Out

Paint Out is put on and sustained by art-loving founders and team members – some paid, some volunteers, with the aim of supporting the growth of plein air art. To achieve and maintain this we are indebted to our partners and sponsors who have provided funds, prizes, or goods and services-in-kind. If you would like to partner or sponsor current and/or future ‘paint outs’ please contact us.

Sponsors of Paint Out Wells 2016 - Hopkins Homes, Sowerbys, Archant
Sponsors of Paint Out Wells 2016 – Hopkins Homes, Sowerbys, Archant

Volunteering Opportunities

Paint Out is thankful for the hard work of its volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering for our current ‘paint outs’, assisting artists, helping manage the registration desks and paintings, and being part of our arts events can register online or join our volunteers facebook group. It looks great on a CV!

Volunteer at Paint Out

Paint Out History

Paint Out Norwich launched in 2014 and since then well over 70 different artists have taken part in our professional competitions and over 120 in our public ‘paint out’s. Our first satellite painting event was Wells-next-the Sea 2015 on the North Norfolk coast. Last year also saw first-of-its-kind mass public ‘paint outs’ firstly on Wells Beach at sunrise and then, the following month, of some 100 artists, of all ages,  painting the expansive Norwich skyline, from historic Mousehold Heath.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 – Art Exhibition

Judges deliberating at the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition
Judges deliberating at the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition

Paint Out Norwich displayed the art work of 40 artists at a Gala Private View and Art Auction on Friday 23 October 2015 and from 24 October through to December the art is on view at various exhibition venues around Norwich including the Hostry, Maddermarket Theatre and OPEN.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Online Gallery

Paint Out Norwich 2015 – Prizewinning Artists

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition

October 19th-23rd 2015 saw the selection of 40 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. This year, the enlarged pool of artists, painted over 3 days and nights, to include daytime and nocturne painting, a mass “paint out” from Mousehold Heath with around 100 artists overlooking Norwich, youth/student entry prizes, and new location options. Register interest in our 2016 competition.

The 2015 Prize Winners were Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) with judges commendations to Brian Korteling, Gennadiy Ivanov, Liam Wales, additional prizes including the ‘Spirit of Plein Air’ award to Alex Egan.

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Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition

21 artists descended on North Norfolk’s bustling coastal port of Wells-next-the-Sea during this new for 2015 satellite event. Paint Out Wells featured 2 days of competition sessions, a public beach sunrise ‘paint out’, evening gala, awards and auction, and a 2-3 day exhibition during the week of 9-13 September. The artists’ hub was the historic Dutch ship the Albatros, moored on the quay and the Wells Maltings Sackhouse.

The Prize Winners were Lara Cobden (1st), Alfie Carpenter (2nd), Jack Godfrey (3rd) with judges commendations to Susan Mann, Jennifer Sendall, Candide Turner-Bridger, additional prizes went to John Behm, Roy Connelly, and Will Topley. Follow Paint Out Wells on Facebook to see what happened and be first to hear about 2016’s competition.

 Paint Out Wells 2016 Register interest

Mission statement

Paint Out logo 2015
Paint Out logo 2015
Paint Out is a multifaceted arts event that aims to attract national and international talent by its annual events that focus on the challenges imposed by creating work ‘on the spot’ in the urban environment. Paint Out is keen to see a competition that tests artists’ skill and craft to the maximum, promoting the burgeoning UK arts scene, and providing an interactive educational experience. Our expanding events have included schools, public, and professional art competitions, artwork exhibitions and auctions, talks, “Artist’s Question Time”, and open air art workshops.

Paint Out News, Updates & Social Media

You can read our latest blog posts, news and updates here. You can also contact us by Email and follow us on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube to keep up to date with local art exhibitions, progress of the 2016 competition, and news about our artists.

Paint Out  © 2016 is a James Colman Project

Paint Out Norwich 2015 sponsors partners supporters
Paint Out Norwich 2015 sponsors partners supporters, 2016 sponsors to follow…


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