Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition by Matt Dartford

About the Paint Out Norwich & Wells Plein Air Art Competitions

Paint Out Plein Air Art Competition 2017

Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its fourth 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 2017 dates

The Paint Out Norwich 2017 competition, categories, prizes, event dates, and locations, for the plein air painting days during the Hostry Festival 2017 will run Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October with artist workshops on Saturday 14th, a public ‘paintout‘ on Tombland and around the Norwich Cathedral area, Sunday 15th, and a gala private view and art sale on Wednesday 18th October. This will be followed by an art exhibition of over 150 paintings until 28 October at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry each day. The 2016 gallery is now online.

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Paint Out at the RNS 28-29 June weekend

Paint Out 2017 sees a select group of invited artists painting the UK’s largest two-day agricultural fair – the Royal Norfolk Show. With up to 100,000 visitors it is the premier event of its kind. Visit our artists and team around the Show and at the Leathes Prior sponsored Paint Out tent (Avenue 9, Stand 262). There will be an auction of the still-wet fresh art at 3.30pm on Wednesday 28th by Arnolds Keys fine art auctioneers.

Paint Out Norwich 27-28 May weekend

Paint Out Norwich 2017 launched the year with a day of art workshops in perspective drawing, tonal oil painting, and social media skills . The following day saw a full day public ‘paintout‘ around The Market and St Peter’s Street from an open-top double-decker bus!

Paint Out Wells 2017 dates

The Paint Out Wells 2017 competition on the North Norfolk coast offers a weekend-only pop-up event making it more accessible for those with jobs and other commitments. The event runs 15th-17th September with a public and entered artists optional mass paint out on the Sunday. Following that will be paint out artist demonstrations on The Buttlands outside the Crown and the Globe, during the Art Exhibition and Festival including food on the Sunday afternoon.

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Artist Will Topley at Paint Out Wells 2016 by Giacomo Gex on Vimeo.

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Exhibition photo by Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Exhibition photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Prizes & Art Exhibition

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

Our 2016 art exhibition is now over but paintings are being added for view, and a few still for sale, to our online gallery. Over 150 artworks from 34 artists aged 26-75, some of whom – including a mother and daughter pair – took to Pub and Paddle‘s canoes to paint from the waterline of the River Wensum, discovering new and old views of the city alike. Sue Mann, renowned for painting from a bicycle, won this year’s Spirit of Plein Air Award for being the first to take the plunge and paint from a canoe.

This year we innovated again 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 returned for its second year with an increased number of submissions.

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings - photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings – photo by Simon Finlay

The new Freestyle event was won by Robert Nelmes for his widescale painting, “Norwich Market”, and the runner-up second prize went to Brian Korteling for his very urban Magdalen Street flyover, complete with graffiti, “Waiting for the bus”.  This prize category was sponsored by La Ronde Wright.

The returning Nocturne event was won by Tom Cringle for his “Untitled” spire at night, with Michael Richardson‘s “Night Time in the Lanes”, coming second. This prize category was sponsored by Sowerbys.

The Core event was won in Mixed Media by Alfie Carpenter, with runner up Tom Cringle – who also won Second Prize overall, sponsored by La Ronde Wright, lifting his prize total to £500. In Watercolour, Richard Bond‘s “Between the Showers” won, with second place going to Andrew Horrod. The Oils category saw second place go to Roger Dellar, and first place to Chris Daynes for “Yelow Canoe” which also won the overall First Prize and a £1000 in total including his category win, sponsored by Strutt & Parker. We are also grateful to Archant for sponsoring several second placed prizes as well as the Watercolour and Mixed Media categories.

The Paint Out Norwich 2016 competition, with multiple categories, saw 17 prizes in total, old and new locations, and continues to provide artistic challenges and opportunities for both seasoned plein air professionals and aspiring amateur artists. Over 180 artists registered an interest this year, with over 40 being accepted into the third-year of Paint Out Norwich. 33 took part, producing 140+ paintings in the exhibition.

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

Paint Out Register interest

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.

Wells 2017 Register interest Wells 2016 Prizes & Awards Wells 2016 Art Gallery

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 Norwich 2016 - Strutt & Parker, La Ronde Wright, Sowerbys, Archant
Sponsors of Paint Out Norwich 2016 – Strutt & Parker, La Ronde Wright, Sowerbys, Archant
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 100 different artists have taken part in our professional competitions and over 120 in our public paint outs. Our first satellite painting event was Wells-next-the Sea 2015 on the North Norfolk coast. That 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 2017 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.

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Register interest

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 an 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 future events.

 Paint Out Wells 2017 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  © 2017 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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