Paint Out Art Exhibition at Maddermarket Kitchen & Theatre

Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Theatre photo by Katy Jon Went

Maddermarket Theatre Gallery

The last few days of the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Art Exhibition selection at the Maddermarket Theatre Gallery wall run out soon (28 November). However a wider selection of paintings are available to view in our growing online gallery. All those on display at the Maddermarket venues can be purchased, and many more online are marked as available to buy. Perfect Christmas presents for the art lover? There are over 20 paintings on display locally priced at £400 and under, others climb towards £2000.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Theatre photo by Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Theatre

Maddermarket Kitchen Restaurant

A further selection of art works by Paint Out artists remain on display through December at the Maddermarket Kitchen restaurant that offers breakfast through dinner and presents, therefore, several times of day and evening to view the paintings and possibly combine it with food and drink. Please avoid busy dining times if you have no plans to eat there.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Kitchen photo by Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Kitchen Restaurant

Gallery Opening Times

Maddermarket Theatre
St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR (01603 620917)
November 2-28 10-5pm
(closed Sundays)
Maddermarket Kitchen
20 St John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN (01603 460558)
November 12- 9-2.30pm/6.30-9.30pm
(closed Sundays/Mondays)

Online Art Gallery

Paint Out Norwich 2015 scrolling art gallery
Paint Out Norwich 2015 scrolling art gallery

Our expanding online art gallery is being added to regularly from our stock of over 400 images of Paint Out Norwich and Wells-next-the-Sea competitions. Some 80-90 images are already online and more are being uploaded daily.

Just click on an image to view it full screen. If it is available to buy it will be priced with a red BUY link which will take you to an order form to express interest and select payment options. Clicking on BUY does not complete a sale until agreed payment and collection methods have been arranged, so it is safe to click without commitment.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 art gallery Buy link
Paint Out Norwich 2015 art gallery Buy link

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition Choice People’s Favourite Artist Liam Wales

Artist Liam Wales painting Pottergate at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Artist Liam Wales wins again!

Paint Out People’s Choice winner strikes again, EDP 2015-11-14
Paint Out People’s Choice winner strikes again, EDP 2015-11-14

The Paint Out Norwich Exhibition Vote People’s Choice award was won again in 2015 by artist Liam Wales. When Liam first entered Paint Out in 2014 he was also the overwhelming Archant/EDP People’s Choice vote winner at the Hostry Festival exhibition of paintings. As well as receiving £100 and a Judge’s commendation from David Curtis for his St Giles on the Hill painting (see below) he wins an additional £100 prize cheque, courtesy of Archant. His unmistakable draughtsman-like style of charcoal or pen and ink, with occasional colour wash, has stood out two years running. He has a quirky love of bikes and cars that has seen them feature in many of his works.

Artist Liam Wales - My Surly Bike on Pottergate, £750 16x24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – My Surly Bike on Pottergate, £750 Buy 16×24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

About Liam Wales

Liam says he likes to “work quickly with a fluid line which gives each drawing a particular spontaneity.” Every artist was given 3 hours to complete each art work, and on several occasions Liam has wrapped up early.

“I really enjoyed the interaction with the other artists and the public. Because I like to work quickly, I also enjoyed the restricted timescale for producing the artwork.”

When not out doing en plein air drawings and paintings Liam works doing reconstruction paintings for English Heritage, and as an illustrator in London, “producing hand drawn visuals for Architects who are tired of seeing so many computer generated images.”

Artist Liam Wales - Michael's House 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – Michael’s House, £850 Buy 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

He comes from a long line of artistic family members who have all encouraged him to draw. What he loves about Norwich is its:

“diversity of impressive views and quirky details and a receptive public who seem to like creativity.”

He has recorded many Norwich views including the iconic Royal Arcade, an art work whose detail shows off his architectural and artist’s eye at one and the same time.

Artist Liam Wales - Royal Arcade, £750 16x24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – Royal Arcade, £750 Buy 16×24 Ink & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

All the paintings above are still for sale – use the Buy links to enquire. Other art created by Liam at Paint Out Norwich 2015 include the following sold works of St Giles on the Hill:

Artist Liam Wales - St Giles on the Hill at Night 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – St Giles on the Hill at Night, SOLD 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Liam Wales - St Giles on the Hill 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – St Giles on the Hill, SOLD 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Paintings

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Artists and Paintings ©Matt Dartford

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Paintings & Artists

Paint Out Wells winners prize awards: Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) (L-R) ©Matt Dartford
Paint Out Wells winners prize awards: Eloise O’Hare (3rd), Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) (L-R)

The Paint Out Norwich 2015 Artist 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, and Liam Wales.

Some additional awards recognising artistic spirit and achievement and the Exhibition Vote People’s Choice award will be announced in due course. [Update 14 Nov 2015, this was won by Liam Wales for the second year running]

First Prize – Richard Bond

Artist Richard Bond - Winged Victory 13x20 Watercolour on Paper Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Richard Bond – Winged Victory 13×20 Watercolour on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

The Paint Out Norwich judges awarded Richard Bond the £1,500 First Prize donated by sponsor Chris Hind for his 13″x20″ watercolour on paper painting “Winged Victory”, a Norwich monument to lives lost in the Boer War on Agricultural Hall Plain, near Anglia TV.

Richard lives locally in Norwich and has entered all our competitions to date and also delivered a watercolour painting workshop at Paint Out Wells. He described himself as “stunned but delighted” and also had this to say:

“Congratulations to the other winners and my thanks to the organisers, judges and all the artists taking part for your encouragement, inspiration and companionship throughout the week. A tough but great week, thoroughly enjoyed it”.

More about Richard and his paintings on his website.

Second Prize – Mo Teeuw

Artist Mo Teeuw - View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath 14x18 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Mo Teeuw – View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath 14×18 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Mo Teeuw, is a veteran of Paint Out Norwich 2014, and this is the second painting competition within the last few weeks she has won a prize at.  She won the Second Prize of £1000 donated by sponsor Strutt and Parker for her 14×18″ oil painting of “View of Norwich from Mousehold Heath”, done at our Mousehold Heath mass ‘paint out’.

Mo writes on her blog that:

“the last thing I was expecting was to win anything as the standard was so high so, I was more than shocked to win overall second prize and delighted I must say. Paint Out Norwich is one of the most organised and best put together events I have ever been to. There is such a fantastic team of people that work so well together – and they are SO nice. If you are even just a little bit tempted to apply for next year’s event, I would say – ‘go for it’.”

Third Prize – Eloise O’Hare

 Artist Eloise O'Hare - Chocolate Arcade 18x26.5 Pen, Ink & Watercolour on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield

Artist Eloise O’Hare – Chocolate Arcade 18×26.5 Pen, Ink & Watercolour on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Eloise O’Hare was awarded the Third Prize of £500 donated by sponsor Jamieson’s Property Search for her pen, ink and watercolour, work invitingly titled “Chocolate Arcade”. It was completed under the shelter of the Art Nouveau-styled Royal Arcade on a day when the weather was challenging to say the least.

Eloise has been on Future Radio to talk about her prize and the Paint Out competition and described herself as “amazed” by her “5 sales and a Prize in a week.”

Nocturne Prize – Michael Richardson

Artist Michael Richardson - Dove Street 12x10 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Michael Richardson – Dove Street 12×10 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Michael Richardson is another veteran of all of our events to date and has also twice delivered oil painting workshops for Paint Out. He was awarded the inaugural Nocturne First Prize of £1000 donated by sponsor Mills & Reeve for his after sundown painting of “Dove Street”.

Michael is passionate and eminently professional about plein air, and says he cannot “wait for next year”.

Paint Out Norwich 2016

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Judges Commendations

Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the three judges: David Curtis, Marcus Dickey Horley, and Amanda Geitner, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize, courtesy of sponsor Archant, going to each of the following highly commended artists: Gennadiy Ivanov, Brian Korteling, and Liam Wales.

  • David Curtis chose Liam Wales – “St Giles on the Hill”
Artist Liam Wales - St Giles on the Hill 16x24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Liam Wales – St Giles on the Hill 16×24 Ink, Watercolour & Charcoal on Paper at Paint Out Norwich 2015
  • Marcus Dickey Horley chose Gennadiy Ivanov – “Autumn at Wensum River”
Artist Gennadiy Ivanov - Autumn at Wensum River 32x32 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Gennadiy Ivanov – Autumn at Wensum River 32×32 Oil on Canvas at Paint Out Norwich 2015
  • Amanda Geitner chose Brian Korteling – “Sovereign House”
Artist Brian Korteling - Sovereign House 16x16 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Mark Ivan Benfield
Artist Brian Korteling – Sovereign House 16×16 Oil on Board at Paint Out Norwich 2015

100 Artists Paint Norwich from Mousehold Heath mass Art Event

Artists on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Mousehold Heath filled with 100 Artists

A fantastic turnout of well over 90 people, by some counts 100+, amassed on Mousehold Heath yesterday. Not a reenactment of the 1549 Kett’s Rebellion but a mass art event with dozens of artists painting side by side the skyline views of Norwich before a beautiful sunset descended.

Artists painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artists painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
DSC_0076 Artist Andrew Horrod painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
DSC_0076 Artist Andrew Horrod painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

The light changed frequently adding to the en plein air challenge of painting a changing scene with the distraction of public gaze, press filming, bemused dog-walkers, and kids either rolling on the green hillside or picking up crayons to draw their own young masterpieces.  The attraction of the varied views and inspiration of so many fellow artists of all ages and abilities made the event a resounding success, and one we will no doubt repeat.

One of the judges for Paint Out‘s core and nocturne event prize awards, David Curtis, also took up his easel and palette to paint. Renowned local ‘pop artist’ Colin Self was also about the Heath planning to do a brass rubbing.

The Big Draw

Artist Jack Godfrey draws the skyline from Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Jack Godfrey draws the skyline from Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

The event proved to be a big draw, bringing people not just from Norfolk but several driving 3-4 hours from Kent and Yorkshire just to take part in the public spectacle. October is also the month of the world’s biggest drawing competition – The Big Draw, with events taking place all month, so it was appropriate for art in all its forms from pens to paint, brass-rubbing to mixed media collage, to be taking place on the Heath.

Art for All Ages and Abilities

Artist Susannah Sendall creating art on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Susannah Sendall creating art on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015

Unlike our juried entry main Plein Air competition this event was open to all-comers by prior registration and nearly 60 signed up to join around 40 Paint Out artists. Many just showed up on the day and braved the initially ominous but turning-out-to-be beautiful weather. All ages from 5 to 85 were represented including whole families treating art on the Heath as a creative day out. Picnic blankets filled with pens and paints, rather food and fizz, filled the undulating slopes as people sought the best positions to paint the landscape.

Three generations of one family took part – from grandmother to mother and daughters. The artistic East Anglian Sendall family also included a mother and daughter pairing, Jennifer and Susannah Sendall, taking part in the main competition as well.

Media Frenzy

Both uses of the word media were in evidence as most forms of media were represented. Artists using oils, paints, pastels, pens, papier mache, glue, grass, and even a beer can, meant mixed media was much in evidence in the creation of art works. Meanwhile, radio, TV, photographers and videographers grabbed footage of the rolling hills and heath filled with artists and families on a fun day out for all.

Mustard TV report: Masterpieces on Mousehold: 100 budding artists gather to ‘Paint Out Norwich’

Cass Art Sponsorship

Artist Susannah Sendall's Heath Noir at Paint Out Norwich and Cass Art Mousehold Heath plein air art event
Artist Susannah Sendall’s “Heath Noir” at Paint Out Norwich and Cass Art’s Mousehold Heath plein air art event

Cass Art were our sponsors for the event, their mission being to “fill this town with artists”, the hills were indeed filled with artists of all ages and who gratefully received Cass Art discount vouchers and later next week will also be awarded Cass Art prizes to spend online or at Cass Art stores.

Several artists had clearly shopped there before as some Cass Art bags were in evidence on the heath alongside the Paint Out bags.

The public Mousehold works were displayed at OPEN and the main competition artists paintings are on display at various venues across Norwich throughout October and November.

Public Mousehold Heath artworks on diplay at OPEN for Cass Art/Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Katy Jon Went
Public Mousehold Heath artworks on diplay at OPEN for Cass Art/Paint Out Norwich 2015

Café Britannia

The Paint Out artists were well fed courtesy of Café Britannia and quite a number of artists turned their backs on Norwich, which at times became contre-jour and instead chose to paint the Victorian Prison or Barracks turned café. The former home of the Royal Norfolk Regiment barracks is an imposing red brick building almost matching the Autumnal colours of the trees in seasonal change.

Paint Out and Cass Art mass painting event at Mousehold Heath outside Cafe Britannia
Paint Out and Cass Art mass painting event at Mousehold Heath outside Cafe Britannia

“Café Britannia is a shabby chic café offering freshly cooked British cuisine. Open 7 days a week, the café is staffed by category D low risk prisoners, that have volunteered to learn new skills, improve their lives and make a fresh start. All tips and profits generated from the café go to rehabilitating prisoners and charitable causes.”

Public Art Exhibition at OPEN

The Paint Out competition artworks will be displayed alongside the core and nocturne painting events of the last few days at the Cathedral Hostry gallery exhibition show of nearly 200 artworks from Saturday 24-30th October. The Mousehold public artworks will be displayed from Tuesday 27th till Saturday 31st October at the OPEN venue (20 Bank Plain, top of London Street, Norwich NR2 4SF).

Autumn Sunset over Norwich Cathedrals from Mousehold Heath
Autumnal sunset over Norwich Cathedrals from Mousehold Heath as Paint Out artists departed

 

Pop Artist Colin Self joins Paint Out Norwich events

Colin Self, Waiting Women and 2 Nuclear Bombers (Handley Page Victors), 1962, Oil on board

Pop Artist Colin Self joins Paint Out Norwich events

Colin Self, Large Harvest Field with two Hay Bales at Happisburgh, Norfolk, 1984 Oil (with some straw in paint)
Colin Self, Large Harvest Field with two Hay Bales at Happisburgh, Norfolk, 1984 Oil (with some straw in paint)

It is with great pleasure that Paint Out Norwich welcomes the involvement of the well known Norfolk and internationally acclaimed artist Colin Self. Colin was a judge at Paint Out Norwich 2014 and this year he has graciously agreed to be a guest artist at both the Tuesday and Wednesday evening nocturne competition sessions and at the public mass Mousehold Heath ‘paint out’ which is already expecting some 70-80+ artists of all ages and abilities to paint Norwich from the Heath on the Friday afternoon (22 October). Colin envisages basing himself around Norwich Castle for the two nocturne evenings 6.30-9.30pm on 20-21 October.

In 2009, Colin was invited to create a new graduation mace for the Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA, now NUA). Its handle was made to resemble Norfolk reeds to be “reminiscent of this beautiful place,” said Colin.

“We chose Colin to design the mace because he has an international reputation as a fine artist and is an ex-student from the old Norwich School of Art and Design.” – David Girling from NUA

About Colin Self the Artist

Colin Self artist
Colin Self

Colin Self is a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor and painter. He is best known as a ‘Pop Artist’, whose work addressed the theme of Cold War politics. He studied first at Norwich Art School and in 1961 he entered the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Artist Richard Hamilton called him:

“the best draughtsman in England since William Blake.”

Whilst at the Slade, he met artists, David Hockney and Peter Blake, who greatly admired Self’s paintings. He went on to become one of the forerunners, along with the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, of the ‘Pop Art’ movement.

In 1962 and 1965 he travelled to the Canada and the USA with David Hockney which heightened his consciousness of Cold War politics. Events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and CND marches led him to create highly-innovative works including a series of drawings that had imminent nuclear destruction as a theme whilst others contained Art Deco cinema interiors or hot dogs.

He also produced works “featuring apparently harmless motifs from contemporary life and consumer society which at times convey an unexpected atmosphere of violence and sexual threat. His intention was to produce a detailed record of his society which, in the event of its destruction, would convey its essential qualities to anyone coming across his work in the future.”

Return to Norwich, Norfolk

Colin Self, Norfolk Landscape with Cow, 1984 Mixed Media, Oil and model cow
Colin Self, Norfolk Landscape with Cow, 1984 Mixed Media, Oil and model cow

In 1965, disillusioned and suspicious of the commercial art world, Self returned permanently to Norwich and spent most of the 1970s in artistic solitiude where Norfolk has been his “spiritual and visual inspiration” which he has portrayed in watercolours, charcoal, and mixed media including a toy cow!

“The landscape in some ways is my visual script. Hidden in there behind the lie of the land is not only my past but the past of everyone, my future and my energy.” – Colin Self, BBC interview

During this time both “his subject matter and his repertoire of techniques continued to expand, taking in atmospheric Norfolk landscapes, still-lifes and quirky observations of human behaviour.”

In the politically charged 1980s he visited the Soviet Union for inspiration returning to produce some surrealist collage works which seem “remarkably prescient in the light of events” such as 9/11, and yet he also created works with humour and a lighter touch.

Since 2000, he has worked on his ‘Odyssey/Iliad’ multiple-plate etchings series aiming to re-tell Homer’s classical story using contemporary images.

He has been exhibited at the Tate Gallery (1995) where several of his works reside in their collections, and Pallant House Gallery (2008).

Artists Mass Paint Out on Mousehold Heath, Norwich

Artists Brian Korteling and James Colman on Mousehold Heath for Paint Out Norwich ©Mark Ivan Benfield

Paint Out Norwich Mass Art Event on Mousehold Heath

Karen Adams and Will Topley at Paint Out Wells Public Sunrise Art Event
Karen Adams and Will Topley at Paint Out Wells Public Sunrise Art Event

Following up on the successful mass Sunrise ‘paint out’ at Norfolk’s Wells-next-the-Sea as part of Paint Out Wells 2015, Paint Out are holding a similar event for artists of all ages and abilities at Paint Out Norwich, October 22, 1:30-4:30pm. Register to take part for free.

Over 40 Paint Out Norwich competition artists will join members of the public – amateur and keen artists alike, in a mass painting session on historic Mousehold Heath with its expansive skyline views overlooking the city of Norwich taking in the towering spire of Norwich Cathedral.

Cass Art Prize Sponsorship

Cass Art logoOnce again, as Cass Art did at the Wells sunrise event, Cass Art have announced that they will supply substantial art voucher prizes to reward a range of public artists, young and adult alike, with art supplies to keep their talent growing. Cass Art are also sponsoring an art bursary prize for the best young artist 30 or under at the Paint Out Norwich competition.

Mass ‘Paint Out’ Sparks Media Interest

Painters of all ages invited to take part in open-air art event in Norwich, EDP, 13 October 2015
Painters of all ages invited to take part in open-air art event in Norwich, EDP, 13 October 2015

Already the mass ‘paint out’ is attracting press attention having been discussed on BBC Radio Norfolk and made the front and inside pages of the Norwich Evening News & Eastern Daily Press this week.

Over 55 public artists have already registered and people can still register until the day itself. One entire family from age 5 upwards have registered to truly make this an all-age event with others as old as 85 taking part.  Another family is represented by three generations of grandmother, mother and daughters, of whom, two are also entering the core competition!

The Heath will therefore could be filled with over 90 combined artists painting the landscape in pastels, oils, watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, mixed media, drawing or anything else that can be applied to canvas/board/paper. October is also the month of the world’s biggest drawing festival the Big Draw art event whose theme this year is “every drawing tells a story”. Last year’s Norwich competition even saw plein air screen-printing! You can bring canvas, board, paper, sketchpad, or anything else on which to make art, that can be hung on a wall at the OPEN venue in Norwich, Tuesday 27 – Saturday 31 October.

View the event on Facebook and sign up to take part for free.

Historic Mousehold Heath

Mousehold Heath has featured in significant Norwich history in several centuries stretching back nearly 900 years.  From William of Norwich in 1144 to the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 and in 1549 it served as a launchpad for the Kett’s Rebellion. If this Paint Out event continues to gather pace it will be a significant mass gathering and historic open air art event itself.

Norwich School of Artists

Mousehold Heath from Silver Road, painted by John Sell Cotman, 1810
Mousehold Heath from Silver Road, painted by John Sell Cotman, 1810

Both Mousehold Heath itself and the view of Norwich from it have featured in 19th century paintings by several members of the Norwich School of Artists including John Crome and John Sell Cotman. Paint Out‘s mission is to reinvigorate and redefine en plein air art for the 21st century and its growing Plein Air competitions and public art event inclusivity mean that it is well on its way to bringing art to the masses, just as the Norwich School of Artists in 1803 was Britain’s first provincial art movement founded by and for working-class artists. They even held their first art meeting in the The Hole in the Wall tavern.

John Crome began life as the son of a weaver and went from being an apprentice sign-painter to being collected and exhibited in The Tate Gallery, Royal Academy and by the philanthropist and politician Jeremiah James Colman, a scion of the famous Colman’s Mustard family. The works he amassed were eventually donated to the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

View the event on Facebook and sign up to take part for free.

Norwich from Mousehold Heath, Norfolk, painted by Ernest Haslehust, 1920
Norwich from Mousehold Heath, Norfolk, painted by Ernest Haslehust, 1920

 

 

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea secures Albatros Ship as Artists’ Hub

The Albatros at Well-next-the-Sea Quay, Norfolk

All Aboard the Albatros!

The Albatros moored at Wells-next-the-Sea, Photo © Katy Jon Went
The Albatros moored at Wells-next-the-Sea

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea is to board the Albatros during its inaugural September Plein Air arts event on the North Norfolk coast. The Albatros is a late 19th century Dutch cargo ship built in 1899. The North Sea clipper, being of Dutch origins is spelled Albatros, not the English ‘albatross’.

She is one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat, albeit now permanently moored alongside the quay of picturesque Wells-next-the-sea. The quayside coastal mooring provides stunning 360° views of the fishing village, salt marshes and historic harbour area, and now provides on-board accommodation in the old crew quarters, a bar, restaurant, and music venue.

The Dutch Captain, Ton Brouwer, serves many authentic dishes from the Netherlands including pancakes and his mother’s homemade soup recipes. In addition, he serves his real ales from his adopted home-county supplied by Woodforde’s Brewery in Woodbastwick. Woodforde‘s was originally named after Parson James Woodforde of Weston Longville in Norfolk, whose personal diaries described his 18th century passion for fine food and hearty ales, often home-brewed.

Albatros as Artistic HQ for Paint Out Wells

The Albatros will provide a suitably quirky and historic event hub during the Paint Out artists’ painting days of 9th-11th September and will hopefully inspire their creative output and sustain their endeavours with the ship’s supplies of food and drink! Artists can still register or apply to take part in the juried-entry competition by 31 July.

The Albatros Ship, Dutch speciality menu, Wells, Norfolk
The Albatros Ship, Dutch speciality menu, Wells, Norfolk ©KatyJon

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Ship’s Log – Dates in Albatros History

The Albatros was first built as a cargo clipper for Captain Johannes Muller of Middelharnis, near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The Albatros, rigging detail, Wells, Norfolk © Katy Jon Went
The Albatros, rigging detail, Wells, Norfolk ©KatyJon

Surviving World War I, the ship changed hands in 1920 and under Danish ownership gained her first engine in 1993 to augment her sails. In 1941 she was sold again by then Captain Lolk to another Dane, Captain Rasmussen, who kept her trading throughout World War II.

Rasmussen also used the Albatros to rescue Jews and carry political dissidents from Nazi-occupied Denmark to neutral Sweden returning on those round-trips with guns and explosives for the Danish Resistance secreted among the cargo.

Albatros purchased by Ton Brouwer

Rasmussen retired in 1978, but after a couple of years laid up in Copenhagen, in 1980, Ton Brouwer purchased the Albatros and sailed her to Amsterdam, in his native Netherlands. Brouwer, originally from near Gouda, had started life as an academic teaching German literature in Amsterdam but was determined to not be –

“trapped between four walls for the rest of [his] life…and wanted to do something with [his] hands.” (Source: EDP)

After four years of complete restoration the Albatros was recommissioned in 1987 as a sailing cargo vessel and over the next decade become “Europe’s last cargo ship under sail in the Home Trade and the Baltic trade”.

The Albatros Ship below decks, Well-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
The Albatros Ship below decks, Well-next-the-Sea, Norfolk © Albatros

Her first cargo after restoration was sailing soya beans to Macduff, Scotland. Brouwer took to recommissioning lives as well as the ship by taking on disaffected young offenders as crew.

Albatros visits Wells-next-the-Sea

From 1990 the Albatros became a regular visitor to the port of Wells bringing in over 100 cargoes from Europe. On September 5th 1996 the Albatros “delivered 100 tons of soyabean meal from Rotterdam to the North Norfolk port of Wells-next-the-Sea. Those who stood on The Quay two days later and watched her sail back to Holland were present at an historic moment: The Albatros was the last sail driven cargo ship in Europe and this marked the end of her 98 year career as a freight carrier.” What finally finished the cargoes to Wells was BSE – mad cow disease, and the closure of Wells as a commercial port.

Albatros as Education Afloat

By 1998 the Albatros was re-licensed as a passenger ship and until 2000 was chartered by Greenpeace for children’s environmental education along the coast of Holland.

Albatros returns to Wells-next-the-Sea

From 2001 the Albatros became permanently based at Wells-Next-The-Sea, still sailing but as an educational venture under the auspices of The Albatros Project Trust.

The Albatros Ship-Restaurant, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
The Albatros Ship-Restaurant, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk ©KatyJon

The Trust dissolved in 2005 and the Wells Harbour Commissioners and North Norfolk District Council granted Ton Brouwer his license to trade as a dining and entertainment venue. In as interview with the EDP he said:

“From the first moment I felt at home in Wells…I think it was a combination of things. It is a lot like where I come from in Holland. There was a lot of reclaimed marshland there and there is around Wells as well. The people were very open and very friendly to us. I think it is because they have always been open to visitors from the sea.”

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

This September, 9-11, the Albatros sees yet another temporary shift in purpose as it becomes the daily hub for up to 30 artists across the 3 production days of the Plein Air arts competition that comes to Wells for the first time this year. Paint Out began with Paint Out Norwich in 2014 during the October Hostry Festival and this year has chosen Wells-next-the-Sea as an exciting satellite event opportunity.

The Paint Out team hope that the Albatros will serve as an original and spectacular hub location and celebrate the Norfolk-Netherlands connection and shared traditions of  both the ship and en plein air painting.

Media covers emerging Paint Out Norwich 2015 details

Mustard News previews Paint Out Norwich 2015 & interviews organiser James Colman, 31 March 2015

TV & Press cover Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition details

Regional press and television – the EDP, Norwich Evening News, and Mustard TV – covered the announcement of further details about this year’s Paint Out Norwich en plein air painting competition.

Mousehold Heath, Norwich

Paint Out Norwich 2015 announcement, Norwich Evening News, 31 March 2015
Paint Out Norwich 2015 announcement, Norwich Evening News, 31 March 2015

Mousehold Heath, overlooking Norwich’s historic views, will be among new and additional locations taken on by up to 50 jury-selected artists.

Mousehold Heath set to feature in return of art competition celebrating Norwich … including a mass painting event which will see all the artists gather together at Mousehold Heath to paint the city’s skyline on October 22″, Norwich Evening News

In Tudor times, Mousehold Heath once stretched as far north as South Walsham and was then 22 miles round in size. It is a historic site that has been a part of a battle, Peasants’ revolt and was the location of the 16,000  men of Kett’s rebellion before they stormed Norwich.

Mousehold Heath has featured in famous paintings by several of the Norwich School of Artists, including John Crome and John Sell Cotman, as well as the Norwich born novelist and artist, and former Lord Mayor, RH Mottram.

Up until the early 1900s, Mousehold Heath was open countryside with few trees –

“a classic heathland landscape. The area was kept open by grazing animals and by local people collecting bedding and feed for livestock and fuel for the winter. As the way people lived changed, these traditions disappeared. This resulted in a gradual loss of open heath to scrub and woodland.” Read more about Mousehold Heath’s history and conservation.

Norwich Nocturne Painting Challenge

James Colman, who organises Paint Out Norwich with Will Buckley, said:

Moonlight in Norwich, John Crome, Norwich School of Artists
Moonlight in Norwich, John Crome, Norwich School of Artists

“We are very excited about doing Paint Out Norwich again and that we are expanding it to include more artists. We are also going to diversify the programme so that we keep our core event from last year but on top of that we are going to have a select number of artists doing a nocturnal event that will run parallel to the day event.”, Norwich Evening News

“On two nights there are going to be a limited number of artists out on the streets painting illuminated Norwich“, Mustard TV

Confirmed Paint Out Competition Details

It is confirmed therefore, that the 2015 Paint Out Norwich competition will have 3 painting days and 2 nights 20-22 October, with an auction and exhibition in the 2 weeks following.

“Just by the sheer enthusiasm of people in Norwich responding well to all the artists’ work we feel this is an exciting prospect and I think it will grow and grow– James Colman, Mustard TV

Paint Out Norwich Returns, 2015 Competition Dates Announced

Paint Out Norwich, October 2015, press media launch, Mousehold Heath, Norfolk

After the success of Paint Out Norwich last year, Norfolk’s premier “Plein Air” art (painting and other media) competition returns 19-23 October 2015.

 

Paint Out Norwich 2015 co-founder, James Colman, painting en plein air at Mousehold Heath media launch
Paint Out Norwich 2015 co-founder, James Colman, painting en plein air at Mousehold Heath media launch

 

This year’s competition will run during the week of 19 October and will see more artists, additional locations, and new features to be confirmed over the course of this month. The event will again culminate in a gala, auction, and an exhibition of the artists’ work to continue two weeks after the event.

The en plein air Norfolk-based art competition aims to attract national and international talent with this growing annual event that focuses on the challenges imposed by creating work “on the spot” in the urban environment, fast-changing light, and prevailing  weather conditions.

As well as the competition itself, Paint Out Norwich aims to promote the local Norwich and Norfolk arts scene, and provide a dynamic interactive educational experience for onlookers.

Read the full press release announcing Paint Out Norwich 2015 competition dates and taster details.

 

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