Paint Out Norwich 2018 Prize Awards & Winning Paintings

Paint Out Norwich Award Winners 2018. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

Paint Out Norwich 2018 saw over 275 works of art created by 35 artists, each in 2-4 hours, around 7 iconic locations, and across 4 days of extreme weather, first an Indian summer then freezing downpours for two days, then a return to sun and dry. The 14 prizewinners were sponsored by Leathes Prior Solicitors as well as a local interest prize from Norwich Art Supplies.

Wednesday night saw the Private View and Awards event decked out with Paint Out‘s distinctive contemporary, white-walled shelving, that allows the some-still-wet artworks to be displayed fresh, raw and unframed. Well over a dozen paintings were sold in a short buying spree before the award announcements.

Prizes: First | Oils | Watercolour/Acrylic | Mixed/Other Media | Nocturnes | Unilever/Colman’s | Spirit of Plein Air/Norwich/Public Vote

Paint Out Norwich 2018 Judges

Paint Out Norwich 2018 judges, Sarah Flynn, Tony Robinson, Giorgia Bottinell
Paint Out Norwich 2018 judges, Sarah Flynn, Tony Robinson, Giorgia. Bottinell. Photo © Katy Jon Went

The judges on the night, from the fields of art practice, art history, and fine art sales, were Dr Giorgia Bottinelli, curator of historic art at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Sarah Flynn from Cheffins Art Auctioneers, and artist Tony Robinson of Art in the Open, Ireland.

The judging is a critical part of the jury-entry art event bringing a professional critique, educative commentary, and diverse determinations on the paintings by art world specialists. The independent judges had to agree on the overall winner and individual media category winners. They were also, however, able to nominate a commendation in their own right for a Judge’s Award prize:

  • Sarah Flynn, judge’s choice – Rob Pointon from Crewe for “Diagonal Light on the Seafood Stalls”, at Norwich Market

Sarah Flynn said of the process:

“I thoroughly enjoyed seeing such an interesting and diverse collection of mixed media artworks. I loved the Nocturnes – quite a hard thing to do. It made judging a delightful experience and good to do it with Georgia and Tony. What really came across was the fun all the artists had had and the camaraderie which had built up between them.”

Tony Robinson, an experienced artist himself, said:

“Thanks for the invitation to a marvellous event initiated by you and laid on with a selfless team. It will remain long in the memory and I urge any artist to put Paint Out Norwich in their timetable in their anorak and don’t miss it next year. It is a great platform for plein air painting…I was greatly impressed by the dedication, quality and inventiveness shown by the artists who took part. The organisers had set an artistic assault-course for them to try to portray and interpret the city of Norwich from her bustling market scenes to the academic quarter, and from the medieval streets around Tombland to 1960s slide-rule architecture in concrete, glass and steel. The result was a fascinating exhibition depicting the many facets of the city and several outstanding works of art. I commend the artists and organisers of Paint Out Norwich on a marvellous festival and the foremost plein air painting event in the UK.”

  • Giorgia Bottinelli, judge’s choice – Frances Martin, of Norwich, for “Peregrine Falcon Circling Wellington – with His Beak”, at Upper Close, Norwich Cathedral

Overall Winner, Rob Pointon

Paint Out Norwich Awards 2018 - Rob Pointon, First Prize. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.
Paint Out Norwich Awards 2018 – Rob Pointon, First Prize. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

First Prize, being a combined category and first prize cheque for £500 donated by Leathes Prior, went to Cheshire artist Rob Pointon for his oil painting of Westlegate, “Changing Skyline”. Whilst being a seasoned artist, this was Rob’s first Paint Out. The 36-year-old painter said this of the event:

“PaintOut has been a thoroughly life enriching experience for me, it’s the first time I have entered the competition and despite having competed in other one day painting events was surprised at the intensity of the 5 day competition with back to back days of nearly 12 hours of competitive painting. I don’t normally work alla prima so to push through so many works in a short space of time was a tough but a healthy challenge. Having the competition over a number of days meant I had time to settle in to the beautiful city of Norwich and get past the obvious subjects, but more importantly was to gradually settle into a community of like-minded passionate artists, all giving their all for their craft, but at the same time helping and supporting one another. I have made a number of good friends and look forward to seeing them again at future events. Crammed in-between the intense periods of painting were high-level artist demonstrations and a number of superb lectures by excellent knowledgeable speakers. Before you have chance to catch a breath the work is displayed in the spectacular setting of Norwich Cathedral with wet paint warning signs and a busy Private View. To walk off with a number of prizes including Overall Winner was the icing on the cake! I look forward to future PaintOut events”

Media Category Winners

Paint Out Norwich Category Winners 2018. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.
Paint Out Norwich Category Winners 2018. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

Further prizes, sponsored by Leathes Prior, were awarded in each of 4 categories:


First Prize: Rob Pointon, “Changing Skyline”.

Second Prize: Roger Dellar, “Light Coming Through the Market”. Roger last painted at Paint Out in 2016 when he also won a prize.

Third Prize: Sarah Allbrook. 31-year-old Paint Out first-timer Sarah is based in Cambridge but trained at NUA in Norwich.

Watercolour & Acrylic

First Prize: Shaun Carey, “Norwich Market 1”, painted on the first morning of the 2018 event in his stand-out trademark dark blue acrylic style.

Second Prize: Wendy Kimberley,”Wonky Bridges of Norfolk County”. Fresh from winning En Plein Air Windsor & Eton, Wendy picked up a deserved second place with a dark-styled acrylic daytime painting of St George’s Bridge by NUA.
Mixed & Other Media

First Prize: Alfie Carpenter, “He Shall Not Be Moved”. Marking a successful return to the competition despite a little opposition, on health and safety ground, to so many artists painting Anglia Square – hence the painting title! On the Awards night, he sold four paintings within minutes!

Second Prize: Tom Cringle, “The Memorial”, on St Peter’s Street at the top of the Market. Tom is now a regular Paint Out winner and continues to push his work in new directions at the event.


2018 saw the return for the fourth-time of the popular and innovative nocturne – evening/nighttime painting category that sets Paint Out apart from other competitions.

First Prize: Susan Isaac, “Up The Steps”, painted from the rear of St Peter Mancroft with its eerie gothic feel late at night lit by a single street lamp.

Second Prize: Paul Alcock, “Thorns by Night”, on Pottergate, a now classic local nocturne view with the warm orange glow of its nighttime lighting.

The Unilever Prize

Paint Out Norwich Awards 2018, Unilever Colman's Prize. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.
Unilever Colman’s Prize winners. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

Marking the winding down of Colman’s production operations at the historic site and brand with a heritage stretching back over 200 years, Paint Out was granted access to the early 16th-century Grade I listed Benedictine Priory, Carrow Abbey and its 12th-century ruins on site. Carrow Abbey has been the subject of a number of notable paintings including “the Carrow Abbey hunt”, by the artist Philip Reinagle in 1780.

We are grateful to Unilever for two engraved silver Colman’s mustard pots that were presented to the winners.

First Prize: Alex Atkinson, “Rising from the Ruins”. In 2017, Alex won the Spirit of Norwich Prize at Paint Out.

Second Prize: Kate Gabriel, “Autumn at Carrow Abbey”

Additional Prizes

Paint Out Norwich Awards 2018 Spirit of Plein Air, John Behm. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.
Paint Out Norwich Awards 2018 Spirit of Plein Air, John Behm. Photo credit ©Simon Finlay Photography.

The Spirit of Plein Air award once again went to Taverham-based American artist John Behm for his braving a plunge into the River Wensum by scaling Fye Bridge, in order to rescue another artist’s work and easel!

A further prize, the Spirit of Norwich, sponsored by Norwich Art Supplies was awarded to Hannah Bruce for her diverse collection of artworks of Norwich in various media and styles.

The People’s Choice Exhibition vote went to Sarah Allbrook, who also won the Third Prize in Oils and sold very well at the Exhibition.

The paintings remain on view at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry as part of the Hostry Festival and Paint Out exhibition until 28 October. Last year some 8,000 people saw the 150+ paintings of 2017, with dozens of artworks selling. 

Paint Out Wells 2016 Artist Winners, Prizes & Awards

Judges Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner revealing First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Prize Winners

The Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Artist Prize Winners chosen from over 80 paintings by 19 artists, were: Alfie Carpenter (1st), Tanya Pawsey (2nd), Brian Korteling (3rd) with judge’s commendations to last year’s third placed winner Jack Godfrey and also 2015’s second placed winner Alfie Carpenter -in addition to his first place prize this year.

Paint Out is grateful to local and Shetland artist Nicholas Barnham, and to Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, for judging the high standard and varied styles of work on display. We are of course indebted to our sponsors Hopkins Homes, Archant, and Sowerbys for providing the generous prizes.

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

First Prize – Alfie Carpenter

The Paint Out Wells judges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsor Hopkins Homes for his large 20″x30″ mixed media dawn collage “Hoping For Sun” created on Wells-next-the-Sea quayside.

“I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the response and the accolades for my work. I’m really thankful to Paint Out for the opportunity to create new work in such an exciting way and it was an honour to be working alongside such wonderful artists.
I still can’t quite believe it!” – Alfie Carpenter

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Alfie’s paintings sold out at the Buttlands Exhibition before the Sunday gallery show was half over. The prizes were not announced till 5.30pm but unwittingly the prize-winning painting had already been bought by local Wells Maltings trustee, Nick Skinner and Martin Whiteside. Nick had this to say about his fortunate purchase:

“We enjoyed the Paint Out Wells weekend and as local homeowners it was great to see the artists developing their paintings over time and capturing the town in such different ways. We watched Alfie at work and his painting captured a different view of Wells and one we really liked. We are delighted that others thought so too and would like to congratulate Alfie. Well done to all those involved for a great weekend and we look forward to next year!” – Nick Skinner

Second Prize – Tanya Pawsey

Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey 'Dancing Boats' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey ‘Dancing Boats’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Tanya Pawsey was torn between painting two works side-by-side in the three-hour session and of the two ended up submitting a closely cropped study in oils of bobbing boats dancing in the water and early Sunday morning light on the harboured-sea. She wins the second prize of £500 donated by sponsor Archant for her 10×12″ work entitled “Dancing Boats, Wells”. Tanya described herself as being “over the moon” to have won a prize:

“I’m over the moon that I’ve won a prize as I was already buzzing with pride at having the courage to take part. I’ve won new friends, encouragement, inspiration and funds to invest into new equipment! [L]ooking forward to Paint Out Norwich next month.” – Tanya’s blog

“Winning an award was the last thing I expected so I’m absolutely thrilled! I’m extremely thankful to everyone involved in Paint Out for making it a most inspiring and encouraging event.” – Tanya Pawsey

Third Prize – Brian Korteling

Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling 'The Albatros' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling ‘The Albatros’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsor Sowerbys for his work entitled “The Albatros” created during a high tide that was flooding across the quayside car park next to where The Albatros ship is moored.

“I was delighted and surprised to win 3rd prize. There was some really high quality and interesting work produced over the weekend and it was a pleasure to take part. Will definitely be back in Wells next year for Paint Out.” – Brian Korteling

Brian has also been selected to take part in Paint Out Norwich in October 2016.

Judge’s commendations

Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey 'Up (and Down) the Creek' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey ‘Up (and Down) the Creek’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the two judges: artist Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize going to each of the following highly commended artists: Alfie Carpenter, and Jack Godfrey. The consistency of the judging is demonstrated in the fact that three different judges awarded these same two artists second and third prizes, respectively, at Paint Out Wells 2015.

Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards

Team Award - Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm 'LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Team Award – Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm ‘LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Two further prizes recognising artist’s merits and mettle include an award of £100 to John Behm, as a Team recognition for someone who embodied the “Spirit of Plein Air”, for painting in the cold biting winds and rainy downpours in shorts, in the mud, and in flipflops at dawn on a high tide-flooded quayside. Out of the three Paint Out events in which this award has been given, John has won it twice, he goes the extra mile for his art.

Community Award - Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley 'Dawn, Wells Gantry' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Community Award – Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley ‘Dawn, Wells Gantry’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

In addition, a Community recognition award of £100, also for a second time, went to Will Topley for his capturing of the essence of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Long-time supporter of Paint Out, Michael Richardson, delivered an art workshop and during it also created a painting of one of its participants, who was a popular entrant in Paint Out Norwich 2014. Mary Kallagher was delighted to receive the painting itself as a gift and recognition of her spirit in keeping painting irrespective of hand and eye health issues.

A young 4-year-old art critic also awarded Sue Mann a bag of jelly babies for her favourite painting of a “pink boat”.  Sue Mann received an artist’s commendation at Paint Out Wells 2015, so the young judge has good taste!

For more art prizes and awards check out Paint Out Norwich‘s gala awards night on 19 October.

Paint Out & Cass Art Bursary Prize

Cass Art Shop interior

Cass Art Young Artist Bursary Prize

Cass Art logoCass Art are offering to take a young artist 30 and under (student or otherwise) to the next level of their artistic career by offering an additional prize at Paint Out Norwich this year to the best young artist.

The prize will include free art materials for a year worth £500 to spend online and further opportunities. Cass Art were a sponsor of prizes to young and public entrants at the successful Paint Out Wells Sunrise mass ‘paint out’ in September and the forthcoming public ‘paint out’ at Mousehold Heath, Norwich. The prize is in addition to the chance to win other awards from the £5000 prize pool and the opportunity to have your works displayed and sold at an auction and exhibition over 5 weeks.

Cass Art Mission

Cass Art - Let's Fill This Town With ArtistsCass Art‘s mission to “fill this town with artists” fits well with Paint Out‘s own mission to get more plein air art out on to the streets:

“For nearly 30 years we have been on a mission to fill this country (its cities, towns and villages) with artists.”

Paint Out Norwich Young Artist Entry

Students and artists under 30 are invited to submit to Paint Out Norwich (20-22 October) 3 pictures of previous art and are exempt the £30 participation fee. If you are busy in college you can even just enter our new Nocturne – evening painting competition.

Norwich Submit entry   Norwich Rules   Norwich Core Schedule   Norwich Nocturne Schedule

All media including oils, acrylic, watercolour, pastels, pen & ink, etc that can be applied to board or canvas are eligible for use during the competition sessions. Last year, Bryony Birkbeck even tried screen printing en plein air!

Young Artist Prize Winner at Wells

The artist who won second prize overall at Paint Out Wells 2015 was 25 year old Alfie Carpenter whose mixed media work was in great demand at the after-competition auction and exhibition.

Artist materials at Paint Out Norwich
You provide the coffee, Cass Art will provide the paint!


Paint Out Wells 2015 Partners, Sponsors, Supporters

Paint Out Wells 2015 sponsors partners supporters

Paint Out Partners, Sponsors, Supporters

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.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 | Norwich 2015 | Norwich 2014

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

Paint Out Wells thanks its partners, sponsors, supporters, suppliers and volunteers, including our primary Gold sponsor Savills, Bronze level sponsors – Archant, Hopkins Homes, and Cass Art, and additional brushes prize sponsor Rosemary & Co. Local suppliers who supported us as partners included The Albatros, The Crown (Flying Kiwi Inns), Norfolk and Suffolk auctioneers TW Gaze, and exhibition art hanging experts – artREHANG. Additional suppliers, that delivered clothing, graphic design, printing and more, professionally and speedily are also appreciated. These included Dandis, Hussey & Knights in Norwich, Service Point UK, Special Design Studio, and Zesty Design. Further services were provided at discount by KJW Solutions, MOA Marketing and Mark Benfield. Local Wells shops that kept us in chips and coffee were also much in demand and to whom we are very grateful too.

Albatros | Archant | artREHANG | Cass Art | Hopkins Homes | Rosemary & Co | Savills | The Flying Kiwi Inns | TW Gaze

Paint Out Wells 2015  sponsors partners supporters
Paint Out Wells 2015 sponsors partners supporters

The Albatros

Albatros logoThe Albratros is an historic 19th-century Dutch sailing ship moored at Wells-next-the-Sea harbour quayside. She has a fascinating history and acted as accommodation for some artists and Paint Out team members as well as a social and meeting hub for several days of the competition.


Archant logoArchant are a family-owned news and media group including the Eastern Daily Press (EDP24), Fakenham & Wells Times, and North Norfolk News. The group, which was founded in 1845, has its roots in Norwich as well as most of its 1600 staff. It is the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK and the largest publisher of regional and local lifestyle magazines and associated digital media in the UK. See our media section for several of Archants stories run about Paint Out. Apart from media coverage, Archant also sponsored the Second and Third Prize awards at Paint Out Wells 2015.


art REHANG logoartREHANG has provided professional services to Paint Out Wells 2015 and Paint Out Norwich 2014. They are a bespoke picture hanging and art installation service with over twenty-five years of fine art handling experience, working with art galleries, museums, private collectors, corporate collections, interior designers and artists, to the highest specifications and museum standards.

Cass Art

Cass Art logoCass Art have a mission “to fill every town with artists…encouraging everyone to realise their creative talents…” – a mission close to Paint Out‘s own. Hence they are perfect partners especially around our parallel support of young and student emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to paint alongside seasoned plein air artists at our public paint outs. Cass Art partners with some of the leading art brands across the UK, including The National Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, National Galleries Scotland and Sky Arts. Cass Art provided art voucher prizes for the public and student Sunrise paint outs. We also appreciate Cass Art‘s write up of Paint Out Wells on their blog.

Hopkins Homes

Hopkins Homes logoHopkins Homes sponsored the First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2015. They “truly have East Anglian roots” with their building projects in four local counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

“There’s something about the look of older buildings that appeals to all of us. The design, the scale, the feel – it’s something many architects have forgotten. But not at Hopkins. Our approach is to take all the qualities which have stood the test of time to build homes that are easy on the eye and that blend with their surroundings.” – James Hopkins

Rosemary & Co

Rosemary and Co logoRosemary & Co artists’ brushes are all hand made to the finest quality and come ready for acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolour. There are easily portable plein air pochade sets, specialist sets for botanical, garden, or studio painting, and many more besides. Rosemary & Co sponsored one of our Sunrise ‘paint out’ prizes which was won by Roy Connelly.


Savills logoSavills are well known as property agents across the UK (90 offices) and as global real estate services providers worldwide (600 offices). They have a particular love of Norfolk and the fostering of an “entrepreneurial spirit” among their staff. At Paint Out Wells 2015 they provided the enormous exhibition marquee, sponsored the gala auction, and even lent us an excellent member of staff as a volunteer.

“From the incredible natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads and North Norfolk coastline to the history and culture of Norwich, Norfolk is a fantastic place to live. Whether you want to live in a bustling city, a welcoming market town or a picturesque village the county has so many options including towns such as Holt and Kings Lynn, as well as villages like Brancaster and Holkham.” – Savills

The Flying Kiwi Inns

The Flying Kiwi Inns logoThe Flying Kiwi Inns are a group of award winning independent boutique hotels across Norfolk. We were lucky enough to sample the excellent food on several nights at The Crown as well as at the gala auction night on The Buttlands, at Wells-next-the-Sea. Many of our artists enjoyed refreshments at the bar and restaurant, and the internet and office space provision was essential to our success. Their motto is “making everyone feel welcome” and we were certainly made to feel that.

“Each hotel, combined with an outstanding restaurant, is located in rural and coastal Norfolk where visitors can unwind in idyllic settings surrounded by luxury accommodation and fine dining. The hotels are individually designed to provide a unique luxury environment in an idyllic setting. Collectively, the hotels provide family friendly hotel accommodation, warm customer service and, within the restaurants, excellent award winning food.”

TW Gaze

twgaze logoTW Gaze are a multi-disciplined firm based in the market town of Diss on the Norfolk and Suffolk borders as well as a recently opened brand new office in Wymondham, close to the city of Norwich. The firm’s history and principles have evolved from a background of rural professional work but which has expanded to include valuations together with art and antique auctions (some 2,000 lots a week) to become one of the most renowned within East Anglia. They have provided excellent and entertaining auction services at our gala events in both Norwich and Wells 2014-2015.

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