Plein Air art competition Call to Artists
Paint Out Norwich launches its third-year Plein Air art competition as part of the Norfolk Hostry Festival 2016 calendar of events this October. Entries are now open and submissions will be juried at regular intervals giving artists the earliest opportunity of planning their time in Norwich and getting accepted in one or more of the now three competition events and five prize award categories.
Main Schedule Dates
The main event dates are as follows:
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Saturday 15 October, Workshops\, Seminars & Talks
Sunday 16 October, Artists welcome & induction\, Location scouting\, Practice session & Public ‘paint out’
Monday 17 October, Competition day 1
Tuesday 18 October, Competition day 2
Wednesday 19 October, Framing\, Hanging\, Gala Private View & silent Auction
Message from James Colman
“Paint Out as the first event of the Hostry Festival will continue to innovate and surprise in 2016. Prizes will be awarded for individual categories of medium for the first time, allowing artists recognition in their chosen areas.
We are also introducing a ‘freestyle‘ untimed event to encourage larger work to be made on the streets of the city as well as an expanded Nocturne event to capitalise on the exciting results from last year.
I’m really pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Norwich Framing Centre, Anteros Art Centre and North Café/Bar to provide artists with improved pre-exhibition facilities, workshops, as well as seminars on marketing and social media skills.
Paint Out is the only juried en plein air art competition in the UK. Our ambition is to provide a platform for Plein Air Art in Norwich with a global reach. We look forward to seeing you in October.” – James Colman, Paint Out
New & More Prize Categories
The enhanced range of new prize categories means that there are more opportunities to win and/or push yourself in new areas. There will be separate and distinct winner and runner-up prizes in the following categories or media:
- Oil Painting
- Watercolour & Gouache
- Other including Mixed Media, Acrylic, Pastel, Pen & Ink etc
- Freestyle over 2 days
In addition, there will be Judge’s commendations, a People’s Choice Award, and Spirit of Plein Air team prize. Additional prizes or awards may be announced later but we continue to ensure that there’s plenty of chances of winning and receiving recognition for your art.
Three Art Competition Event Streams
After its successful introduction last year Paint Out continues to encourage experienced and adventurous artists to try their hand at Nocturne painting.
There are now three competition event streams, and artists can enter either the classic Core event or the new ‘Freestyle‘ event, and/or the Nocturne event.
- Core event (judged in three separate media categories)
- Freestyle event over 2 days
- Nocturne event
New ‘Freestyle’ for Larger Longer Artworks
The new ‘freestyle’ event is for larger work of up to 3m2 to be completed without the Core event time limit of three hours per work, instead allowing a full 2 days for its creation. The artwork still has to be wholly completed out of doors, without the aid of photography and signed back in and the end of the day.
“We are looking to push the boundaries of plein air painting and see what it draws out.”
Freestyle art will be judged within its own category, irrespective of media type, and is not in competition with the three Core event media areas. Nocturnes will be judged according to Core event rules.
Expanded Workshops & Seminars
An expanded range of workshops, talks and seminars will seek to make Paint Out Norwich an educational and inspirational, as well as practical, opportunity to explore and improve your art practice.
New Artists Hub
We will be based at Anteros Arts and North Café/Bar, Fye Bridge Street, NR3 1LJ, 500yds from Norwich Cathedral and Hostry. North is a newly opened venture by the team behind Frank’s Bar, described as a:
“brand new creative meeting point in the city, full of tasty food, friendly service and all round general goodness…making North as beautiful, interesting and welcoming a space as possible. We are keen to involve as many local artists and creative makers as we can in the making of North…”