The 2016 plein air art competition saw 33 artists create over 150 works painted outside in changeable weather across 3 days including the public Tombland paint out.
16 prizes were awarded, the first of which went to Sue Mann, renowned for painting from a bicycle, who 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.
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, for “Guildhall Aglow”, 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 painting of Norwich School playing fields, “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 “The Yellow 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.
In addition, the three judges – David Curtis, Sue Grayson Ford, and Nick Holmes, also commended oil paintings by Jerome Hunt “Cathedral Facade Shadows”, Tanya Pawsey, “Swans from Bishop Bridge”, and the mixed media piece by Claire Stevens, “Oldest Iron Bridge”.
The Paint Out Norwich 2016 competition, with multiple categories, saw 16 awarded 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.
The art exhibition runs from 19-29 October at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, access is also open during other arts, literature, music, and theatre events of the Hostry Festival. Over 140 artworks are on display from the 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.
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 – Alfie Carpenter
The Paint Out Wellsjudges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsorHopkins 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 Outfor 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
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
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 sponsorArchant 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
Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsorSowerbysfor 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.
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 OutWells 2015.
Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards
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.
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.
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/EDPPeople’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.
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.”
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.
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:
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 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.
Archant 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 Archant‘s stories run about Paint Out. Apart from media coverage, Archant also sponsored the Second and Third Prize awards at Paint OutWells 2015.
artREHANG has provided professional services to Paint OutWells 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 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 sponsored the First Prize atPaint Out Wells2015. 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 & 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 airpochade 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 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 OutWells 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 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 Gazeare 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.