Between 9-1pm over 30 Plein Air artists will paint a number or areas around Norwich that are either newly developed or about to disappear and be redeveloped. These include Heritage & Higher Education sites, NUA/Monastery site, Castle, Regimental Museum, Strangers Hall, Dragon Hall etc. Watch the artists painting in the open air and see their finished artworks first at the private view & art awards (17th) or afterwards at the Cathedral Hostry exhibition (18-28th).
Between 9-1pm over 30 Plein Air artists will paint a number or areas around Norwich that are either newly developed or about to disappear and be redeveloped. These include Anglia Square, HMSO, Archant-EDP building, Westlegate, and Riverside. Watch the artists painting in the open air and see their finished artworks first at the private view & art awards (17th) or afterwards at the Cathedral Hostry exhibition (18-28th).
Paint Out Wells 2016 Painting Festival
The North Norfolk plein air painting and art competition returns in September. This year, the theme is light and time and we plan to paint from sunrise to sunset across the weekend – well, in reverse actually! Some places remain for artists still wanting to enter the Paint Out Wells 2016 art event.
Features & Itinerary
Friday 16 September
- Wells Beach sunset paint out 4-7pm
Saturday 17 September
- Brancaster Staithe & Burnham Market paint outs 9-1pm
- Wells Town paint out 3pm-6pm/4-7pm
- Painting workshop with Michael Richardson, UA on working in changing light and under time pressure, ideal for dawn, dusk, nocturne and weather-conscious artists 3-7pm (open to non-competition artists for a workshop participation fee)
Sunday 18 September
- Wells Quayside sunrise paint out 6-10am (open to public for a small fee)
- Art Exhibition and Sale on the Buttlands 2-7pm
- Pop-up paint out on the Buttlands 3-6pm
Call to Artists
Additional artists are still welcome to join those already signed up, until the week of the competition, itself.
[The cover photo is of Paint Out Norwich 2015 winner- artist Richard Bond‘s watercolour painting of Wells Beach huts titled ‘Red, Blue and Yellow’, during Paint Out Wells 2015]
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:
|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…”
Enter the 2016 Competition here
Cass Art Young Artist Bursary Prize
Cass 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‘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.
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