Paint Out Wells 2016 Norfolk plein air Art competition returns 16-18 September

Richard Bond, 'Red, Blue and Yellow' watercolour at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Mark Ivan Benfield

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.

Wells Submit entry   Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

Lara Cobden painting the sunrise at POW15, photo by Katy Jon Went
Lara Cobden, Wells award winner, painting during 2015’s Paint Out Wells sunrise event

Features & Itinerary

Friday 16 September
  • Wells Beach sunset paint out 4-7pm
Saturday 17 September
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

Artist Antonella Beschorner painting Jickling Yard in Wells, Norfolk POW15, Photo by Katy Jon Went
Artist Antonella Beschorner painting Jickling Yard in Wells, Norfolk during Paint Out Wells 2015

Additional artists are still welcome to join those already signed up, until the week of the competition, itself.

Please view the rules and requirements, and apply to take part. We can assist with accommodation advice.

Wells Submit entry   Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

Artists are also welcome to register interest in or apply to take part in the prestigous juried-entry Paint Out Norwich art competition, that runs the following month, 15-19 October 2016.


[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]

2 Week Exhibition and Sale of over 100 Norwich Plein Air Paintings

Exhibition wall including Haidee-Jo Summers Norwich Market

Plein Air Painting Exhibition, 24 October-2 November, Hostry

The Exhibition and Sale of around 110 artworks from Paint Out Norwich 2014 artists includes works of art painted under intense 3 hour timed conditions at 7 locations across Norwich on 22-23 October by 28 talented and seasoned artist. The Exhibition takes place in the The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral each day over the next 10 days (from Friday 24th October 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 28th October 12-3pm, Sunday 2nd November 10-12noon). The paintings were completed as part of the UK’s first juried entry international en plein air competition.

Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner
Exhibition conversation with Haidee-Jo Summers First Prize Winner

Come and browse, appreciate, and even purchase some of these competition crafted artworks in many media forms and take home a piece of Norwich’s fine city as a work of art.

Works by 28 different artists are on display and dozens have already sold, but they will all remain on display for the full duration of the 10 day Exhibition.

Vote for your favourite artist online or in person at the Exhibition.

Footfall has been tremendous, numbering in the hundreds on some days, even the Bishop of Norwich paid a visit.

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