Paint Out Norwich 2016 Artists Prize Award Winners

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings - photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Awards and private view at the Hostery, Norwich Cathedral. Photo Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Awards and private view at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral – Photo by Simon Finlay

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.

Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings - photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2016 Winning Artists and Paintings – Photo by Simon Finlay

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.

Tom Cringle, Untitled, Paint Out Norwich Second Prize overall, Nocturne First Prize - Photo by Katy Jon Went
Tom Cringle, Untitled, Paint Out Norwich Second Prize overall, Nocturne First Prize – Photo by Katy Jon Went

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 Bonds painting of Norwich School playing fields, “Between the Showers”, won, with second place going to Andrew Horrod.

Chris Daynes, The Yellow Canoe, Paint Out Norwich 2016 Oils and Overall First Prize - Photo by Katy Jon Went
Chris Daynes, The Yellow Canoe, Paint Out Norwich 2016 Oils and Overall First Prize – Photo by Katy Jon Went

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.

 

Paint Out Wells Exhibition Vote People’s Choice Prize to Chris Daynes

Chris Daynes Paint Out Wells 2015 ©Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells People’s Choice Prize

As part of Paint Out Wells 2015 some 100 competition artworks by the artists were displayed during a weekend Exhibition at which members of the public were encouraged to vote for their favourite artist’s work on display. Hence the prize was both democratic and not influenced by either the judges or team. The winner by a fair margin was Chris Daynes to whom a £200 prize has been awarded.

Other artists in the top running, as voted for by the general public, were Richard Bond, Tom Cringle, Lara Cobden – the overall winner, Jane Hodgson, Tony Robinson, and Will Topley – who also won recognition for having captured the spirit of Wells-next-the-Sea. For other artist prize awards at Wells see here.

Artist Chris Daynes

Chris Daynes competed in both Paint Out Wells 2015 and Paint Out Norwich 2014 – at which he won the second prize. Chris is a seasoned en plein air painter who works all over England in all weathers, “always a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable experience, very social and never dull”, he says.

Chris was born in Hove, Sussex but educated in Norfolk in the 1960s – a place he still describes as his “spiritual home“. An Honours Degree in Fine Art at Leeds College of Art followed. Since giving up teaching in 2001 he has been fortunate to be able to paint full time. He is a former Prize Winner at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Show at the Mall Galleries, London.

He describes himself as “an ‘on the spot’ painter, making sketches and informative visual notes in oils as work in its own right and also resources for working up into larger pieces” whose “work aims to reflect or react to the many sensations received over a period of time in the landscape when different events occur – flights of birds, noises, visiting people, changes of light and times of day.”

Chris’s Paintings at Wells

Chris painted five works at Wells-next-the-Sea of which the first two below were particularly commended by Exhibition visitors.

 Chris Daynes Fine Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 12x16 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield

Chris Daynes Fine Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 12×16 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Wells Tide Recorder Station Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 11x14 Oil on Board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Wells Tide Recorder Station Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 11×14 Oil on Board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Unsettled Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 8x10 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Unsettled Weather, Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 8×10 Oil ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Contrail at Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote Peoples Choice 11x14 Oil on board ©Mark Ivan Benfield
Chris Daynes Contrail at Wells Paint Out Wells 2015 Exhibition Vote People’s Choice 11×14 Oil on board ©Mark Ivan Benfield

Paint Out Norwich 2014 Winners and Prizes

Prize winners and their cheques - Chris Daynes (2nd), Haidee-Jo Summers (1st), Roy Connelly (3rd) [L to R]

Challenges of the Competition

The inaugural Paint Out Norwich competition saw a high standard of work among the over 100 entries by 28 artists at 7 locations spread across the 2 days of 22-23 October. A maximum allowed painting time of 3 hours for each canvas, very often ended up as less, with setting up, selecting a viewpoint and possibly changing their minds. Some artists managed more than one painting in a single session, another was able to knock off early!

“I have never seen people paint as a competitive sport before … it was astonishing to witness in the city … what really amazed us was that this brought together … pressure of time limit, pressure of light, pressure of constantly interacting with a public … to a deadline.” – Amanda Geitner, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts (SCVA)

Judges’ Comments

The judges – Trevor Chamberlain, Colin Self, and Amanda Geitner, were “knocked sideways by the extraordinarily consistent, commanding quality of the works” and were absolutely in accord in their choices of winners. The competition brought an opportunity “to celebrate the tenacity of figurative painting, the skill and discipline of painting … experienced in the real.” – Amanda Geitner, SCVA

The Prizes and Winners

Haidee-Jo Summers“Work to be Done” (#53)
Haidee-Jo Summers (1st Prize) with her winning painting - Work to be Done
Haidee-Jo Summers (1st Prize) with her winning painting – Work to be Done

First Prize, sponsored by Savills, went to Haidee-Jo Summers for her piece, “Work to be Done”, created outside the corner craft shop looking down Elm Hill, past the suddenly erected scaffolding and “road closed” signs that had appeared overnight and remained for just 24 hours. She wins £1000. Haidee is a veteran winner of Plein Air painting competitions across the country and has a track record of half a dozen prizes under her belt recently.

Chris Daynes, “The Watergate” (#8)
Chris Daynes (2nd Prize) with his painting - The Watergate
Chris Daynes (2nd Prize) with his painting – The Watergate

The Second Prize of £500, courtesy of The EDP, went to Chris Daynes for his oil painting at Pull’s Ferry called “The Watergate”.

Roy Connelly, “The Dark Entry” (#63)
Roy Connelly (3rd Prize) with his painting - The Dark Entry
Roy Connelly (3rd Prize) with his painting – The Dark Entry

Third Prize of £250, also courtesy of The EDP, went to Roy Connelly for his Norwich Cathedral doorway painting called “The Dark Entry”).

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award was determined on 2 November when voting closed. This was an art hamper worth £250 donated by Norwich Art Supplies. It was won by Liam Wales.

Thanks to our Sponsors and Volunteers

None of this would have happened without the generous overall sponsorship of Broadland Wines, printing courtesy of Ten Group‘s City College Norwich print room, and the tireless commitment of time and energy of our team and volunteers. A beautiful gesture was made by one of the artists, Wil Harvey, in order to appreciate the work of the volunteers, and he donated another one of his Norwich ink drawings to a draw-selected volunteer. Jeanette McCracken was the lucky winner and recipient.

Prize winners and their paintings - Chris Daynes (2nd), Haidee-Jo Summers (1st), Roy Connelly (3rd) [L to R]
Prize winners and their paintings – Chris Daynes (2nd), Haidee-Jo Summers (1st), Roy Connelly (3rd) [L to R]

Honourable Mentions

Francesca Heathorn’s red “Phone boxes” (#72)

One of the judges, the artist Colin Self, said that he “couldn’t believe that somebody sitting their engaging with the real had made a work that to him transported him into a really hallucinogenic dream state”, there was something other worldly about it, he was struck powerfully by it, whatever the artist’s intention.

Simon Page’s “Marzanos – the Forum” (#106)

“With so many arresting, charming, extraordinary, transporting, views outside the city environment it was great that one of the artists pulled us up right short into a really direct encounter with bodies, with people, in the crush of an urban environment.” – Amanda Geitner

Cornelia Fitzroy’s “Crome Gallery” (#11) at Elm Hill

“Yours was the cool glass of water,… calm, clarity of … work” – Amanda Geitner

Auction and Exhibition

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

Some of the paintings sold at the Auction event, attended by nearly 200 people, within hours of the paintings being completed – indeed, many were not yet dry, and some may not be for days and weeks to come! Many have subsequently sold at the Exhibition which ran until 2 November at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry, however they all remained on display for the duration for viewing the winners, honourable mentions, and those still available for purchase. An online version of the exhibition will follow in due course.

Numbers, e.g., (#53), mentioned above relate to the painting numbers in the Exhibition gallery at the Hostry.

Final Artists Selection Announced for Paint Out Norwich 2014

Applications Closed

Applications for the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2014 competition closed at midnight on 1 September.

We had an overwhelmingly positive response from artists near and far. Some 60 applications, about 60% from the broader East Anglia region and others from the rest of the UK and Europe, were received. International interest from farther afield, such as the United States, was also received and as the competition grows in future years we expect further artists to apply and expand the reach of the vision.

Partake or Spectate?

If you didn’t apply, don’t make the final cut, or are just interested in art and live painting en plein air, then why not come along and watch the competitors as they paint on Wednesday October 22 and Thursday, October 23 at the iconic and historic sites around Norwich including Pull’s Ferry, the Norwich Market, The Cathedrals, Elm Hill and the Norwich Castle.

Selection Panel & Process

Between September 1 and 21 the submitted artists were scrutinised by our panel of experts including Will Buckley, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, James Colman, Rev Dr Peter Doll, Mike King, and Stephanie Sinclair, in order to select not only the best, but a varied range of styles to make for an interesting and exciting competition that will appeal to both artists and appreciators of art.

Competing Artists Announced

Paint Out Norwich would like to announce that the following 31 artists have been selected to participate in the inaugural 2014 event:

John Behm, Timothy Betjeman, Bryony Birkbeck, Richard Bond, Patrick Boswell, Leon Bunnewell, Roy Connelly, Chris Daynes, Anthea Eames, Katie Falcon, Cornelia Fitzroy, Gerald Green, Mark Greenwood, Jane Hall, Wil Harvey, Francesca Heathorn, Tyga Helme, Mary Kallagher, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Chloe Mandy, Stephen Martyn, Elizabeth Monahan, Simon Page, David Pilgrim, Janet Poole, Michael P Richardson, Graham Rider, Haidee-Jo Summers, Mo Teeuw, Liam Wales, and Philip Wilkinson.

Congratulations to all of them for getting selected. Commiserations, also, to all those who did not make it this time –  please try again next year. The quality and range of submitted previous art work was wonderful and led to difficult decisions for the selectors.

 

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