Paint Out‘s first public en plein air art event of 2017 saw a dozen or so artists find fresh views and a new perspective of Norwich seen across the Market to the Castle, the Guildhall, and St Peter Mancroft, on a sunny bank holiday weekend Sunday.
Last weekend was the turn of an open-top double-decker bus, supplied by Dolphin Travel with amiable driver, Andrew – who also supplied the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack that kept the artists painting in the hot sun during the afternoon session.
As well as members of the public including an artist’s teenage son joining in, there were Paint Out regulars including the artists: John Behm, Mary Brady, Karen Adams, Jack Godfrey, Mary Kallagher, and James Colman himself.
Some artists like Jan Halliwell travelled down from Lincolnshire to join the Norfolk paint out on the streets of the city, alongside the bus.
Paint Out welcomes experienced artists to its juried-entry art competitions but also runs public entry paint-outs for artist of all ages and abilities to encourage people into discovering and furthering their artistic creativity.
“The Paint Out bus this weekend provided us with a fantastic hub from which to tell the world about our forthcoming 2017-18 programme plans. Our artists found their elevated experience inspirational.
For contestants at Paint Out Norwich and Wells, it provides a great add-on for our Nocturne and main events and provides a forum with which to engage with the public. Chameleon-like, expect the bus to take on many guises in its quest to take plein air painting across the UK.” – James Colman
Public Paint Out “on the bus” for Artists of all ages & abilities
This Sunday 28 May we’re calling amateur and professional artists to draw and paint with us around the Chapelfield, Forum and Norwich City Hall area. For extra height and a fresh view of the city you can opt to paint from a static double decker open top bus.
The 28 May paint out is available all-day 9-5pm but do come along, morning or afternoon or both.
Bus stop times are 9-9:30am & 1-1:30pm for pick ups from Guildhall/City Hall parking bays from which we may drive to painting spots. If you miss the bus, or can’t find us, call 07808 970429 or 07432 608015 to find out where we are.
We’ve also art workshops to brush up your skills on Saturday 27 May, the day before.
The weekend of 27-28 May sees Paint Out provide an excellent opportunity for aspiring and seasoned artists to acquire and refresh core skills in Tonal Oil Painting, Perspective and View, and Social Media Promotion tips at Saturday workshops. These are followed up with a Sunday public paint out to practice what is learned and enjoy the sights of Norwich from the height of a static open-top double-decker bus or nearby on foot.
All Norwich workshops begin at Anteros Arts, 11 – 15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich NR3 1LJ and may include indoor and outdoor work.
Tonal Painting With Oils – Nial Adams
Nial Adams is a landscape artist painting oils in the classical style of tonal realism. His work features well-known locations, as well as abstracted artworks. He works from his studio in Hevingham under the title of Big Norfolk Skies.
In this session, Nial will share some of his knowledge on the aspects of creating tonal value in your artwork. You’ll be working in oils on canvas, with a restricted palette. This fundamental aspect of art will help you to create greater depth and contrast, whether you’re painting or drawing, from landscapes to portraits. Suitable for aspiring and seasoned artists.
Perspective drawing for the award winning view. Norfolk artist Eloise O’Hare, famous for her lively paintings of landscapes will lead this fun and hands-on workshop. After a brief discussion and looking at some example work, you will be taken outdoors to draw by the river. Eloise will help you to find the perfect view for your drawing, plan the composition and will teach you some simple tricks to get your perspective just right.
Social Media guru with 15,000 followers, and 100,000 views a month, Web promotion specialist (“how to get to no#1 on google”) Katy Went will help you learn how to maximise your social media reach for your artworks with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc – and how to find the best platform for your style and expertise. How and when to write your posts, how and where to share them for 7,000+ reach and 20% interaction.
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.
In 2015 Paint Out ran a 100-person mass public paint out on Mousehold Heath, Norwich and also a sunrise on Wells Beach, North Norfolk. This year we are running a Sunday afternoon paint out for all in and around the historic Tombland and Cathedral Close/Quarter district. These public paint outs are great opportunities to paint alongside experienced competition artists. If you want to brush up your drawing or painting skills, there are art workshops the day before at Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge St.
Sunday 16 October 2016, Norwich, Tombland afternoon paint out (1-4pm)
The cost is just £10 for individuals or £20 for families to come out and paint together with the opportunity to have the best and most varied paintings, drawings, collages, hung in Anteros Arts Centre.
There are plenty of places you could paint including Princes Street, Fye Bridge, Tombland, around the Cathedral Gates, Cloisters and Close. Dozens of artists will be there, come and join them and take art back out onto the streets of Norwich.
From midday, you can also get a prix fixe special lunch+drink deal at North Cafe Bar for just £7.
Paint Out Norwich 2016 programme of artist workshops takes place on Saturday 15 October including oils from dusk to dark, egg tempera making & painting, colour theory in practice (indoors and out), social media for artists. All workshops take place at Anteros Arts Centre on Fye Bridge St, please book below.
Social Media guru with 14,000 followers and Web promotion specialist (“how to get to no#1 on google”) Katy Went will help you learn how to maximise your social media reach for your artworks with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, etc – and how to find the best platform for your style and expertise. As a photographer, writer and promoter, she knows words and images, and how to get them read and seen. For instance, how to get 35,000 views of a single blog post, 3,500 reach for your Facebook post, 350 clickthroughs to your website, 1200 likes on an album of images, posting tricks for 30 art and artist groups. Blogging, tagging and art photo-sharing tips. Bring a laptop, tablet or smartphone or hire one for £5.
Egg Tempera Painting for *Kids – Sue Mann
Before modern oil paints, artists made their own paint using egg and other natural materials. Artist Sue Mann will lead this unusual workshop in how to mix your own egg tempera paints, and then use them to paint a still life. *Children includes everyone, age 6 and upwards, young at heart adults may apply and try a small amount of pre-prepared artist’s pigment. They can also bring along some white gouache and watercolour/gouache to learn how to combine with the hands-on activity and their current practice. Includes a break for kids and adults alike to stretch their legs and let off steam. Read more about Sue Mann’s art tutoring services.
Exploring Colour for Studio & Outdoors – David Lindsay
Artist David Lindsay looks at colour theory in practice for painting from life. Beginners and experienced artists welcome. Creative exercises designed to develop an individual sense of colour followed by a chance to test out skills by working outside. Materials supplied for morning session, bring your own materials for the afternoon session.
Life Drawing – Brian Korteling
Friendly and informal life drawing session with artist Brian Korteling. Everyone is welcome from the complete novice to the most experienced of artists. Drawing materials are supplied, though bring other equipment if you like. Includes a 10 min break for tea/coffee, a biscuit and a chat in the middle of the session.
[This class has unfortunately been cancelled]
Nocturne Oils from Dusk To Dark – Michael Richardson
An indoor briefing and, then working outdoors in disappearing light. This nocturne oil painting (watercolourists may apply but techniques are primarily aimed at oil painters) workshop is delivered by seasoned professional, Michael Richardson, a member of the Plein Air Painting Society, The Wapping Group of Artists, and who shows in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. He paints outside almost every day in the Impressionist style for collectors worldwide. His workshops are very well attended when delivered at Paint OutWells and Norwich. He was the winner of the inaugural Paint Out Norwich 2015 Nocturne Painting Competition.
Workshop Booking details
Social Media for Artists with Katy Went
October 15, 2016
9:30am – 10:30am
Bring your own laptop, smartphone, ipad or hire one (£5). Meet at Colgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St
Egg Tempera Painting for *Kids (6-adult) with Sue Mann
October 15, 2016
11:00am – 2:00pm
Fishgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St. Includes break time.
Exploring Colour for Studio and Outdoorswith David Lindsay
October 15, 2016
11:30am – 4:30pm
£40+£5 paint materials hire/usage if require
Materials supplied for morning session, bring your own materials for the afternoon session. Lunch not supplied, suggest North Cafe next door to Anteros. Held in Colgate Room, Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St
Life Drawing with Brian Korteling
October 15, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm
From Dusk to Dark, Nocturne Painting with Michael Richardson
October 15, 2016
4:30pm – 8:30pm
£40 + £5 light hire/£10 purchase
Bring your own materials. Meet at Anteros Arts, Fye Bridge St. Initially held in Fishgate Room, then outside around Tombland.
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
“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:
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
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
To enter review the rules and submit your application here. You will need a potted biography/CV, up to 5 photos of your art, and additional contact details etc.
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:
A fantastic turnout of well over 90 people, by some counts 100+, amassed on Mousehold Heath yesterday. Not a reenactment of the 1549 Kett’s Rebellion but a mass art event with dozens of artists painting side by side the skyline views of Norwich before a beautiful sunset descended.
The light changed frequently adding to the en plein air challenge of painting a changing scene with the distraction of public gaze, press filming, bemused dog-walkers, and kids either rolling on the green hillside or picking up crayons to draw their own young masterpieces. The attraction of the varied views and inspiration of so many fellow artists of all ages and abilities made the event a resounding success, and one we will no doubt repeat.
One of the judges for Paint Out‘s core and nocturne event prize awards, David Curtis, also took up his easel and palette to paint. Renowned local ‘pop artist’ Colin Self was also about the Heath planning to do a brass rubbing.
The Big Draw
The event proved to be a big draw, bringing people not just from Norfolk but several driving 3-4 hours from Kent and Yorkshire just to take part in the public spectacle. October is also the month of the world’s biggest drawing competition – The Big Draw, with events taking place all month, so it was appropriate for art in all its forms from pens to paint, brass-rubbing to mixed media collage, to be taking place on the Heath.
Art for All Ages and Abilities
Unlike our juried entry main Plein Air competition this event was open to all-comers by prior registration and nearly 60 signed up to join around 40 Paint Out artists. Many just showed up on the day and braved the initially ominous but turning-out-to-be beautiful weather. All ages from 5 to 85 were represented including whole families treating art on the Heath as a creative day out. Picnic blankets filled with pens and paints, rather food and fizz, filled the undulating slopes as people sought the best positions to paint the landscape.
Three generations of one family took part – from grandmother to mother and daughters. The artistic East Anglian Sendall family also included a mother and daughter pairing, Jennifer and Susannah Sendall, taking part in the main competition as well.
Both uses of the word media were in evidence as most forms of media were represented. Artists using oils, paints, pastels, pens, papier mache, glue, grass, and even a beer can, meant mixed media was much in evidence in the creation of art works. Meanwhile, radio, TV, photographers and videographers grabbed footage of the rolling hills and heath filled with artists and families on a fun day out for all.
Cass Art were our sponsors for the event, their mission being to “fill this town with artists”, the hills were indeed filled with artists of all ages and who gratefully received Cass Art discount vouchers and later next week will also be awarded Cass Art prizes to spend online or at Cass Art stores.
Several artists had clearly shopped there before as some Cass Art bags were in evidence on the heath alongside the Paint Out bags.
The Paint Out artists were well fed courtesy of Café Britannia and quite a number of artists turned their backs on Norwich, which at times became contre-jour and instead chose to paint the Victorian Prison or Barracks turned café. The former home of the Royal Norfolk Regiment barracks is an imposing red brick building almost matching the Autumnal colours of the trees in seasonal change.
“Café Britannia is a shabby chic café offering freshly cooked British cuisine. Open 7 days a week, the café is staffed by category D low risk prisoners, that have volunteered to learn new skills, improve their lives and make a fresh start. All tips and profits generated from the café go to rehabilitating prisoners and charitable causes.”
Public Art Exhibition at OPEN
The Paint Out competition artworks will be displayed alongside the core and nocturne painting events of the last few days at the Cathedral Hostry gallery exhibition show of nearly 200 artworks from Saturday 24-30th October. The Mousehold public artworks will be displayed from Tuesday 27th till Saturday 31st October at the OPEN venue (20 Bank Plain, top of London Street, Norwich NR2 4SF).
Following up on our successful mass Sunrise ‘paint out’ as part of Paint OutWells 2015 we are holding a similar event at Paint Out Norwich, October 22, 1:30-4:30pm. Members of the public of any age or artistic ability are welcome to join dozens of Paint Out competition artists in a mass painting session on Mousehold Heath with its expansive views overlooking the city of Norwich. Already, we are expecting over 80 artists aged 5-85, including 3 generations of one family. Read more about the event here.
You will need to bring your own equipment and meet outside the Cafe Britannia, 3 Britannia Rd, Norwich, Norfolk NR1 4LU.
Several of the famous Norwich School of Artists including John Crome and John Sell Cotman painted Mousehold Heath in the 19th century. Norwich-born novelist, and one time Lord Mayor, RH Mottram was another artist who loved the open space of Mousehold Heath. He once described it as “the property of those who have the privilege of Norwich birth”. Since 1880 it has been public property and a perfect location to paint the wide cityscape of Norwich from.
Paint Out competition participants will have their work exhibited automatically. Other public ‘paint out’ artists should get a Paint Out stamp upon registration at Mousehold and be responsible for returning their work to Norwich. Paint Out is hoping to exhibit for up to a week all of the public art works or as many as space allows at the OPEN venue in Norwich, Oct 25 – Nov 1.
Public artists should affix sufficient secure fixings either on the back of frames or (if unframed on the back of the surfaces) to facilitate hanging. Paint Out has the right to exclude any work that is insufficiently prepared for hanging. We accept that with artists aged from 5-85 these instructions may not apply rigidly to all art works and we will do our best to display everything including younger artworks.