Paint Out Norwich 2017 Prize Awards & Winning Paintings

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winners, Photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Norwich 2017 saw over 200 works of art created by 37 artists, each in under 3 hours, across 3 days of Indian summer weather around the city. Wednesday night saw the Private View and Awards event packed out with a buzz around the unconventional yet contemporary, white-walled shelving, curated display of mostly unframed artworks.

The ‘raw’, fresh off the easel, look embraces the fact that many of the paintings are literally still ‘wet’ and are sold to art lovers, in a giant white pizza-style box, as if freshly baked. Unlike other competitive reality shows and events, Paint Out is uncontrived, unpredictable, spontaneous public theatre, where you can truly ‘experience art, live!’

“2017 has been our most exciting year yet, not only in terms of the quality produced, but its diversity, and I have been blown away by the enthusiasm of the artists taking part. The event is as much about the art as the artists connecting with each other and the local community – they get three days of intensive art experience in a competitive environment, leaving as better artists, and with friends for life, and Norwich gains a living record of three days in October.” – James Colman

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Judges

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O'Hare with Katy Jon Went and Marcus Dickey Horley, Photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O’Hare with Katy Jon Went and Marcus Dickey Horley, Photo by Simon Finlay

The judges on the night, all of whom have links to Norwich or Norfolk, were Marcus Dickey-Horley (Curator of Access and Public Programmes who has worked at a number of major London galleries), Hugh Pilkington (Cley16 curator), and artist John Wonnacott, who also delivered a fascinating art talk “Confronting Appearances” during the week long celebration of art and plein air competition.

The judging is a critical part of the event bringing an edgy critique, educative commentary, and varied views of the paintings by art world specialists. The independent judges had to agree on the overall winner and individual media category winners. They were also able to nominate a commendation in their own right for a Judge’s Award prize from Cass Art:

  • Marcus Dickey Horley, judge’s choice – Paul Alcock from Southend-On-Sea, “Looking Back”, at Mousehold Heath
  • Hugh Pilkington, judge’s choice – Richard Bond of Norwich, “Indian Summer”, also at Mousehold Heath
  • John Wonnacott, judge’s choice – Susan Field, also of Norwich, “Communication”, at Norwich Market

Overall Winner, Eloise O’Hare

Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O'Hare, Photo by Simon Finlay
Paint Out Norwich 2017 Winner Eloise O’Hare, Photo by Simon Finlay

First Prize of £500, donated by Leathes Prior, went to Norwich resident Eloise O’Hare for her watercolour and ink large painting of Norwich Station’s railway tracks, “Keeping Track of Time”. Eloise previously won Third Prize in 2015. Last Saturday, she also painted the spectators walking past and arriving at the VIP Directors entrance of the Norwich City v Hull City football match, at which some fans were wearing vintage Colman’s shirts. Ed Balls and Delia Smith, among others, feature in the painting and Delia came over to see herself in the large format painting. It was also on show in the Cathedral Hostry 19-28 October, alongside the competition paintings.

Media Category Winners

Further prizes, sponsored by Strutt & Parker, were awarded in each of 5 categories:

OilsEmily Faludy of Peckham, London, “Morning Illumination” on Riverside. Emily only went full-time as an artist 4 months ago and was “shocked but said that “life should be one long painting trip”.

WatercolourAndrew Horrod, of Sutton in Surrey, “Five Past Four, Gunton Building”, painted outside NUA.

Mixed & Other Media (Acrylic, Pastel etc)Ginny Bain, of Norwich, “Safety Railings onto the Wensum”, from Riverside

Illustration & PrintingBeverley Coraldean, who studied at Norwich School of Art and Design, “Café Britannia ~ A Sunny October Afternoon”, from Mousehold Heath. Beverley uses “a combination of architectural perspective drawings, detailed cityscapes and hand-drawn type to explore [her] love for cities”.

NocturnesRobert Nelmes, who also won the Royal Norfolk Show 2017 Paint Out, of Roydon near Diss, “Sasha Eating His Chips”, outside Grosvenor Fish Bar.

Additional Prizes

Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich PON2017 Exhibition of 150 plein air paintings. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Further art material prizes were sponsored by Cass Art and Norwich Art Supplies including the judge’s commendations, above. 

The Spirit of Plein Air award once again went to Norfolk-based American artist John Behm for his watery endeavour, positioning himself in kilt and bare feet in the River Wensum to get the best angle of view to paint Bishop’s Bridge.

A further prize, the Spirit of Norwich, was awarded to Alex Atkinson for his “Under the Elm” on Elm Hill. The artist, who lives in Norwich, clearly knows his city well.

Paul Gadenne, who travelled up from Kent, as in past years, just to join in the public paint out, won the public entry prize for the Ketts Heights and Mousehold Heath event on Sunday, for his painting “Norwich Cathedral”.

Paint Out is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice, evolving the genre to reflect our contemporary world. We are ambitious in our aim to deliver the most innovative plein air art event in the UK, where artists, collectors and public observers are all treated to a dynamic live art experience.” – James Colman

The paintings remained on view at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry as part of the Hostry Festival and Paint Out exhibition until 28 October. Over 8,000 people saw the 150+ paintings, with some 30 artworks selling. Exhibition visitors chose the pastel work of art “Red Beret” by artist John Patchett as their Public Vote Choice

Artist John Patchett, 'The Red Beret', Norwich Market, Pastel, 50x32cm, £425 SOLD. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Artist John Patchett, ‘The Red Beret’, Norwich Market, Pastel, 50x32cm, £425 SOLDSee more of the paintings and artworks from the competition week in our online art gallery.

Paint Out took to a double-decker bus for fresh plein air views of Norwich

Paint Out on the art bus

Plein Air paintout from an open-top bus!

Paint Out artists on the bus
Paint Out artists on the bus.

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.

The vision of James Colman to keep landscape artists challenged by looking at the urban environment in new ways has seen a hundred artists gather on Mousehold Heath in 2015 for panoramic views of Norwich, and in 2016 saw artists amass in Tombland and take to canoes on the River Wensum. 

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.

 

Artists featured

Paint Out artists Mary Kallagher and Jan Halliwell
Paint Out artists Mary Kallagher and Jan Halliwell

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. 

Art skills workshops were run the day before to tutor budding and honed talents alike.

The Paint Out Bus will return

Artists on the Paint Out bus
Artists on the Paint Out bus

“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

Future Paint Out events

Paint Out will be popping up again as guests of the two-day Royal Norfolk Show, June 28-29, and then at our full plein air painting competition events at Wells-next-the-Sea, 15-17 September, and at Norwich, 15-17 October.

Paint Out artists on the bus Mary Brady and John Behm
Paint Out artists on the bus Mary Brady and John Behm. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Call to artists – Norwich Public paint out ‘on the bus’, Sunday 28 May

Paint Out public paint out 28 May

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.

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Artist Michael Richardson, 'Artist in Tombland', Tombland, £700. Oil, 16x12in, Paint Out Norwich 2016. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Michael Richardson, ‘Artist in Tombland’, Tombland Paint Out, Norwich 2016

These public paint outs are great opportunities to paint alongside experienced artists. 

  • Sunday 28 May 2017, Chapelfield, Norwich
  • Sunday 17 Sep 2017, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
  • Sunday 15 Oct 2017, Norwich 

Public paint outs are a non-juried entry mass participation project as part of our professional Paint Out competitions.

Book below, join our mailing list or register interest in our events to stay informed.

Paint Out Norwich Chapelfield public \'paint out\' 28 May 2017
Optional, though if you are 35 or under please enter this as there are youth-specific prizes
Artists and public gather outside Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge to view the Paint Out Norwich Tombland artwork - photo by Katy Jon Went
Artists and public gather outside Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge to view the Paint Out Norwich Tombland artwork

Paint Out has previously run a 100-person mass public paint out on Mousehold Heath, Norwich and sunrise paint outs on Wells Beach and Quayside in North Norfolk. In Norwich, we’ve also explored the historic Tombland and Cathedral Quarter district.

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