Paint Out Norwich Plein Air Winter Nocturne Art Event

Artist Richard Bond painting from the Market at Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne
Artist Stephen Johnston, Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne, Winner, Oil, 16x20in
Stephen Johnston, Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne, Winner. Oil, 16x20in, FOR SALE, £225

Just before Christmas, Paint Out Norwich ran a Plein Air winter nocturne event to close out the year. Fifteen plein air artists braved the cold and Stephen Johnston came first winning a bottle of seasonal cheer in the form a nice Champagne for his 16 x 20-inch oil painting of Jarrolds at night. Quite a large canvas and completed in around 2 hours. Impressive.

Its bold brush strokes and dark bluish hue created a strong impression as Christmas shoppers went in and out of his chosen subject. Definitely some Monet and van Gogh by night influences.

Artist Emily Faludy, Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne, 'Starry night', Oil, 10x12in, £350
Emily Faludy, Paint Out Winter Nocturne, ‘Starry night, Norwich’, Oil, 10x12in, FOR SALE, £350

One artist, Emily Faludy – a veteran of the last two Paint Out Norwich plein air art competitions and winner of one in the oil category, came up all the way from Hampshire for the evening painting event.

She appropriately titled her Red Lion St (from Orford Hill) painting ‘Starry Night, Norwich’ – reminiscent of both the Don McLean song and of the title of Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 painting, ‘The Starry Night’, which it references.

First Nocturne

It was an evening of firsts as it was Stephen Johnston’s first nocturne, along with other artists like Eleanor Alison and Patricia Harper who were painting nearby and also attempting their first nocturnes. Paint Out had also joined forces with the Norwich Outdoor Painting Group, about half of whom had done Paint Out events before. Among them was a previous Paint Out winner, Richard Bond who was also painting his first nocturne in oils, previously he had tried watercolour at night. He chose to paint from under a streetlamp, minus the minor lamp headgear that some artists sported but which can get in the way of natural colour and lighting. Whatever the artists’ choices of lighting assistance or none, nocturnes are an interesting challenge and sometimes a surprise seeing how they turn out the next day in daylight.

Stephen had an unforeseen problem painting Jarrolds from outside of the Halifax because their neon-lit sign kept rotating in different colours casting inconsistent lighting across his canvas and palette to add to the difficulties of painting at night. Whilst storefront lighting was a distraction for Stephen, for another artist, Eloise O’Hare, the Jarrolds’ window display with a busker playing outside was the attraction. Her painting won an honourable mention for showing a different side to the city at night and in a different painting medium.

Plein Air Nocturne Locations

Artist Sarah Allbrook painting the Market at Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne
Artist Sarah Allbrook painting the Market at the Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne

The city of Norwich looks beautiful at night but even more so during the season of Christmas lighting which is mostly tasteful not tacky – although, like art, which is which is always a personal view. Locations painted at included Jarrolds, the top of the Market looking across to the Castle or St Peter Mancroft, Timberhill, the Forum and Christmas Market, and St Andrew’s Halls.

Nocturnes were first introduced to our plein air painting competition events in 2015 and have been a fond feature of many artists since, pushing their practice under different and difficult conditions. Using a more limited palette, often finishing in just 2 hours, but having one hidden benefit – the light barely changes because it’s gone!

Many of the nocturne paintings, including the winner by Stephen Johnston, are available for sale, contact us to check on availability and price, if interested.

Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne plein air paintings
Paint Out Norwich Winter Nocturne plein air paintings

Paint Out Norwich Public Open Paint Out

John Behm painting on Tombland, Norwich 2016. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out has 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. 

In 2018 our next public paint out will be Sunday 21 October, 10-2pm around Tombland and Norwich Cathedral Medieval Quarter.

Public paint outs are great opportunities to create art outdoors alongside experienced artists as part of a communal event. Whatever your abilities, pick up a pen or brush and join us.

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

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

Paint Out Norwich Cathedral public paintout
Optional, though if you are 35 or under please enter this as there are youth-specific prizes

Paint Out Norwich 2018 Session 7 Museums & Heritage

Artist Sue Willmer painting rooftops beside Norwich Castle, Paint Out Norwich 2017

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).

Paint Out Norwich 2018 Session 5 Modern

Artist Alex Atkinson painting, 'Tree Outside Archant', EDP, Paint Out Norwich 2017

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 Norwich 2018 Session 3 Medieval Quarter

Pat Tinsley painting on Tombland, Paint Out Norwich 2016. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Between 9-1pm over 30 Plein Air artists will paint the Norwich Medieval Quarter area including the Anglican Cathedral, Elm Hill, St Andrews Halls, Tombland & Alley area. 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 Norwich 2018 Session 1 The Market

Artist Pat Tinsley painting the Market, Paint Out Norwich 2017.Photo © Katy Jon Went

Between 9-1pm over 30 Plein Air artists will paint the Norwich Market area including Guildhall, City Hall, The Forum, St Peter Mancroft, Gentleman’s Walk, The Royal Arcade, Jarrolds, and the Lanes. 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 Art Exhibition at Maddermarket Kitchen & Theatre

Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Theatre photo by Katy Jon Went

Maddermarket Theatre Gallery

The last few days of the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Art Exhibition selection at the Maddermarket Theatre Gallery wall run out soon (28 November). However a wider selection of paintings are available to view in our growing online gallery. All those on display at the Maddermarket venues can be purchased, and many more online are marked as available to buy. Perfect Christmas presents for the art lover? There are over 20 paintings on display locally priced at £400 and under, others climb towards £2000.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Theatre photo by Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Theatre

Maddermarket Kitchen Restaurant

A further selection of art works by Paint Out artists remain on display through December at the Maddermarket Kitchen restaurant that offers breakfast through dinner and presents, therefore, several times of day and evening to view the paintings and possibly combine it with food and drink. Please avoid busy dining times if you have no plans to eat there.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Kitchen photo by Katy Jon Went
Paint Out Norwich 2015 paintings on display at MadderMarket Kitchen Restaurant

Gallery Opening Times

Maddermarket Theatre
St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR (01603 620917)
November 2-28 10-5pm
(closed Sundays)
Maddermarket Kitchen
20 St John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN (01603 460558)
November 12- 9-2.30pm/6.30-9.30pm
(closed Sundays/Mondays)

Online Art Gallery

Paint Out Norwich 2015 scrolling art gallery
Paint Out Norwich 2015 scrolling art gallery

Our expanding online art gallery is being added to regularly from our stock of over 400 images of Paint Out Norwich and Wells-next-the-Sea competitions. Some 80-90 images are already online and more are being uploaded daily.

Just click on an image to view it full screen. If it is available to buy it will be priced with a red BUY link which will take you to an order form to express interest and select payment options. Clicking on BUY does not complete a sale until agreed payment and collection methods have been arranged, so it is safe to click without commitment.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 art gallery Buy link
Paint Out Norwich 2015 art gallery Buy link

Mousehold Heath Public Paint Out

Artists Brian Korteling and James Colman on Mousehold Heath for Paint Out Norwich ©Mark Ivan Benfield

Mousehold Heath Mass ‘paint out’ Art event

Following up on our successful mass Sunrise ‘paint out’ as part of Paint Out Wells 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.

You can register to enter here:

Paint Out Norwich Mousehold Heath public \'paint out\'
Optional, though if you are 25 or under please enter this as there are youth-specific prizes

Paint Out & Cass Art Bursary Prize

Cass Art Shop interior

Cass Art Young Artist Bursary Prize

Cass Art logoCass 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 - Let's Fill This Town With ArtistsCass 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.

Norwich Submit entry   Norwich Rules   Norwich Core Schedule   Norwich Nocturne Schedule

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

The artist who won second prize overall at Paint Out Wells 2015 was 25 year old Alfie Carpenter whose mixed media work was in great demand at the after-competition auction and exhibition.

Artist materials at Paint Out Norwich
You provide the coffee, Cass Art will provide the paint!

 

Paint Out Norwich Submissions Deadline 2015

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition
Paint Out Norwich 2015 Competition

Submissions for Paint Out Norwich 2015 opened on 12 May at midday when rules and requirements were published and the registrations and applications process went live. There will be two competitions, a Core Event and a Nocturne Event both running during the week of 19-23 October. Entries can be submitted here (free if under 30) and you can view the full core event schedule and nocturne event schedule for selected artists.

Submissions for Norwich remain open until mid-October but many juried-entry places have already been allocated by the submissions jury panel. To have the best chance of being selected please enter at the earliest opportunity.

Norwich Submit entry   Norwich Rules   Norwich Core Schedule Norwich Nocturne Schedule

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