Paint Out Wells 2016 Artist Winners, Prizes & Awards

Judges Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner revealing First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Prize Winners

The Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Artist Prize Winners chosen from over 80 paintings by 19 artists, were: Alfie Carpenter (1st), Tanya Pawsey (2nd), Brian Korteling (3rd) with judge’s commendations to last year’s third placed winner Jack Godfrey and also 2015’s second placed winner Alfie Carpenter -in addition to his first place prize this year.

Paint Out is grateful to local and Shetland artist Nicholas Barnham, and to Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, for judging the high standard and varied styles of work on display. We are of course indebted to our sponsors Hopkins Homes, Archant, and Sowerbys for providing the generous prizes.

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

First Prize – Alfie Carpenter

The Paint Out Wells judges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsor Hopkins Homes for his large 20″x30″ mixed media dawn collage “Hoping For Sun” created on Wells-next-the-Sea quayside.

“I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the response and the accolades for my work. I’m really thankful to Paint Out for the opportunity to create new work in such an exciting way and it was an honour to be working alongside such wonderful artists.
I still can’t quite believe it!” – Alfie Carpenter

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Alfie’s paintings sold out at the Buttlands Exhibition before the Sunday gallery show was half over. The prizes were not announced till 5.30pm but unwittingly the prize-winning painting had already been bought by local Wells Maltings trustee, Nick Skinner and Martin Whiteside. Nick had this to say about his fortunate purchase:

“We enjoyed the Paint Out Wells weekend and as local homeowners it was great to see the artists developing their paintings over time and capturing the town in such different ways. We watched Alfie at work and his painting captured a different view of Wells and one we really liked. We are delighted that others thought so too and would like to congratulate Alfie. Well done to all those involved for a great weekend and we look forward to next year!” – Nick Skinner

Second Prize – Tanya Pawsey

Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey 'Dancing Boats' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey ‘Dancing Boats’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Tanya Pawsey was torn between painting two works side-by-side in the three-hour session and of the two ended up submitting a closely cropped study in oils of bobbing boats dancing in the water and early Sunday morning light on the harboured-sea. She wins the second prize of £500 donated by sponsor Archant for her 10×12″ work entitled “Dancing Boats, Wells”. Tanya described herself as being “over the moon” to have won a prize:

“I’m over the moon that I’ve won a prize as I was already buzzing with pride at having the courage to take part. I’ve won new friends, encouragement, inspiration and funds to invest into new equipment! [L]ooking forward to Paint Out Norwich next month.” – Tanya’s blog

“Winning an award was the last thing I expected so I’m absolutely thrilled! I’m extremely thankful to everyone involved in Paint Out for making it a most inspiring and encouraging event.” – Tanya Pawsey

Third Prize – Brian Korteling

Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling 'The Albatros' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling ‘The Albatros’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsor Sowerbys for his work entitled “The Albatros” created during a high tide that was flooding across the quayside car park next to where The Albatros ship is moored.

“I was delighted and surprised to win 3rd prize. There was some really high quality and interesting work produced over the weekend and it was a pleasure to take part. Will definitely be back in Wells next year for Paint Out.” – Brian Korteling

Brian has also been selected to take part in Paint Out Norwich in October 2016.

Judge’s commendations

Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey 'Up (and Down) the Creek' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey ‘Up (and Down) the Creek’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the two judges: artist Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize going to each of the following highly commended artists: Alfie Carpenter, and Jack Godfrey. The consistency of the judging is demonstrated in the fact that three different judges awarded these same two artists second and third prizes, respectively, at Paint Out Wells 2015.

Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards

Team Award - Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm 'LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Team Award – Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm ‘LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Two further prizes recognising artist’s merits and mettle include an award of £100 to John Behm, as a Team recognition for someone who embodied the “Spirit of Plein Air”, for painting in the cold biting winds and rainy downpours in shorts, in the mud, and in flipflops at dawn on a high tide-flooded quayside. Out of the three Paint Out events in which this award has been given, John has won it twice, he goes the extra mile for his art.

Community Award - Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley 'Dawn, Wells Gantry' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Community Award – Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley ‘Dawn, Wells Gantry’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

In addition, a Community recognition award of £100, also for a second time, went to Will Topley for his capturing of the essence of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Long-time supporter of Paint Out, Michael Richardson, delivered an art workshop and during it also created a painting of one of its participants, who was a popular entrant in Paint Out Norwich 2014. Mary Kallagher was delighted to receive the painting itself as a gift and recognition of her spirit in keeping painting irrespective of hand and eye health issues.

A young 4-year-old art critic also awarded Sue Mann a bag of jelly babies for her favourite painting of a “pink boat”.  Sue Mann received an artist’s commendation at Paint Out Wells 2015, so the young judge has good taste!

For more art prizes and awards check out Paint Out Norwich‘s gala awards night on 19 October.

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.

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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.

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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]

Paint Out Wells 2015 Partners, Sponsors, Supporters

Paint Out Wells 2015 sponsors partners supporters

Paint Out Partners, Sponsors, Supporters

Paint Out is put on and sustained by art-loving founders and team members – some paid, some volunteers, with the aim of supporting the growth of plein air art. To achieve and maintain this we are indebted to our partners and sponsors who have provided funds, prizes, or goods and services-in-kind. If you would like to partner or sponsor current and/or future ‘paint outs’ please contact us.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 | Norwich 2015 | Norwich 2014

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

Paint Out Wells thanks its partners, sponsors, supporters, suppliers and volunteers, including our primary Gold sponsor Savills, Bronze level sponsors – Archant, Hopkins Homes, and Cass Art, and additional brushes prize sponsor Rosemary & Co. Local suppliers who supported us as partners included The Albatros, The Crown (Flying Kiwi Inns), Norfolk and Suffolk auctioneers TW Gaze, and exhibition art hanging experts – artREHANG. Additional suppliers, that delivered clothing, graphic design, printing and more, professionally and speedily are also appreciated. These included Dandis, Hussey & Knights in Norwich, Service Point UK, Special Design Studio, and Zesty Design. Further services were provided at discount by KJW Solutions, MOA Marketing and Mark Benfield. Local Wells shops that kept us in chips and coffee were also much in demand and to whom we are very grateful too.

Albatros | Archant | artREHANG | Cass Art | Hopkins Homes | Rosemary & Co | Savills | The Flying Kiwi Inns | TW Gaze

Paint Out Wells 2015  sponsors partners supporters
Paint Out Wells 2015 sponsors partners supporters

The Albatros

Albatros logoThe Albratros is an historic 19th-century Dutch sailing ship moored at Wells-next-the-Sea harbour quayside. She has a fascinating history and acted as accommodation for some artists and Paint Out team members as well as a social and meeting hub for several days of the competition.


Archant logoArchant are a family-owned news and media group including the Eastern Daily Press (EDP24), Fakenham & Wells Times, and North Norfolk News. The group, which was founded in 1845, has its roots in Norwich as well as most of its 1600 staff. It is the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK and the largest publisher of regional and local lifestyle magazines and associated digital media in the UK. See our media section for several of Archants stories run about Paint Out. Apart from media coverage, Archant also sponsored the Second and Third Prize awards at Paint Out Wells 2015.


art REHANG logoartREHANG has provided professional services to Paint Out Wells 2015 and Paint Out Norwich 2014. They are a bespoke picture hanging and art installation service with over twenty-five years of fine art handling experience, working with art galleries, museums, private collectors, corporate collections, interior designers and artists, to the highest specifications and museum standards.

Cass Art

Cass Art logoCass Art have a mission “to fill every town with artists…encouraging everyone to realise their creative talents…” – a mission close to Paint Out‘s own. Hence they are perfect partners especially around our parallel support of young and student emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to paint alongside seasoned plein air artists at our public paint outs. Cass Art partners with some of the leading art brands across the UK, including The National Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, National Galleries Scotland and Sky Arts. Cass Art provided art voucher prizes for the public and student Sunrise paint outs. We also appreciate Cass Art‘s write up of Paint Out Wells on their blog.

Hopkins Homes

Hopkins Homes logoHopkins Homes sponsored the First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2015. They “truly have East Anglian roots” with their building projects in four local counties: Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

“There’s something about the look of older buildings that appeals to all of us. The design, the scale, the feel – it’s something many architects have forgotten. But not at Hopkins. Our approach is to take all the qualities which have stood the test of time to build homes that are easy on the eye and that blend with their surroundings.” – James Hopkins

Rosemary & Co

Rosemary and Co logoRosemary & Co artists’ brushes are all hand made to the finest quality and come ready for acrylic, oil, pastels or watercolour. There are easily portable plein air pochade sets, specialist sets for botanical, garden, or studio painting, and many more besides. Rosemary & Co sponsored one of our Sunrise ‘paint out’ prizes which was won by Roy Connelly.


Savills logoSavills are well known as property agents across the UK (90 offices) and as global real estate services providers worldwide (600 offices). They have a particular love of Norfolk and the fostering of an “entrepreneurial spirit” among their staff. At Paint Out Wells 2015 they provided the enormous exhibition marquee, sponsored the gala auction, and even lent us an excellent member of staff as a volunteer.

“From the incredible natural beauty of the Norfolk Broads and North Norfolk coastline to the history and culture of Norwich, Norfolk is a fantastic place to live. Whether you want to live in a bustling city, a welcoming market town or a picturesque village the county has so many options including towns such as Holt and Kings Lynn, as well as villages like Brancaster and Holkham.” – Savills

The Flying Kiwi Inns

The Flying Kiwi Inns logoThe Flying Kiwi Inns are a group of award winning independent boutique hotels across Norfolk. We were lucky enough to sample the excellent food on several nights at The Crown as well as at the gala auction night on The Buttlands, at Wells-next-the-Sea. Many of our artists enjoyed refreshments at the bar and restaurant, and the internet and office space provision was essential to our success. Their motto is “making everyone feel welcome” and we were certainly made to feel that.

“Each hotel, combined with an outstanding restaurant, is located in rural and coastal Norfolk where visitors can unwind in idyllic settings surrounded by luxury accommodation and fine dining. The hotels are individually designed to provide a unique luxury environment in an idyllic setting. Collectively, the hotels provide family friendly hotel accommodation, warm customer service and, within the restaurants, excellent award winning food.”

TW Gaze

twgaze logoTW Gaze are a multi-disciplined firm based in the market town of Diss on the Norfolk and Suffolk borders as well as a recently opened brand new office in Wymondham, close to the city of Norwich. The firm’s history and principles have evolved from a background of rural professional work but which has expanded to include valuations together with art and antique auctions (some 2,000 lots a week) to become one of the most renowned within East Anglia. They have provided excellent and entertaining auction services at our gala events in both Norwich and Wells 2014-2015.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea Submissions Deadline 2015

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition

Submissions for Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 opened on 10 June at midday when rules and requirements were published and the registrations and applications process went live. It comprises a 2-day competition and a further “artists and public” beach sunrise ‘Paint Out’ running during the week of 8-11 September.

Entries can be submitted here and the full event schedule seen here for selected artists.

Submissions for both Norwich and Wells-next-the-Sea events are open until the initial application deadline of 31 July and any applications received after that date up until 15 August may still be considered depending upon the allocation of juried-entry places by the submissions jury panel. Once all available competition places are filled any remaining applications will not be considered. To have the best chance of being selected please enter at the earliest opportunity as selection places will begin to be allocated from 1 August.

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