Artists Public Open-to-all Paint Out in Tombland, Norwich 16 October

Artist John Behm painting on Fye Bridge, Paint Out Norwich, photo by Katy Jon Went

Tombland Public Paint Out for Artists

Artist Richard Bond painting Norwich Cathedral Paint Out 22 Oct 2014
Artist Richard Bond, Paint Out Norwich 2015 winner painting Norwich Cathedral from Tombland during Paint Out 2014

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.

Norwich Tombland Sunday Paint Out

Paint Out Norwich Tombland public \'paint out\'
Optional, though if you are 35 or under please enter this as there are youth-specific prizes
Artists painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artists painting on Mousehold Heath at Paint Out Norwich 2015


Wells-next-the-Sea Sunday Sunrise Paint Out on the Quay

The Albatros and Well-next-the-Sea quayside at dawn sunrise, Paint Out Wells, Photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint the North Norfolk Coast at Dawn

For 2017 public paint outs and workshops including the 17 September Wells sunrise paintout on see here

Paint Out Wells runs 16-18 September on the North Norfolk Coast and invites artists of all ages and abilities to join the competition artists on the Wells quayside this Sunday morning to paint the dawn. Be among the silhouetted ship masts, cast shadows of the crab nets and rising morning sun at it looms over the prominent Granary gantry on Wells seafront.

Artist Jane Hodgson at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise
Artist Jane Hodgson at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise

Last year’s sunrise event was on the beach, this year it’s on the docks among the boats and birds.

Pre-dawn emerges from the darkness of night just before 6am, creeping around the ship masts, turning the sky purple and orange, before the 6:36am sunrise proper illuminates the haze of a September summer Sunday.

So grab your sketchpads or easels, paints, pastels or pens, and come and join two dozen artists on the quay painting, sketching, drawing, and even collaging the changing morning light. The weather forecast is good and we will be on the seafront  6-10am.

Artist Mary MacCarthy at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise
Artist Mary MacCarthy at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise

After painting, there is an optional subsidised Brunch aboard The Albatros, for just £5/head. It is only £10 for adults, £5 for children, or £20 for a whole family to participate, and have your art shown in the big marquee art exhibition on The Buttlands, 2-7pm, later in the day. The afternoon event also features street food vendors and take-out drinks from The Globe and The Crown, as well as the showing of around 100 works of art and a live competition paint out 3-6pm by Paint Out artists, as the culmination of their weekend event.

Sunrise at Wells, Norfolk by Katy Jon Went
Sunrise at Wells, Norfolk by Katy Jon Went

Artists will have painted a sunset on Wells-Next-The-Sea Beach on Friday, and spent Saturday morning in Burnham Market and Brancaster Staithe. On Saturday afternoon many artists will be found about Wells painting or joining the “Painting under pressure of changing light” art workshop (£45) with Michael Richardson, UA.

Read about last year’s sunrise paint out and its winners , or our sister event in Norwich last October, which saw 100 artists painting the skyline from Mousehold Heath. Check out our weekend agenda if you want to watch the artists painting at other times and places, and then come and see the finished art in the exhibition, and even buy art straight off the easel.

Paint Out Wells Quayside public \'paint out\'
No. of subsidised Artists Brunch aboard The Albatros places required (optional)
Silhouetted Artists at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise
Silhouetted Artists at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise


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 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 secures Albatros Ship as Artists’ Hub

The Albatros at Well-next-the-Sea Quay, Norfolk

All Aboard the Albatros!

The Albatros moored at Wells-next-the-Sea, Photo © Katy Jon Went
The Albatros moored at Wells-next-the-Sea

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea is to board the Albatros during its inaugural September Plein Air arts event on the North Norfolk coast. The Albatros is a late 19th century Dutch cargo ship built in 1899. The North Sea clipper, being of Dutch origins is spelled Albatros, not the English ‘albatross’.

She is one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat, albeit now permanently moored alongside the quay of picturesque Wells-next-the-sea. The quayside coastal mooring provides stunning 360° views of the fishing village, salt marshes and historic harbour area, and now provides on-board accommodation in the old crew quarters, a bar, restaurant, and music venue.

The Dutch Captain, Ton Brouwer, serves many authentic dishes from the Netherlands including pancakes and his mother’s homemade soup recipes. In addition, he serves his real ales from his adopted home-county supplied by Woodforde’s Brewery in Woodbastwick. Woodforde‘s was originally named after Parson James Woodforde of Weston Longville in Norfolk, whose personal diaries described his 18th century passion for fine food and hearty ales, often home-brewed.

Albatros as Artistic HQ for Paint Out Wells

The Albatros will provide a suitably quirky and historic event hub during the Paint Out artists’ painting days of 9th-11th September and will hopefully inspire their creative output and sustain their endeavours with the ship’s supplies of food and drink! Artists can still register or apply to take part in the juried-entry competition by 31 July.

The Albatros Ship, Dutch speciality menu, Wells, Norfolk
The Albatros Ship, Dutch speciality menu, Wells, Norfolk ©KatyJon

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Ship’s Log – Dates in Albatros History

The Albatros was first built as a cargo clipper for Captain Johannes Muller of Middelharnis, near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The Albatros, rigging detail, Wells, Norfolk © Katy Jon Went
The Albatros, rigging detail, Wells, Norfolk ©KatyJon

Surviving World War I, the ship changed hands in 1920 and under Danish ownership gained her first engine in 1993 to augment her sails. In 1941 she was sold again by then Captain Lolk to another Dane, Captain Rasmussen, who kept her trading throughout World War II.

Rasmussen also used the Albatros to rescue Jews and carry political dissidents from Nazi-occupied Denmark to neutral Sweden returning on those round-trips with guns and explosives for the Danish Resistance secreted among the cargo.

Albatros purchased by Ton Brouwer

Rasmussen retired in 1978, but after a couple of years laid up in Copenhagen, in 1980, Ton Brouwer purchased the Albatros and sailed her to Amsterdam, in his native Netherlands. Brouwer, originally from near Gouda, had started life as an academic teaching German literature in Amsterdam but was determined to not be –

“trapped between four walls for the rest of [his] life…and wanted to do something with [his] hands.” (Source: EDP)

After four years of complete restoration the Albatros was recommissioned in 1987 as a sailing cargo vessel and over the next decade become “Europe’s last cargo ship under sail in the Home Trade and the Baltic trade”.

The Albatros Ship below decks, Well-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
The Albatros Ship below decks, Well-next-the-Sea, Norfolk © Albatros

Her first cargo after restoration was sailing soya beans to Macduff, Scotland. Brouwer took to recommissioning lives as well as the ship by taking on disaffected young offenders as crew.

Albatros visits Wells-next-the-Sea

From 1990 the Albatros became a regular visitor to the port of Wells bringing in over 100 cargoes from Europe. On September 5th 1996 the Albatros “delivered 100 tons of soyabean meal from Rotterdam to the North Norfolk port of Wells-next-the-Sea. Those who stood on The Quay two days later and watched her sail back to Holland were present at an historic moment: The Albatros was the last sail driven cargo ship in Europe and this marked the end of her 98 year career as a freight carrier.” What finally finished the cargoes to Wells was BSE – mad cow disease, and the closure of Wells as a commercial port.

Albatros as Education Afloat

By 1998 the Albatros was re-licensed as a passenger ship and until 2000 was chartered by Greenpeace for children’s environmental education along the coast of Holland.

Albatros returns to Wells-next-the-Sea

From 2001 the Albatros became permanently based at Wells-Next-The-Sea, still sailing but as an educational venture under the auspices of The Albatros Project Trust.

The Albatros Ship-Restaurant, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
The Albatros Ship-Restaurant, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk ©KatyJon

The Trust dissolved in 2005 and the Wells Harbour Commissioners and North Norfolk District Council granted Ton Brouwer his license to trade as a dining and entertainment venue. In as interview with the EDP he said:

“From the first moment I felt at home in Wells…I think it was a combination of things. It is a lot like where I come from in Holland. There was a lot of reclaimed marshland there and there is around Wells as well. The people were very open and very friendly to us. I think it is because they have always been open to visitors from the sea.”

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

This September, 9-11, the Albatros sees yet another temporary shift in purpose as it becomes the daily hub for up to 30 artists across the 3 production days of the Plein Air arts competition that comes to Wells for the first time this year. Paint Out began with Paint Out Norwich in 2014 during the October Hostry Festival and this year has chosen Wells-next-the-Sea as an exciting satellite event opportunity.

The Paint Out team hope that the Albatros will serve as an original and spectacular hub location and celebrate the Norfolk-Netherlands connection and shared traditions of  both the ship and en plein air painting.

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