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.

Wells Submit entry   Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

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.

Wells Submit entry   Wells Rules   Wells Schedule

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 Norwich 2016 plein air Art competition third year Call to Artists

Painting during PON15 from Fye Bridge Norwich

Plein Air art competition Call to Artists

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:

Date Event Details
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

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Message from James Colman

James Colman launching Paint Out Norwich 2015 photo by Matt Dartford
James Colman launching Paint Out Norwich 2015

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

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Artists and Paintings ©Matt Dartford
Winners of Paint Out Norwich 2015 with their paintings

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:

  • Oil Painting
  • Watercolour & Gouache
  • Other including Mixed Media, Acrylic, Pastel, Pen & Ink etc
  • Freestyle over 2 days
  • Nocturne

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

Winning Artist Michael Richardson painting a nocturne on Pottergate at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Winning Artist Michael Richardson painting a nocturne on Pottergate at Paint Out Norwich 2015

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
  • Nocturne event

New ‘Freestyle’ for Larger Longer Artworks

Artist Tom Lamprell painting from the Sir Garnet by Norwich Market at Paint Out Norwich 2015
Artist Tom Lamprell painting from the Sir Garnet by Norwich Market at Paint Out Norwich 2015

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

Anteros Arts Foundation logoWe 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.

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Announcing Paint Out Norwich 2014

Paint Out Norwich 2014 is a 2-day plein air painting competition at prominent Norwich city venues during the October Hostry Festival, now in its fourth year.

Experienced artists are invited to submit applications by 1st September in order to participate in the open air event which will  feature the following painting locations and their immediate surroundings:

Paint Out Norwich in EDP news story
Photo ©EDP (used by permission)

The days set aside for painting are Wednesday and Thursday 22-23 October 2014 and the public are invited to watch the works in progress.

Prizes to be won:

  • First prize – £1000
  • Second prize – £500
  • Third prize – £250
  • People’s Choice Award – art materials hamper (provided by Norwich Art Supplies)

Judges for the competition include:

  • Trevor Chamberlain, independent leading Plein Air artist
  • Colin Self, internationally acclaimed Norwich-based artist
  • Amanda Geitner, Head of Exhibitions at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA.

In an interview with the EDP James Colman, part of the Paint Out Norwich Selection Team, said:

“This year we thought it would be a good move to take the visual arts into the streets of Norwich. It’s all about getting people excited about visual arts and the festival because there are lots of great things going on. For the first year we thought it would be a popular move to create paintings inspired by the great landmarks of Norwich and see what people come up with, there will be different interpretations and we are interested in new and novel ways of looking at our great landmarks.”

See more from the EDP story of the competition announcement.

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