The North Norfolkplein 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 artistsstill wanting to enter the Paint Out Wells 2016 art event.
Painting workshop with Michael Richardson, UA on working in changing light and under time pressure, ideal for dawn, dusk, nocturne and weather-conscious artists 3-7pm (open to non-competition artists for a workshop participation fee)
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
Additional artists are still welcome to join those already signed up, until the week of the competition, itself.
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:
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
“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
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:
Watercolour & Gouache
Other including Mixed Media, Acrylic, Pastel, Pen & Ink etc
Freestyle over 2 days
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
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
New ‘Freestyle’ for Larger Longer Artworks
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
We 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.
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:
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.