Paint Out took to a double-decker bus for fresh plein air views of Norwich

Paint Out on the art bus

Plein Air paintout from an open-top bus!

Paint Out artists on the bus
Paint Out artists on the bus.

Paint Out‘s first public en plein air art event of 2017 saw a dozen or so artists find fresh views and a new perspective of Norwich seen across the Market to the Castle, the Guildhall, and St Peter Mancroft, on a sunny bank holiday weekend Sunday.

The vision of James Colman to keep landscape artists challenged by looking at the urban environment in new ways has seen a hundred artists gather on Mousehold Heath in 2015 for panoramic views of Norwich, and in 2016 saw artists amass in Tombland and take to canoes on the River Wensum. 

Last weekend was the turn of an open-top double-decker bus, supplied by Dolphin Travel with amiable driver, Andrew – who also supplied the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack that kept the artists painting in the hot sun during the afternoon session.

 

Artists featured

Paint Out artists Mary Kallagher and Jan Halliwell
Paint Out artists Mary Kallagher and Jan Halliwell

As well as members of the public including an artist’s teenage son joining in, there were Paint Out regulars including the artists: John Behm, Mary Brady, Karen Adams, Jack Godfrey, Mary Kallagher, and James Colman himself.

Some artists like Jan Halliwell travelled down from Lincolnshire to join the Norfolk paint out on the streets of the city, alongside the bus.

Paint Out welcomes experienced artists to its juried-entry art competitions but also runs public entry paint-outs for artist of all ages and abilities to encourage people into discovering and furthering their artistic creativity. 

Art skills workshops were run the day before to tutor budding and honed talents alike.

The Paint Out Bus will return

Artists on the Paint Out bus
Artists on the Paint Out bus

“The Paint Out bus this weekend provided us with a fantastic hub from which to tell the world about our forthcoming 2017-18 programme plans. Our artists found their elevated experience inspirational.

For contestants at Paint Out Norwich and Wells, it provides a great add-on for our Nocturne and main events and provides a forum with which to engage with the public. Chameleon-like, expect the bus to take on many guises in its quest to take plein air painting across the UK.” – James Colman

Future Paint Out events

Paint Out will be popping up again as guests of the two-day Royal Norfolk Show, June 28-29, and then at our full plein air painting competition events at Wells-next-the-Sea, 15-17 September, and at Norwich, 15-17 October.

Paint Out artists on the bus Mary Brady and John Behm
Paint Out artists on the bus Mary Brady and John Behm. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Call to artists – Norwich Public paint out ‘on the bus’, Sunday 28 May

Paint Out public paint out 28 May

Public Paint Out “on the bus” for Artists of all ages & abilities

This Sunday 28 May we’re calling amateur and professional artists to draw and paint with us around the Chapelfield, Forum and Norwich City Hall area. For extra height and a fresh view of the city you can opt to paint from a static double decker open top bus.

The 28 May paint out is available all-day 9-5pm but do come along, morning or afternoon or both.

Bus stop times are 9-9:30am & 1-1:30pm for pick ups from Guildhall/City Hall parking bays from which we may drive to painting spots. If you miss the bus, or can’t find us, call 07808 970429 or 07432 608015 to find out where we are.

 We’ve also art workshops to brush up your skills on Saturday 27 May, the day before.

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Artist Michael Richardson, 'Artist in Tombland', Tombland, £700. Oil, 16x12in, Paint Out Norwich 2016. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Michael Richardson, ‘Artist in Tombland’, Tombland Paint Out, Norwich 2016

These public paint outs are great opportunities to paint alongside experienced artists. 

  • Sunday 28 May 2017, Chapelfield, Norwich
  • Sunday 17 Sep 2017, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk
  • Sunday 15 Oct 2017, Norwich 

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

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Paint Out Norwich Chapelfield public \'paint out\' 28 May 2017
Optional, though if you are 35 or under please enter this as there are youth-specific prizes
Artists and public gather outside Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge to view the Paint Out Norwich Tombland artwork - photo by Katy Jon Went
Artists and public gather outside Anteros Arts on Fye Bridge to view the Paint Out Norwich Tombland artwork

Paint Out has previously 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.

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