Paint Out Plein Air Art Competitions 2016

Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its third year, is the UK's premier and only fully juried en plein air art competition, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic NorwichOur first satellite painting event was Wells-next-the Sea 2015 on the North Norfolk coast. Last year also saw a first-of-its-kind mass public 'paint out' of some 100 artists, of all ages,  painting the expansive Norwich skyline, from historic Mousehold Heath.
Plein Air - Art works carried out in the open air - chiefly with reference to painting.

The Paint Out competitions, however, accept any 2-dimensional media or mixed-media applied to a canvas/board/paper embracing drawing, pastels, oils, watercolour, gouache, acrylic, pen and ink, and even screen-printing. Innovation and originality are encouraged alongside traditional art forms. This year we are also innovating by running a 'freestyle' larger form 2-day event alongside our classic Core event of 4 separate 3-hour painting sessions. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returns for its second year. Read more... Paint Out 2016 competition, categories, prizes, event dates, and locations, continue to be finalised, however, the plein air competition painting days during the Hostry Festival 2016 will be Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October with artist workshops on Saturday 15th, a public 'paintout' on Sunday 16th, and a gala private view and auction on Wednesday 19th October. Register your interest here, rules and entry forms are now live.

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Call to Artists for Submissions

Paint Out Norwich 2016 is now accepting entries and over a 100 artists have already expressed an interest with submissions continuing to come in. Artists will be accepted into the competition at various monthly jury panels, so enter as soon as possible to maximise your chance for participation.

Dozens of submissions for our 2015 events were received and Wells proved very popular - watch this space for 2016 dates. Paint Out Norwich 2015 accepted over 40 artists and some 90-100 joined the public 'paint out' on Mousehold Heath. Sunday 16th October will see another public 'paintout' in Norwich, details to follow.

Paint Out Norwich Art Exhibition

Paint Out Norwich displayed the art work of 40+ artists at a Gala Private View and Art Auction on Friday 23 October and from 24 October to 28 November the art is on view at various exhibition venues around Norwich including the Hostry, Maddermarket Theatre and OPEN.

Paint Out Norwich Prizewinning Artists

The 2015 Prize Winners were Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Eloise O'Hare (3rd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) with judges commendations to Brian Korteling, Gennadiy Ivanov, Liam Wales, additional prizes to be announced. Follow Paint Out Norwich on Facebook to see what happened and be first to hear about 2016's competition.

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Judges deliberating at the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea

21 artists descended on North Norfolk’s bustling coastal port of Wells-next-the-Sea during this new for 2015 satellite event. Paint Out Wells featured 2 days of competition sessions, a public beach sunrise 'paint out', evening gala, awards and auction, and a 2-3 day exhibition during the week of 9-13 September. The artists' hub was the historic Dutch ship the Albatros, moored on the quay and the Wells Maltings Sackhouse. The Prize Winners were Lara Cobden (1st), Alfie Carpenter (2nd), Jack Godfrey (3rd) with judges commendations to Susan Mann, Jennifer Sendall, Candide Turner-Bridger, additional prizes went to John Behm, Roy Connelly, and Will Topley. Follow Paint Out Wells on Facebook to see what happened and be first to hear about 2016's competition.


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Sponsors and Partners

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 sponsors and partners 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.