Paint Out Plein Air Art Competition & Events 2017

Artist Paul O'Kane painting Pottergate, Norwich, Paint Out 2015 Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its fourth 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. 2015 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. Innovating again, 2016 witnessed several artists take to canoes to create water-level views of the bridges and rivers of Norwich.
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. Last year we innovated by running a 'freestyle' larger form 2-day event alongside our classic Core event of 4 separate 3-hour painting sessions judged separately in Oils, Water-based, and Other/Mixed-Media categories by eminent artist and art-world judges. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returned for its second year.

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Paint Out at the RNS 28-29 June weekend

Paint Out 2017 sees a select group of invited artists painting the UK's largest two-day agricultural fair - the Royal Norfolk Show. With up to 100,000 visitors it is the premier event of its kind. Visit our artists and team around the Show and at the Leathes Prior sponsored Paint Out tent (Avenue 9, Stand 262). There will be an auction of the still-wet fresh art at 3.30pm on Wednesday 28th by Arnolds Keys fine art auctioneers.

Norwich & Wells, Norfolk Art Class/Workshops/Talks

Paint Out provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring and seasoned artists to acquire and refresh core skills. Themes include painting and drawingcolour theorycompositionperspective, and best en plein air practice in oilswatercolour and other media, both as practical workshops and as public paint outs.  Our education programme is taught by experienced professionals and covers everything you need to take your art to the next level, with a particular emphasis on Plein Air essentials. In addition, we have entrepreneurial advice about growing your art business alongside your art practice covering bloggingsocial media, photographyframing, pitching to galleries, and selling. Finally, we put things in context with cultural and historical talks and tours.
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Paint Out Norwich 2017

The Paint Out Norwich 2017 competition, categories, prizes, event dates, and locations, for the plein air painting days during the Hostry Festival 2017 will run Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October with artist workshops on Saturday 14th, a public 'paintout' on Tombland and around the Norwich Cathedral area, Sunday 15th, and a gala private view and art sale on Wednesday 18th October. This will be followed by an art exhibition of over 150 paintings until 28 October at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry each day. The 2016 gallery is now online.

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The Norwich 2016 event was won by Chris Daynes for “The Yellow Canoe” which also won the First Prize in Oils and £1000 in total including his category win, sponsored by Strutt & Parker. We are also grateful to Archant for sponsoring several second placed prizes as well as the Watercolour and Mixed Media categories. The Oils category saw second place go to Roger Dellar.

The Core event was won in Mixed Media by Alfie Carpenter, for “Guildhall Aglow”, with runner up Tom Cringle – who also won Second Prize overall, sponsored by La Ronde Wright, lifting his prize total to £500.

In Watercolour, Richard Bond's painting of Norwich School playing fields, “Between the Showers”, won, with second place going to Andrew Horrod.

The returning Nocturne event was won by Tom Cringle for his “Untitled” spire at night, with Michael Richardson's “Night Time in the Lanes”, coming second. This prize category was sponsored by Sowerbys.

The new Freestyle event was won by Robert Nelmes for his widescale painting, “Norwich Market”, and the runner up second prize went to Brian Korteling for his very urban Magdalen Street flyover, complete with graffiti, “Waiting for the bus”. This prize category was sponsored by La Ronde Wright.

In addition, the three judgesDavid Curtis, Sue Grayson Ford, and Nick Holmes, also commended oil paintings by Jerome Hunt “Cathedral Facade Shadows”, Tanya Pawsey, “Swans from Bishop Bridge”, and the mixed media piece by Claire Stevens, “Oldest Iron Bridge”.

Sue Mann, renowned for painting from a bicycle, won this year’s Spirit of Plein Air Award for being the first to take the plunge and paint from a canoe.

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Artist Lara Cobden painting at Wells Beach, Norfolk, Paint Out Wells 2015

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2017

The Paint Out Wells 2017 competition on the North Norfolk coast offers a weekend-only pop-up event making it more accessible for those with jobs and other commitments. The event runs 15th-17th September with a public and entered artists optional mass paint out on the Sunday. Following that will be paint out artist demonstrations on The Buttlands outside the Crown and the Globe, during the Art Exhibition and Festival including food on the Sunday afternoon.

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Artist Will Topley at Paint Out Wells 2016 by Giacomo Gex on Vimeo.

The Wells 2016 event was won by artist Alfie Carpenter, who also sold all his works on site. Second place went to Tanya Pawsey, and third to Brian Korteling. All three also competed at Paint Out Norwich, 15-19 October. Additional prizes abd awards went to Jack Godfrey, John Behm, and Will Topley.

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Judges deliberating at the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition

Paint Out Exhibition Gallery & Art Auction

Some of the works from dozens of artists last year are still viewable in our online gallery. This year's pictures and paintings were exhibited at the Hostry extension of Norwich Cathedral from 20-29 October and at the Private View Gala event and now online gallery.

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Paint Out Norwich 2015 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.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

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 future competitions.

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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.
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