Paint Out Plein Air Art Competition & Events 2016

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 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. 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. 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 to be judged separately in Oils, Water-based, and Other/Mixed-Media categories by eminent artist and art-world judges. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returns for its second year. Read more...


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Paint Out Norwich 2016 art competition, exhibition, workshops

Paint Out Norwich 2016

The Paint Out Norwich 2016 competition, categories, prizes, event dates, and locations, for the plein air painting days during the Hostry Festival 2016 ran Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October with artist workshops on Saturday 15th, a public 'paintout' on Tombland and around the Norwich Cathedral area, Sunday 16th, and a gala private view and auction on Wednesday 19th October. This was followed by an art exhibition of over 140 paintings until 29 October at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry each day. The gallery is now online.

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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Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016

The Paint Out Wells 2016 competition on the North Norfolk coast offered a weekend-only pop-up event making it more accessible for those with jobs and other commitments. The event ran 16th-18th September with a public and entered artists optional pre-dawn mass paint out on the quayside to capture the orange and purple hues just before sunrise on the Sunday. Followed by a pop-up paint out on The Buttlands outside the Crown and the Globe, whilst the Art Exhibition too place in a large marquee. 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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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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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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