Artists silhouetted at Paint Out Wells 2015 sunrise. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Plein Air Painting Competition, Exhibition & Live Art Experience

Jane Hodgson easel and painting at Paint Out Wells 2015. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Jane Hodgson easel and painting at Paint Out Wells 2015. Photo by KJW

Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to refresh and redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Founded in 2014, we are 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 Norwich, as well as on the beautiful North Norfolk coast at Wells-next-the-Sea. We are expanding our events across Norfolk including the Royal Norfolk Show, the UK and further afield. Many of our events are about extreme painting, in any weather, up against the clock and the gaze of the art-loving public. Come and Experience ArtLive

Kett’s Heights Paint Out 15 Oct   Paint Out Norwich 15-17 Oct   John Wonnacott Talk 17 Oct   Paint Out PV & Awards 18 Oct   Paint Out Exhibition 19-28 Oct

Plein Air – Art works carried out in the open air – chiefly with reference to painting.

The Paint Out competitions and invitationals accept any 2-dimensional media or mixed-media applied to a canvas/board/paper embracing drawing, pastels, oils, watercolour, gouache, acrylic, pen and ink, screen-printing, and even digital in certain categories. Innovation and originality are encouraged alongside traditional art forms. We are increasingly moving towards displaying mostly unframed ‘art in the raw’, showing off plein air art in a fresh way, hot – or rather wet off the easel. 

We seek to capture the urban city and country environments in contemporary ways for a new and modern audience as well as established art collectors. We bring art and artists to the people, rather than vice versa, with our artists on the streets and pop-up galleries on the greens. If you want to commission or collaborate with us to bring an event to your location, please get in touch.

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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 Kett’s Heights, Sunday 15th, and a private view, awards 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 viewable online, as are past events.
 

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.

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

Paint Out at the RNS 28-29 June weekend

RNS Art & Music, Paint Out

Paint Out 2017 featured 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. Our artists and team were to be found around the Show and at the Leathes Prior sponsored Paint Out tent. There willa an auction of the still-wet fresh art on the Wednesday 28th by Arnolds Keys fine art auctioneers and a rolling gallery exhibition and sale of paintings from shortly after 8am 28 June to 6pm 29 June. Archant sponsored and presented £500 of prizes for First and Second places “Best in Show” paintings to Robert Nelmes and Tom Cringle. Norwich Art Supplies provided the art materials voucher prizes, presented to Haidee-Jo Summers and Mo Teeuw, for the jointly-shared Spirit of Plein Air award. View the Gallery of art painted and those still for sale.

Paint Out News, Updates & Social Media

You can read our latest blog posts, news and updates here. You can also contact us by Email and follow us on Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube to keep up to date with local art exhibitions, progress of the 2016 competition, and news about our artists.