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

Apply to Paint Out 2018 Events

Paint Out 2018 Plein Air Art Competitions

Paint Out New Location(s) | Paint Out Wells (Sep 2018) Paint Out Norwich (mid-Oct 2018)

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Paint Out Norwich

The dates for the Paint Out Norwich 2018 competition will be confirmed shortly but are likely to be mid-October 2018. We invite artists in all art media that can be applied to board or canvas or even digital to apply submitting a CV and illustrations of 5 pieces of work. There is no deadline for entry and all applications will be continuously juried until our quota is full so we encourage you to enter as soon as dates go live for the earliest confirmation of your participation and easiest access to affordable accommodation. Prizes will be awarded in oil, watercolour, mixed media, and drawing, illustration & printing categories as well as for nocturnes.

Paint Out 2018 Register interest   Paint Out Rules   Paint Out Norwich Entry Form

Artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to create art “en plein air“, out and about among Norwich’s vibrant cityscape, during a timed competition in full view of the public. Artists will be able to choose between the Core 3-hour challenge events, and/or the popular Nocturne events. Thousands of pounds of prizes will be awarded across many categories, as well as runners-up, and judges’ commendations, so that there’s plenty of scope for recognition of your work and achievement.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea

The dates for the Paint Out Wells 2018 competition this year are likely to be early September 2018. We invite artists in all art media that can be applied to board or canvas to apply submitting a CV and illustrations of 5 pieces of work. There is no deadline for entry and all applications will be continuously juried until our quota is full so we encourage you to enter soon for the earliest confirmation of your participation and easiest access to available accommodation.

Paint Out 2018 Register interest   Paint Out Rules   Paint Out Wells Entry Form

What is Paint Out & Plein Air?

Paint Out™ is a multi-faceted event aiming to redefine en plein air art practice. Our core event is the premier and only fully juried en plein air competition in the United Kingdom, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich and at satellite locations. Our events aim to push the experience of painting en plein air and its challenges in all weather conditions, times of day and light, and varied locations and points of view. 

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, and even screen-printing. Innovation and originality are encouraged alongside traditional art forms.

History of the Paint Out Competition

Paint Out Norwich launched in 2014 during the city’s October Hostry Festival, that itself began in 2011. Some 30 artists participated in the first Norwich event, 35-45 in subsequent events. Read about the prizewinners from Paint Out Norwich 2014, Norwich 2015, Norwich 2016 and Paint Out Norwich 2017. Paint Out events also hit the North Norfolk coast of Wells-next-the-Sea, Blakeney, Brancaster Staithe, and Burnham Market, in 2015-2017. See some of the past winners: Paint Out Wells 2016, 2017.

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