Artist Nick Ellwood

Artist Nick EllwoodNick Ellwood works as a reportage artist and illustrator and primarily draws on location to help tell the stories of today. Always starting from his carefully observed drawings, Nick creates work for print, design, digital media, theatre, site-specific works, exhibitions and TV. Nick trained at Chelsea College of Art and Middlesex University School of Art and Design.

Recent art reportage projects include drawing refugees and the camps in Northern France as part of Arts Council England funded project looking at evolving attitudes towards migration “I can see England” and the changing face of London’s Soho for the Guardian.

Clients include: the BBC, Museum Trust, English Heritage, the Guardian, Arts Council England, The National Coal Mining Museum, Visit England, The Migration Museum Project, Random House Publishing, Hatchette Books, The Tatler, Management Today, The Big Issue, Warner Brothers, Grolsch Beer, Harvard University, The University of York, West London University, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Freedom Studios and the Cultural Olympiad 2012.


“Call me by my Name: Stories from Calais and beyond” Group art show with the Migration Museum, London (current)

Guest artist at the London Illustration Fair 2016

York Art Gallery – 12 new works commissioned as part of the permanent collection

Cultural Olympiad 2012 – Leeds City Centre/ Art Gallery – OverWorlds&UnderWorlds

Reportage Drawing Art Workshop at the Royal Norfolk Show

Paint Out is very pleased that Nick will be hosting daily 2-hour (£15) art workshops in drawing on-the-spot at the Royal Norfolk Show.

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

Oxana Klip and James Colman painting Houghton Hall at Paint Out Norfolk 2019

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 around beautiful Norfolk‘s towns, countryside, broads and coast. We’ve also popped up in Suffolk and Cambridge. Many of our events are about extreme painting challenges, in any weather, up against the clock and the gaze of the art-loving public. Come and Experience ArtLive

Our next event is 27-30 October in Norwich and our big event itself – Paint Out Norfolk is July 2023 will attract 100+ artists, a rolling Exhibition and PV & Awards of the best art of the week.

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Paint Out 2022-23

Artist Kate Gabriel painting Winterton allotments, Paint Out Norfolk 2020
Artist Kate Gabriel painting Winterton allotments, Paint Out Norfolk 2020

Our outdoor painting programme builds upon over 9 years of plein air art events and 3 years of 8-day tours of Norfolk and Norwich with open-air exhibitions seeing dozens of artwork sales and thousands raised for charity too. Each event sees interest from over 100 artists from UK, USA, France and elsewhere, do enter the UK’s most innovative plein air art event – the 15-22 July 2022 event is over but 2023 early-bird applications will open soon.

This 27-29 October we are revisiting Norwich in the autumn with a specific emphasis on a Nocturne painting festival running Thursday evening through to a Saturday PV and exhibition in Cathedral Close, Tombland, during the Hostry Festival.

A Sunday warm-up event also ran 26 June 2022 featuring 16 open gardens and a 14th-century church based in the beautiful Ludham, on the Norfolk Broads. Home to Edward Seago and Kieron Williamson, this event saw classic cars, heritage boats, and the village life of a summer festival celebration in full swing. 

Artist Karen Adams painting on Winterton Beach dunes during Paint Out Norfolk 2020
Artist Karen Adams painting on Winterton Beach dunes during Paint Out Norfolk 2020

It’s an opportunity to brush up alongside new and familiar faces of the plein air art community. Challenge your creativity. Develop your skills. Come and capture the height of summer in city, coast, and countryside locations including Norwich, Norfolk seaside, inland Broads, seaport and market towns, historic houses and gardens. There will be guest artists, painting demos, talks, socials, and art world judges. Recent judges have included Dr Sally Anne Huxtable, Michael Richardson, Maggi Hambling, Rob Adams, Hugh Pilkington and Giorgia Bottinelli.

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Experience Art – Live!

Get inspired by experiencing art “live”, watching its creation and creators and then come to an exhibition to see the finished paintings and artworks. 


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

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