Paint Out Sudbury, 30 June 2018

Artist Robert Nelmes painting from old railway in Sudbury, Suffolk. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Sudbury took place on 30 June 2018, on the Essex/Suffolk border, home to Thomas Gainsborough who inspired John Constable, with picturesque scenery including the Water Meadows and River Stour, an old railway line, the market town itself, St Peter’s Church and Gainsborough’s house. One day, two sessions, en plein air

A baker’s dozen of plein air artists took to the historic wool town of Sudbury, birthplace of Gainsborough with its snaking River Stour, Suffolk countryside and some 247 Heritage Listed buildings in the town itself. It was a veritable treasure trove of idyllic painting locations on one of the hottest days of the year.

Participating artists included: Eleanor Alison, John Behm, Sarah Berbank Green, Mary Blue Brady, James Colman (non-competing), Tom Cringle, Robin Drury, Jack Godfrey, Julie Hodgson, Andrew Horrod, Robert Nelmes, Eloise O’Hare, Sue Willmer.

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Artist Paul Alcock

Artist Paul Alcock painting Royal Norfolk Show 2017 photo by KJ WentPaul Alcock trained at Southend College of Art and Camberwell School of Art, and for the last 15 years has worked as an artist and adult teacher. He has painted live with the BBC during their coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and also twice participated as a “Wild Card” in the Sky Arts Landscape Competition.

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Based in Southend on Sea, Essex, it is the local environment plus a few trips further afield that have provided the main inspiration for his impressionistic paintings. He enjoys “creating works which celebrate life and beauty in the world around him” and exhibits his work through local galleries and the Leigh Art Trail.

He loves the atmosphere of painting competitions and the chance to meet and work amongst other artists. He took part in Paint Out Norwich 2016-17, Royal Norfolk Show 2017, Paint Out Wells 2018 and the first Paint Out Great Yarmouth in 2018, as well as others including Pintar Rapido, The Bath Prize and Sky Arts Landscape Competition (2015 and 2016).
Artist Paul Alcock

Paint Out History

Paint Out Norfolk – Spirit of Plein Air Award (2020)
Paint Out Norwich – Judge’s commendation (2017), Nocturne Second Prize (2018)
Paint Out Great Yarmouth – Second Prize (2018)
Paint Out Wells – selected and participated (2018)
Paint Out Royal Norfolk Show – selected and participated (2017)
Paint Out Norwich – selected and participated (2016)

Other Awards

Artists & Illustrators magazine‘s Artist of the Year competition, shortlisted (2012)
Essex Open Exhibition – Best work in Exhibition (2011)


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