Paint Out‘s plein air art events and exhibitions in Norfolk, UK, including Great Yarmouth, Holt, Norwich, Wells-next-the-Sea and other North Norfolk coastal towns, Norfolk Broads, seaports, market towns, country houses and gardens. In 2021 we stretched far and wide across the coast from Hunstanton to Wells and Mundesley down to Happisburgh, Waxham, Horsey and Winterton. Inland, we explored Gooderstone Water Gardens, Gunton Park, Trowse and Whitlingham. Visit the online gallery of the events (2020, 2021).
Paint Out Ludham, ** open to entries ** 26 June 2022
In June we will paint 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 will also see classic cars, heritage boats, and the village life of a summer festival celebration in full swing.
Paint Out Norfolk, 15-23 July 2022
Our outdoor painting programme builds upon 8 years of plein air art events and 2 years successful and Covid-safe 8-day tours of Norfolk and Norwich with an open-air exhibition that saw dozens of artwork sales. In 2022, we are expanding again to welcome over 80-90 artists and add more facilities on-site (art materials, food and beverages etc). With interest from over 100 artists from UK, USA, France and Russia, do sign up early to join the UK’s most innovative plein air art event – the 15-23 July 2022 event is now open for entries with early bird pricing. Come and capture the height of summer in city, coast and countryside locations including Norwich, Norfolk seaside, inland Broads, market towns, and historic houses, gardens and parks, allotments and cemeteries!
Paint Out Norfolk Churches, ** postponed ** 2022
This year sees two warm-up events ahead of July’s art festival and competition. In May we will paint an historic 1000-year-old church in order to help fund its preservation and also paint the sweeping views to the East Coast, lakes and arboretum belonging to James Colman nearby.
Paint Out Norfolk, 16-24 July 2021
An 8-day tour of Norfolk and Norwich, coast and countryside which saw over 70 artists participate and paint from Hunstanton to Winterton, Gooderstone Water Gardens to Gunton Park, and across Norwich and the Norfolk Broads.
Judges included artists Maggi Hambling and Rob Adams, and curator/art historian Giorgia Bottinelli.
(See our 2020 Covid update for how we handled safety with a socially distant safe practice event and exhibition)
Fri 16th July – Norwich and Nearby
- Norwich, Vintage Cars (Park Farm), Yacht Club & Boatbuilders (Whitlingham), John Crome historic painting locations, Norwich allotments
Sat 17th July – Norwich
- Norwich Mousehold, allotments, Norwich Cathedral, Elm Hill, Tombland, Market, St George’s Church at Colegate, sites associated with John Crome
Sun 18th July – Wells and West
- Hunstanton, Thornham, Brancaster, Burnham, Creake, Wells-next-the-Sea
Mon 19th July – Broads
- How Hill, Rollesby Broad, Burgh Castle, Thurne, St Benet’s Abbey, Barton Turf, Breydon Water
Tue 20th July – West Norfolk
- W Norfolk, King’s Lynn, Castle Rising, Gooderstone Water Gardens
Wed 21st July – East Coast
- Mundesley, Horsey, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Waxham, Winterton, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth
Thu 22nd July – North Norfolk Country Park
- Gunton Deer Park, the water-driven sawmill, The Lake, Robert Adams Chapel
Fri 23rd July – Norwich & Private View Day
- Norwich, Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse Village
Sat 24th July – Public Exhibition Day
- Norwich, Whitlingham Country Park, Trowse Village
Paint Out Norfolk Gardens, May-Oct 2019
Throughout the year we will also be exploring Norfolk’s great gardens through one-day events including:
Paint Out Norwich, 14-15 Oct 2019
This year, Paint Out Norwich will provide a finale paintout in the Plantation Garden to the Paint Out Norfolk Gardens series which will have taken place May-October, through the year’s changing seasons, light, and colour. We are now painting Norwich Bishop’s Garden (14 Oct) as well as Plantation Garden (15 Oct) and hope to have sessions exploring other urban parks and gardens in and around Norwich.
Paint Out Holt, 19-20 July 2019
The Holt Festival (21-27 July), now in its eleventh year, has invited Paint Out to open this year’s Festival with a two-day Paint Out and Private View (19-20 July) around the charming North Norfolk town. Robert Upstone a Tate curator will be judging at Paint Out Holt.
Home to 500-year-old Gresham’s School (alumni include WH Auden, Olivia Colman, Benjamin Britten, James Dyson, and the artist Ben Nicholson), this two-session Paint Out will be backed up by a ten-day exhibition in Picturecraft of Holt, a gallery and Art material supplier with the winners exhibiting alongside the now well established Holt Art Prize.
Paint Out Norfolk, 1-7 July 2019
Paint Out Norfolk takes place in conjunction with The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts 1-7 July (painting days 1st-5th, PV 5th, Exhibition 6th-7th) based around the Sainsbury Centre/UEA campus site and painting further afield including Wells-next-the-Sea, the Broads, and Houghton Hall park.
Paint Out Norwich, 13-17 Oct 2018
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea, 8 Sep 2018
North Norfolk coast plein air painting competition. Since 2015 this event has seen workshops, demos, beach public paint outs at sunrise, Buttlands exhibition, day trips to neighbouring towns such as Blakeney, Burnham Market, Brancaster Staithe etc. Apply here or more information about our long-running Wells events.
Paint Out Great Yarmouth, 1 Sep 2018
A new one-day event is taking place – Paint Out Great Yarmouth on 1 September, from Seaside to Quayside, in collaboration with Norfolk Museums Service and particularly the Time and Tide Museum’s event ‘Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman‘ which explores the identity of Great Yarmouth and its surrounding landscape through the artwork it has inspired. Apply here.
Paint Out at the RNS 28-29 June 2017
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.
Public Paint Outs & other One-Day Paint Outs
More of these to follow…