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 2020-21, we are stretching far and wide across the coast from Wells and Blakeney via Sheringham and Cromer to Mundesley and down to Winterton. Inland, we are exploring Loddon, Trowse and Whitlingham, Bramerton and Surlingham this year. Visit the online gallery of the event.

Paint Out Norfolk17-24 July 2021

PAINT OUT NORFOLK 2020 July 16th to July 23rd 20202021’s outdoor painting programme includes an 8-day tour of Norfolk and Norwich, coast and countryside (17-24 July). Over 50 artists are expected from the UK and abroad. (See our 2020 Covid update for how we handled safety with a socially distant safe practice event and exhibition)

Come and capture the height of summer in city, coast and countryside locations including Norwich, Norfolk seaside, inland Broads, market towns, and historic houses. Week, weekend and multi-day choices available. Priced from £15-£30/day – enter here (2021 event application not live yet).


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Past Events

Paint Out Norfolk16-23 July 2020

Visit the online gallery of the event attended by 50 artists over 8 days creating over 400 paintings.

Paint Out Norfolk 2020 Gallery  

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

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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. 

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Paint Out Norwich, 13-17 Oct 2018

Premier plein air juried art competition since 2014, workshops and talks, public paint out, private view & awards, Hostry exhibition – more information

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 etcApply 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…

Artist Mary Blue Brady

Artist Mary Blue Brady painting Winterton Beach during Paint Out Norfolk 2020. Photo © Katy Jon Went
Artist Mary Blue Brady painting on Mousehold Heath, Paint Out Norwich 2017
Artist Mary Blue Brady painting on Mousehold Heath, Paint Out Norwich 2017. Photo © Katy Jon Went

Mary Blue Brady is an American artist, currently living on the North Norfolk Coast, in the UK. She is a lover of the coast and large open landscape countryside views typically painting wide boards to show the flow of hills, trees, rivers, coastline, sand or sea. In 2019, she also focused on a series of small square individual flower forms. Her art is represented not only in the paint she applies to board but also the poetry she often inscribes within a painting.

“My painterly work weaves in written words with layers of jewel-toned colours and reflects upon the impermanence of life and the powerful forces of nature. I paint the cultural imprint history leaves on the landscape, echoing the sound of ancient footsteps from centuries ago, of fishermen collecting cockles in the creeks, of farmers bringing in the harvest.”

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Paint Out Awards

Paint Out Norfolk – Second Prize (2020)
Paint Out Norfolk – Participated (2019)
Paint Out Gardens – Participated (2019)
Paint Out Holt – Third Prize (2019)
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea – Participated (2018)
Paint Out Great Yarmouth – Participated (2018)
Paint Out Sudbury – Participated (2018)
Paint Out Norwich – Participated (2017)
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea – Participated (2017)

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