Paint Out Cambridge 2019 Artist Awards & Prizewinning Paintings

Judge James Horton and James Colman presenting Watercolour and Mixed Media winner Susanna Field with her first prize

The inaugural Paint Out Cambridge took place this week and saw over 140 paintings created, each in under 3 hours, across the days and early evenings of 13-15 May. Some 30 plein air artists took to the streets of Cambridge painting its classic colleges, beautiful bridges, meandering River Cam and idyllic meadows with cows, geese and swans, the bustling Market Square, canal boats, punts and of course, bicycles, everywhere.

Andrew Horrod with his First Prize in Acrylics painting of Portugal Street at Paint Out Cambrideg 2019
Andrew Horrod with his First Prize in Acrylics painting of Portugal Street at Paint Out Cambridge

The successful outdoor art event, run in Norfolk since 2014, finally arrived in Cambridge – aided by partnering with Cheffins Fine Art, whose head of paintings, Sarah Flynn, acted as one of the event judges.

Cass Art donated art vouchers for all participants and the three category winners took home £350 each as well as a box of Cass Art supplies. Artist Robert Nelmes won in Oils, Andrew Horrod in Acrylics, and Susanna Field in Watercolours and Mixed Media.

Artist Sarah Allbrook winning a judge's commendation at Paint Out Cambridge 2019
Artist Sarah Allbrook winning a judge’s commendation at Paint Out Cambridge 2019

Judge’s honourable mentions and £100 each went to Stephen Johnston, David Wood, and Sarah Allbrook who also sold 5 paintings at the Private View. Dan Llywelyn Hall was noted in dispatches for his imaginative artworks and titling, and the Spirit of Cambridge and £100 went to Alice Thomson for the energy and vibrancy of her illustrative works which also sold well. The paintings were shown at Cheffins Fine Art on Clifton Road until 17 May and a number will be available online at Paint Out Cambridge 2019 gallery.

The artists painted around Cambridge at some of the many locations on this map, taking in ‘town and gown’, the city market and spires, colleges, and countryside on your doorstep that exists along the Backs, greens, ‘pieces’, meadows and fens.

James Colman presenting First Prize in Oils to artist Robert Nelmes
James Colman presenting First Prize in Oils to Robert Nelmes

The winning paintings featured Gonville and Caius College (Robert Nelmes), twilight on King’s Parade (Susanna Field), and Portugal Street from Jesus Green (Andrew Horrod).

The judges were allowed their own personal commendations with London artist Alice Hall choosing Stephen Johnston’s ‘View from the Master’s Garden’ at Trinity looking towards Kitchen Bridge, St John’s College. Local artist and writer James Horton selected local Cambridge artist David Wood’s classic watercolour of Westcott House on Jesus Lane. Head of paintings at Cheffins Fine Art, Sarah Flynn – who also judged at the long-running Paint Out Norwich competition last year, chose Cambridge-based artist Sarah Allbrook’s view south on the River Cam from Garret Hostel Bridge.

Artist Alice Thomson being presented with the Spirit of Cambridge Prize at POC2019
Artist Alice Thomson being presented with the Spirit of Cambridge Prize at POC2019

The Spirit of Cambridge award won by Girton-based artist Alice Thomson featured Magdalene Bridge with its punts, bicycles and the views towards Magdalene College and St Giles (Parish of the Ascension) on the slight hill on the horizon – our hospitable hub for the week of painting.

Paint Out is grateful for the packed turnout at the Private View on Thursday 16 May and warm welcome received in the city of Cambridge, particularly from the council when our artists were massed around the Market on Wednesday. Hopefully, Paint Out Cambridge 2019 will just be our first foray into this fascinating city and see us return, perhaps next year.

We have other art events beginning 26 May through to October scheduled in Norfolk historic gardens, at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, and at the Holt Festival. Artists can enter any or all of these to continue to push and present their plein air practice to interested art lovers with a growing interest in and respect of the plein air painting tradition.

Artist Stephen Johnston

Part-time teacher and artist, Stephen Johnston lives in Norwich and regularly paints with the Norwich Outdoor Painting Group. He first participated at Paint Out Norwich in 2017 and also entered two Paint Out events in 2018.

He describes himself as a creative person who gains much satisfaction from producing artwork.

“Being outdoors and in nature’s grip gives me space to be inspired and refreshed. The process is the most important aspect in my journey, I am often dissatisfied with the results but keep the outcome as a record of my observations, aspirations, application, time spent outdoors painting plein air.” – Stephen Johnston

Paint Out History

Paint Out NorwichWinter Nocturne First Prize (2018)
Paint Out Great Yarmouth – selected and participated (2018)
Paint Out Norwich – selected and participated (2017)


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Paint Out Holt 2019

Paint Out Holt 19-20 July 2019 saw 55 paintings created by 22 plein air artists across 3 sessions from Friday to Saturday morning ahead of opening the Holt Festival at Picturecraft Gallery in Holt. Prizes were awarded by Robert Upstone, former Senior Curator of 20th Century Art at Tate and Norfolk-based Art Historian, Charlotte Crawley – a former curator and past Director of the East Anglia Art Fund. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.

Paint Out Norfolk 2019

Paint Out Norfolk 1-5 July 2019 saw 100 paintings created by 27 plein air artists at 5 Norwich and Norfolk locations from coast to county ending at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art for a last day paint out and Private View. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.

Paint Out Cambridge 2019

Paint Out Cambridge 13-15 May 2019 saw 135 artworks made by 28 plein air artists at this inaugural Cambridgeshire event with Cheffins Fine Art. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery.

Paint Out Norwich 2018

The fifth Paint Out Norwich took place 13-17 October 2018 with 35 artists producing nearly 300 artworks over 5 days. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery or browse by participating artist.

Participating Artists

Karen AdamsPaul Alcock, Eleanor Alison, Sarah Allbrook, Alex Atkinson, Virginia Bain, John Behm, Richard Bond, JC Bradwell, Hannah Bruce, Shaun Carey, Alfie Carpenter, Tom Cringle, Roger Dellar, Lucy Ellis, Emily Faludy, Andrew Farmer, Sue Field, Kate Gabriel, Jack Godfrey, Patricia Harper, Julie Hodgson, Andrew HorrodSusan Isaac, Wendy Kimberley, Owen Mathers, Robert NelmesEloise O’HareRob Pointon, Jim Power, Sam Robbins, Tony Robinson (guest artist), Megan Rose, Pat Tinsley, Sue Willmer

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2018

The fourth Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea took place on the north Norfolk coast on 8 September 2018. View the winners and other selected paintings gallery or browse by participating artist.

Participating Artists

Karen AdamsPaul Alcock, John Behm, Mary Blue Brady, Shaun Carey, James Colman (guest artist), Tom Cringle, Sheila Cunningham, Jan Dingle, Jan Gaska, Jack Godfrey, Audrey Hay, Julie Hodgson, Mary Kallagher, Susanna MacInnes, Aggie Matyjaszek, Eloise O’Hare, Georgina Potter, Sam Robbins, Lesley Williams

Paint Out Great Yarmouth 2018

Paint Out Great Yarmouth took place in the historic Norfolk coastal town on 1 September 2018. Yarmouth has featured in historic paintings and its history in art was portrayed during ‘Drawn to the Coast: Turner, Constable, Cotman‘ which explored the identity of Great Yarmouth and its surrounding landscape through the artwork it has inspired. J.M.W Turner and John Constable, Norwich School of painters such as Joseph Stannard, John Sell Cotman and John Crome were all drawn to paint here.

Participating Artists

Paul Alcock, Denise Allen, Virginia Bain, John Behm, Mary Brady, Sheila Cunningham, Jan Dingle, Emily Faludy, Jack Godfrey, Stephen Johnston, Wendy Kimberley, Eloise O’Hare, Robert Nelmes, Sarah Muir Poland, James Power, Sam Robbins, Lesley Williams

Paint Out Sudbury 2018

Paint Out Sudbury took place in the historic wool and silk town on 30 June 2018, on the Essex/Suffolk border, home to Thomas Gainsborough who inspired John Constable, with picturesque scenery including the Water Meadows, Valley Trail and River Stour, the old railway line, market town itself, St Peter’s Church, and Gainsborough’s house and garden, among the 247 Heritage Listed buildings. One day, two sessions, en plein air! View the gallery of artworks online.

Participating Artists

Eleanor Alison, John Behm, Sarah Berbank Green, Mary Blue Brady, James Colman (guest artist), Tom Cringle, Robin Drury, Jack Godfrey, Julie Hodgson, Andrew HorrodRobert NelmesEloise O’Hare, Sue Willmer

Plein Air Painting at the Royal Norfolk Show 2017

Paint Out 2017 saw an en plein air invitational event at the Royal Norfolk Show. Fifteen hardy artists painted all the colour and character of the UK’s largest two-day agricultural event amidst torrential downpours and mud to rival Glastonbury! From fairground to farriers, and pigs to poultry, there was plenty to paint. Our artists were positioned around the Norfolk Showground site, returning their wet artworks every few hours to our tent for a live art auction on the first day, and continually refreshed rolling exhibition over both days. View the gallery of artworks online.

Participating Artists

Paul AlcockTom CringleNick Ellwood, Jack Godfrey, Jane Hodgson, Andrew HorrodJerome HuntBrian KortelingRod MajorRobert NelmesEloise O’HareJohn PatchettJennifer SendallHaidee-Jo SummersMo Teeuw

Video of the First Prize winner Robert Nelmes painting the winning painting at the Royal Norfolk Show