Paint Out‘s plein air art events and exhibitions in Suffolk, UK, including Sudbury and other future Suffolk towns and locations.

Paint Out Sudbury, 30 Jun 2018

One-day art event in Gainsborough’s hometown with options to paint the town, Gainsborough garden, old railway line walk, the Watermeadows, Mill, River Stour, and more. Great views and amazing local countryside on the Suffolk/Essex border. [Info here…]

Public Paint Outs & other One-Day Paint Outs

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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 are stretching far and wide across the coast from Hunstanton to Wells and Mundesley down to Happisburgh, Waxham, Horsey and Winterton. Inland, we are exploring King’s Lynn, Gunton Park, Trowse and Whitlingham. Visit the online gallery of the event (2020, 2021 to follow). 

Paint Out Norfolk16-24 July 2021

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

2021’s outdoor painting programme includes an 8-day tour of Norfolk and Norwich, coast and countryside (16-24 July). Over 75 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, gardens and parks, allotments and cemeteries!

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Fri 16th July – Norwich and Nearby

Sat 17th July – Norwich

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

Wed 21st July – East Coast

  • Mundesley, Horsey, Happisburgh, Sea Palling, Waxham, Winterton, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth

Thu 22nd July – North Norfolk Country Park

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

Past Events

PAINT OUT NORFOLK 2020 July 16th to July 23rd 2020Paint Out Norfolk16-23 July 2020

Visit the online gallery of the event attended by 50 artists over 8 days creating over 400 paintings. See the locations painting Google map here.

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

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