Paint Out Plein Air Art Competitions 2016

Paint Out 2016 competitions
Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its third year, is the UK's premier and only fully juried en plein air art competition, celebrating the talents of national and international artists before a wide and growing audience in the heart of medieval and iconic NorwichOur first satellite painting event was Wells-next-the Sea 2015 on the North Norfolk coast. Last year also saw a first-of-its-kind mass public 'paint out' of some 100 artists, of all ages, painting the expansive Norwich skyline, from historic Mousehold Heath.
Plein Air - Art works carried out in the open air - chiefly with reference to painting.

The Paint Out competitions, however, accept any 2-dimensional media or mixed-media applied to a canvas/board/paper embracing drawing, pastels, oils, watercolour, gouache, acrylic, pen and ink, and even screen-printing. Innovation and originality are encouraged alongside traditional art forms. This year we are also innovating by running a 'freestyle' larger form 2-day event alongside our classic Core event of 4 separate 3-hour painting sessions. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returns for its second year. Read more...


Artist Lara Cobden painting at Wells Beach, Norfolk, Paint Out Wells 2015

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016

The Paint Out Wells 2016 competition on the North Norfolk coast offers a weekend-only pop-up event making it more accessible for those with jobs and other commitments. The event runs 17th-18th September with a public and entered artists optional pre-dawn mass paint out on the quayside to capture the orange and purple hues just before sunrise on the Sunday. Register your interest here, rules and entry forms are now live.

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Artist Paul O'Kane painting Pottergate, Norwich, Paint Out 2015

Paint Out Norwich 2016

The Paint Out Norwich 2016 competition, categories, prizes, event dates, and locations, for the plein air painting days during the Hostry Festival 2016 will be Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th October with artist workshops on Saturday 15th, a public 'paintout' on Sunday 16th, and a gala private view and auction on Wednesday 19th October. Register your interest here, rules and entry forms are now live.

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Judges deliberating at the Paint Out Norwich 2015 Exhibition

Paint Out Exhibition Gallery & Art Auction

Some of the works from dozens of artists last year are still viewable in our online gallery. This year's pictures and paintings will be exhibited at the Hostry extension of Norwich Cathedral from 20-29 October and at the Private View Gala event and silent auction on 19 October.

Paint Out Norwich 2015 Prizewinning Artists

The 2015 Prize Winners were Richard Bond (1st), Mo Teeuw (2nd), Eloise O'Hare (3rd), Michael Richardson (Nocturne 1st) with judges commendations to Brian Korteling, Gennadiy Ivanov, Liam Wales, additional prizes to be announced. Follow Paint Out Norwich on Facebook to see what happened and be first to hear about 2016's competition.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

21 artists descended on North Norfolk’s bustling coastal port of Wells-next-the-Sea during this new for 2015 satellite event. Paint Out Wells featured 2 days of competition sessions, a public beach sunrise 'paint out', evening gala, awards and auction, and a 2-3 day exhibition during the week of 9-13 September. The artists' hub was the historic Dutch ship the Albatros, moored on the quay and the Wells Maltings Sackhouse. The Prize Winners were Lara Cobden (1st), Alfie Carpenter (2nd), Jack Godfrey (3rd) with judges commendations to Susan Mann, Jennifer Sendall, Candide Turner-Bridger, additional prizes went to John Behm, Roy Connelly, and Will Topley. Follow Paint Out Wells on Facebook to see what happened and be first to hear about 2016's competition.

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Sponsors and Partners

Paint Out is put on and sustained by art-loving founders and team members - some paid, some volunteers, with the aim of supporting the growth of plein air art. To achieve and maintain this we are indebted to our sponsors and partners who have provided funds, prizes, or goods and services-in-kind. If you would like to partner or sponsor current and/or future 'paint outs' please contact us.