Paint Out Plein Air Art Competition & Events 2017Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century en plein air art practice. Our core event, now in its fourth 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 Norwich. Our first satellite painting event was Wells-next-the Sea 2015 on the North Norfolk coast. 2015 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. Innovating again, 2016 witnessed several artists take to canoes to create water-level views of the bridges and rivers of Norwich.
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. Last year we innovated by running a 'freestyle' larger form 2-day event alongside our classic Core event of 4 separate 3-hour painting sessions judged separately in Oils, Water-based, and Other/Mixed-Media categories by eminent artist and art-world judges. Our groundbreaking Nocturne event returned for its second year.Plein Air - Art works carried out in the open air - chiefly with reference to painting.
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Paint Out Norwich 2017
The Paint Out Norwich 2017 competition, categories, prizes, event dates, and locations, for the plein air painting days during the Hostry Festival 2017 will run Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October with artist workshops on Saturday 14th, a public 'paintout' on Tombland and around the Norwich Cathedral area, Sunday 15th, and a gala private view and art sale on Wednesday 18th October. This will be followed by an art exhibition of over 150 paintings until 28 October at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry each day. The 2016 gallery is now online.
The Norwich 2016 event was won by Chris Daynes for “The Yellow Canoe” which also won the First Prize in Oils and £1000 in total including his category win, sponsored by Strutt & Parker. We are also grateful to Archant for sponsoring several second placed prizes as well as the Watercolour and Mixed Media categories. The Oils category saw second place go to Roger Dellar.
The Core event was won in Mixed Media by Alfie Carpenter, for “Guildhall Aglow”, with runner up Tom Cringle – who also won Second Prize overall, sponsored by La Ronde Wright, lifting his prize total to £500.
In Watercolour, Richard Bond's painting of Norwich School playing fields, “Between the Showers”, won, with second place going to Andrew Horrod.
The returning Nocturne event was won by Tom Cringle for his “Untitled” spire at night, with Michael Richardson's “Night Time in the Lanes”, coming second. This prize category was sponsored by Sowerbys.
The new Freestyle event was won by Robert Nelmes for his widescale painting, “Norwich Market”, and the runner up second prize went to Brian Korteling for his very urban Magdalen Street flyover, complete with graffiti, “Waiting for the bus”. This prize category was sponsored by La Ronde Wright.
In addition, the three judges – David Curtis, Sue Grayson Ford, and Nick Holmes, also commended oil paintings by Jerome Hunt “Cathedral Facade Shadows”, Tanya Pawsey, “Swans from Bishop Bridge”, and the mixed media piece by Claire Stevens, “Oldest Iron Bridge”.
Sue Mann, renowned for painting from a bicycle, won this year’s Spirit of Plein Air Award for being the first to take the plunge and paint from a canoe.
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2017The Paint Out Wells 2017 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 15th-17th September with a public and entered artists optional mass paint out on the Sunday. Following that will be paint out artist demonstrations on The Buttlands outside the Crown and the Globe, during the Art Exhibition and Festival including food on the Sunday afternoon.
The Wells 2016 event was won by artist Alfie Carpenter, who also sold all his works on site. Second place went to Tanya Pawsey, and third to Brian Korteling. All three also competed at Paint Out Norwich, 15-19 October. Additional prizes abd awards went to Jack Godfrey, John Behm, and Will Topley.