Paint Out™ is an art event that aims to refresh and redefine 21st-century en plein air art practice. Founded in 2014, it has become the UK's premier and only fully juried en plein air art competition. The event celebrates the talents of national and international artists in the presence of a broad audience, located in the heart of medieval and iconic Norwich, as well as in the picturesque towns, countryside, broads, and coast of beautiful Norfolk. Paint Out™ has also made appearances in Suffolk and Cambridge.
The focus of many Paint Out™ events lies in extreme painting challenges, where artists face unpredictable weather conditions, race against the clock, and showcase their skills before the admiring gaze of art enthusiasts. Attendees are invited to immerse themselves in the experience of live art, witnessing the creation of masterpieces right before their eyes.
Their outdoor painting programme is a culmination of over 9 years of successful plein air art events and 3 years of organizing 8-day tours of Norfolk and Norwich, accompanied by open-air exhibitions that have witnessed numerous artwork sales and the raising of thousands of pounds for charity. Each event attracts the interest of over 100 artists from the UK, USA, France, and various other locations. Artists are encouraged to participate in the UK's most innovative plein air art event, scheduled to take place from July 13th to July 22nd, 2023. The early-bird application phase has already seen an overwhelming response, with over 100 artist entries received.
This event offers a unique opportunity for artists to connect with both familiar and new faces within the plein air art community. It serves as a platform to challenge their creativity and develop their skills. Optional additional workshops and demonstrations will be conducted by esteemed guest artists Haidee Jo Summers, Roger Dellar, and Rob Nelmes. Participants will have the chance to capture the essence of summer across a variety of locations, including county, city, coast, and countryside settings in Norwich, Norfolk seaside, inland Broads, seaport and market towns, historic houses and gardens, as well as forays into Constable country in Suffolk. The event will feature guest artists, painting demonstrations, informative talks, social gatherings, and a panel of art world judges.
Prominent judges from previous editions have included Dr. Sally Anne Huxtable, Michael Richardson, Maggi Hambling, Rob Adams, Hugh Pilkington, and Giorgia Bottinelli. This year, the judging panel will include art historian Frances Spalding, renowned author of the Times art book of the year, along with other experts specialising in British Art since 1900.
Thursday 13 July Whitlingham and Norwich
Friday 14 July Norwich
Saturday 15 July Flatford Mill, Suffolk
Sunday 16 July Sennowe Park and the Broads
Monday 17 July North Norfolk Coast
Tuesday 18 July East Norfolk Coast and Yarmouth
Wednesday 19 July Bylaugh Hall Gardens and Wensum Valley
Thursday 20 July Whitlingham and Norwich
To spice up curiosity, whilst visiting the plein air exhibition, we encourage you to bring items from your own collection for valuation by Sworders specialists, Luke Macdonald and Andrew Bowyer.
This isn't limited to paintings but portability is essential, however, photographs of larger collections are encouraged.
For more information and full event details please visit Paint Out.