Paint Out Wells 2017 Prize Awards & Winning Paintings

Artists Wendy Kimberley and Sally Usher, Andrew Horrod in the background, painting at Paint Out Wells beach sunrise. Photo by Katy Jon Went

It’s September in Wells-next-the-Sea, whilst the beaches are noticeably less populated, the queues at the fish and chips marginally shorter, the small seaside town was buzzing with pirates and over 20 Paint Out artists, the weekend of 15-17 September 2017.

These weather-hardened outdoor painters, unique among artists to leave the warmth and walls of the studio, visited Wells in the third year of this festival of plein air art competition event. The now annual event has established a visible pop-up presence for art in the form of an artists’ hub in the Congregational Hall and marquee gallery on the Buttlands. Many hundreds visited the exhibition of 120 artworks painted during the weekend, from sunrise to sunset, from North Norfolk’s Wells’ beach to Blakeney’s boats.

Wells-next-the-Sea Beach Paint Out at Dawn & Sunrise

Artist Sarah Muir Poland painting at Paint Out Wells beach sunrise. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Commended artist Sarah Muir Poland painting at Paint Out Wells beach sunrise. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Fast becoming a must-do event in the art and festival calendar, more people than ever encountered the artists painting the North Norfolk coast, returning to the tent to see the works come in, get their tickets, and go on display. The largest painting of over 1m square, titled “East Hills Dawn” by local artist Tom Cringle, was painted at dawn on the beach, and sold within minutes of going on display. Tom was among 21 brave artists who rose before 5am to watch and paint the superb sunrise on both the beach and pre-dawn purples and oranges appearing as beautiful backdrop to the silhouetted Albatros on the quay, where several artists stayed during the weekend.

Judges’ First Prize Winner

Artist Jack Godfrey's first prize painting in progress at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk Paint Out Wells 2017. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Norwich artist Jack Godfrey’s first prize painting in progress at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Photo by Katy Jon Went

The painting competition judges – art dealers and valuers, James Glennie and Nick Holmes, along with experienced plein air artist Michael Richardson – considered long and hard over the artworks but were nigh on unanimous in their choice of Jack Godfrey’s bold widescape, “The width of Wells”, as first prize winner.

Jack, 40, from Norwich, won third prize at the first Paint Out Wells and was highly commended last year for his paintings of Brancaster Staithe. 

Second Prize Art Award

James Colman presents Second prize at Paint Out Wells 2017 to Artist Sam Robbins. Photo by Katy Jon Went
James Colman presents Second prize at Paint Out Wells 2017 to Norwich artist Sam Robbins. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Hopkins Homes have graciously sponsored the prizes all three years and the second prize this year was awarded to newcomer Sam Robbins, a former EDP staff photographer, and who currently teaches GCSE photography at North Walsham High School.

In 2014, he gained a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts and has a piece of his work in the University Permanent Collection. So does one of the judges, now, as his prize piece “Blakeney Hard”, a sgraffito oil on cardboard work with scraped back paint effects of the sign and mooring posts at Blakeney Quay was sold along with another of Wells Ebb Tide.

Competition Judges’ Commendations

Esther Lemmens presents a judge's commendation at Paint Out Wells 2017 to Artist Shaun Carey. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Esther Lemmens presents a judge’s commendation at Paint Out Wells 2017 to artist Shaun Carey. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Judges’ individual commendations also went to Norfolk-based artists Sarah Muir Poland, Shaun Carey, and to Robert Nelmes – a winner at Paint Out Norwich 2016 and Royal Norfolk Show 2017 events.

The occasional ‘Spirit of Plein Air’ award for artistic endeavour went to local North Norfolk artist Karen Adams, who interrupted a holiday in Spain to fly back and take part and who two-years running was first up to paint the sunrise between 5-6am. That’s commitment!

Paint Out’s Unique Experience

Paint Out seeks to put raw, wet, unframed art, straight off the easel into the hands of new and seasoned art buyers alike. It challenges the assumption that gilt frames and established galleries are the only places to find Fine Art. Instead, we encourage art lovers to discover it ‘in-process’, watch it being created, and then own it, packaged in a posh ‘paint out’ pizza box to keep it pristine on its journey to a new home and frame of the purchaser’s choice.

The organisers are grateful to the welcoming community of Wells-next-the-Sea and their support of our unique event. Wells residents are already wise to the fact that they live in a place that is a veritable paradise for artists with some of the best vantage points from which to paint the serene sights of the north Norfolk coast. Paint Out is confident that the event will grow and grow, returning next year.

James Colman packages a sold artwork in the posh paintout takeaway pizza box. Photo by Katy Jon Went
James Colman packages a sold artwork in the ‘posh’ paintout takeaway pizza-style box,. Photo by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells 2016 Artist Winners, Prizes & Awards

Judges Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner revealing First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went

The Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2016 Artist Prize Winners chosen from over 80 paintings by 19 artists, were: Alfie Carpenter (1st), Tanya Pawsey (2nd), Brian Korteling (3rd) with judge’s commendations to last year’s third placed winner Jack Godfrey and also 2015’s second placed winner Alfie Carpenter -in addition to his first place prize this year.

Paint Out is grateful to local and Shetland artist Nicholas Barnham, and to Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, for judging the high standard and varied styles of work on display. We are of course indebted to our sponsors Hopkins HomesArchant, and Sowerbys for providing the generous prizes.

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

First Prize – Alfie Carpenter

The Paint Out Wells judges awarded Alfie Carpenter the £750 first prize donated by sponsor Hopkins Homes for his large 20″x30″ mixed media dawn collage “Hoping For Sun” created on Wells-next-the-Sea quayside.

“I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the response and the accolades for my work. I’m really thankful to Paint Out for the opportunity to create new work in such an exciting way and it was an honour to be working alongside such wonderful artists.
I still can’t quite believe it!” – Alfie Carpenter

First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter Hoping for Sun photo by Katy Jon Went
First Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Alfie Carpenter ‘Hoping for Sun’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Second Prize – Tanya Pawsey

Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey 'Dancing Boats' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Second Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Tanya Pawsey ‘Dancing Boats’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Tanya Pawsey was torn between painting two works side-by-side in the three-hour session and of the two ended up submitting a closely cropped study in oils of bobbing boats dancing in the water and early Sunday morning light on the harboured-sea. She wins the second prize of £500 donated by sponsor Archant for her 10×12″ work entitled “Dancing Boats, Wells”. Tanya described herself as being “over the moon” to have won a prize:

“I’m over the moon that I’ve won a prize as I was already buzzing with pride at having the courage to take part. I’ve won new friends, encouragement, inspiration and funds to invest into new equipment! [L]ooking forward to Paint Out Norwich next month.” – Tanya’s blog

“Winning an award was the last thing I expected so I’m absolutely thrilled! I’m extremely thankful to everyone involved in Paint Out for making it a most inspiring and encouraging event.” – Tanya Pawsey

Third Prize – Brian Korteling

Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling 'The Albatros' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Third Prize at Paint Out Wells 2016 Brian Korteling ‘The Albatros’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Brian Korteling was awarded the third prize of £250 donated by sponsor Sowerbys for his work entitled “The Albatros” created during a high tide that was flooding across the quayside car park next to where The Albatros ship is moored.

“I was delighted and surprised to win 3rd prize. There was some really high quality and interesting work produced over the weekend and it was a pleasure to take part. Will definitely be back in Wells next year for Paint Out.” – Brian Korteling

Brian has also been selected to take part in Paint Out Norwich in October 2016.

Judge’s commendations

Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey 'Up (and Down) the Creek' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Judges Commendation at Paint Out Wells 2016 Jack Godfrey ‘Up (and Down) the Creek’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Apart from having to agree on the top three prize awards the two judges: artist Nicholas Barnham and Amanda Geitner, Director of the East Anglia Arts Fund, were also given the freedom to award a personal commendation outside the top rankings with a £100 prize going to each of the following highly commended artists: Alfie Carpenter, and Jack Godfrey. The consistency of the judging is demonstrated in the fact that three different judges awarded these same two artists second and third prizes, respectively, at Paint Out Wells 2015.

Spirit of Plein Air & Other Art Awards

Team Award - Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm 'LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Team Award – Spirit of Plein Air at Paint Out Wells 2016 John Behm ‘LN86 BN2 and 6:37am, Wells at the Flood Tide’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

Two further prizes recognising artist’s merits and mettle include an award of £100 to John Behm, as a Team recognition for someone who embodied the “Spirit of Plein Air”, for painting in the cold biting winds and rainy downpours in shorts, in the mud, and in flipflops at dawn on a high tide-flooded quayside. Out of the three Paint Out events in which this award has been given, John has won it twice, he goes the extra mile for his art.

Community Award - Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley 'Dawn, Wells Gantry' - photo by Katy Jon Went
Community Award – Essence of Wells at Paint Out Wells 2016 Will Topley ‘Dawn, Wells Gantry’ – photo by Katy Jon Went

In addition, a Community recognition award of £100, also for a second time, went to Will Topley for his capturing of the essence of Wells-next-the-Sea.

Long-time supporter of Paint OutMichael Richardson, delivered an art workshop and during it also created a painting of one of its participants, who was a popular entrant in Paint Out Norwich 2014. Mary Kallagher was delighted to receive the painting itself as a gift and recognition of her spirit in keeping painting irrespective of hand and eye health issues.

A young 4-year-old art critic also awarded Sue Mann a bag of jelly babies for her favourite painting of a “pink boat”.  Sue Mann received an artist’s commendation at Paint Out Wells 2015, so the young judge has good taste!

For more art prizes and awards check out Paint Out Norwich‘s gala awards night on 19 October.

 

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea, the North Norfolk coastal plein air art competition

Tony Robinson Wells Quayside Norfolk POW15 by Katy Jon Went

Paint Out Wells Plein Air Art Competition 2017

Artist Jane Hodgson, Paint Out Wells Beach, Norfolk, 2015. Photo by Katy Jon Went
Artist Jane Hodgson, Paint Out Wells Beach, Norfolk, 2015

Paint 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, as well as on the beautiful North Norfolk coast at Wells-next-the-Sea, now in its third year.

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.

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Paint Out Wells 2017 dates

The 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.

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Artist Will Topley at Paint Out Wells 2016 by Giacomo Gex on Vimeo.

Paint Out Wells 2016

Artist Katie Falcon pastels at Paint Out Wells 2015
Artist Katie Falcon pastels at Paint Out Wells 2015

The Wells-next-the-Sea coastal competition was more of a pop-up guerrilla art event over a painting-packed weekend, 16-18 September. It featured a pre-dawn/sunrise plein air opportunity to capture the quayside docks and boats as the early morning light shifts from blacks, through purples and oranges – a Nocturne, in reverse, if you like! We also added a Wells Beach sunset paintout on Friday 16th (minus the sun, due to the weather!) and a morning paint out trip at Brancaster and Burnham Overy Staithes, and Burnham Market. The amazing Albatros afloat featured as part of the event as well as the Congregational Hall as a secure hub.

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Non-competition artists were also welcome to participate in a painting under pressure of time and light workshop with Michael Richardson, UA on the afternoon of Saturday 17th. Sunday morning saw the public invited to join competition artists at the Wells Quayside sunrise paint out.

Michael Richardson Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015 Photo by Katy Jon Went
Michael Richardson Art Workshop at Paint Out Wells 2015

Volunteering Opportunities

Paint Out is thankful for the hard work of its volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering for our current ‘paint outs’, assisting artists, helping manage the registration desks and paintings, and being part of our arts events can register online or join our volunteers facebook group. It looks great on a CV!

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Paint Out History

Paint Out Norwich launched in 2014 and since then well over 100 different artists have taken part in our professional competitions and over 120 in our public paint outs. Our first satellite painting event was Wells-next-the Sea 2015 on the North Norfolk coast. That year also saw first-of-its-kind mass public ‘paint outs’ firstly on Wells Beach at sunrise and then, the following month, of some 100 artists, of all ages,  painting the expansive Norwich skyline, from historic Mousehold Heath.

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015

Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition
Paint Out Wells-next-the-Sea 2015 Competition

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 an 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 future events.

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Mission statement

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Paint Out is a multifaceted arts event that aims to attract national and international talent by its annual events that focus on the challenges imposed by creating work ‘on the spot’ in the urban environment. Paint Out is keen to see a competition that tests artists’ skill and craft to the maximum, promoting the burgeoning UK arts scene, and providing an interactive educational experience. Our expanding events have included schools, public, and professional art competitions, artwork exhibitions and auctions, talks, “Artist’s Question Time”, and open air art workshops.
 

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