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Artists head to the coast for Norfolk’s open air art competition

PUBLISHED: 11:40 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:40 25 September 2017

Andrew Horrod painting at Paint Out Wells beach sunrise. Picture: Katy Jon Went

Andrew Horrod painting at Paint Out Wells beach sunrise. Picture: Katy Jon Went

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A number of budding artists from across Norfolk headed to Wells for the seaside town’s annual open air art competition, resulting in an exhibition of over 100 artworks.

Artist Jack Godfrey's first prize painting in progress at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk Paint Out Wells 2017. Picture: Katy Jon WentArtist Jack Godfrey's first prize painting in progress at Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk Paint Out Wells 2017. Picture: Katy Jon Went

The Paint Out competition saw over 20 artists head to the coast over the weekend of September 15 to 17 and they were followed by hundreds of art dealers, collectors and locals who went along to see the results on display.

In total 120 artworks were exhibited at a pop-up gallery in the Congregational Hall and a marquee gallery on the Buttlands.

Each piece was judged by art dealers and valuers, James Glennie and Nick Holmes, along with experienced open air artist Michael Richardson.

The winner of the competition was Norwich resident Jack Godfrey, 40, who painted a piece titled The width of Wells. Mr Godfrey also won third prize at the first Paint Out Wells competition and was highly commended last year for his paintings of Brancaster Staithe.

Judge Nick Holmes discusses Second prize winning painting 'Blakeney Hard' by Artist Sam Robbins. Picture: Katy Jon WenJudge Nick Holmes discusses Second prize winning painting 'Blakeney Hard' by Artist Sam Robbins. Picture: Katy Jon Wen

In second place was newcomer Sam Robbins, a former Eastern Daily Press staff photographer, 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.

Many of the artists arrived on the opening day before 5am to watch the sun rise over the Wells’ beach and give their own personal interpretation of the north Norfolk coast.

The largest of the dawn paintings was by artist Tom Cringle, from Wells. His piece, named East Hills Dawn, measured over 1m square and sold within minutes of going on display.

The Paint Out competition is becoming a major scheme for Norfolk’s art scene. The organisers kicked off 2017 in May with a dozen artists taking to a double-decker bus in Norwich to paint from a unique perspective.

Artist Jack Godfrey wins First prize at Paint Out Wells 2017. Picture: Katy Jon WentArtist Jack Godfrey wins First prize at Paint Out Wells 2017. Picture: Katy Jon Went

It is set to return to Wells next year but will first head to Norwich between October 14 and 18 for a combination of workshops, exhibitions and prizes. The Norwich event will be the fourth for the city and once it concludes there will be an art exhibition of over 150 paintings on display at the Norwich Cathedral Hostry until October 28.

Any artists that wish to register their interest in taking part in the Norwich event can visit the website.

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