Artists compete to create great art inspired by seven Norwich landmarks
15:26 22 October 2014
Archant ï¿½ 2014
Our fine city is full of artists creating beautiful paintings inspired by seven of Norwich’s landmarks.
Twenty-eight artists are taking part in the inaugural Paint Out Norwich competition which started today and continues tomorrow.
Dotted around the city, they have been out and about with their paintbrushes creating work inspired by Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral, St John’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, Pull’s Ferry, Elm Hill, Norwich Market, and The Forum.
Will Buckley, who has organised the en plein air project with James Colman, said he was really impressed with the great variety of art that has been created.
“It’s a real snapshot of Norwich, very different interpretations, some people using oils, some people using charcoals. There are some very different takes on Norwich. I could not be more impressed with the standard of art.”
He said there had been a lot of interest from people following the Paint Out Norwich trail, and that he hoped even more people would enjoy watching the artists at work tomorrow.
“Watching people creating artwork is the polar opposite of watching paint dry - it could not be more exciting!” he said.
Norwich based mixed-media artist Anthea Eames is among those taking part, and to create her cityscapes she has been using elements of Norfolk, including sand from the River Wensum at Pulls Ferry, Norfolk chalk, and charcoal from a bonfire at Blicking.
“I painted the castle from the war memorial and then painted the scene from the castle,” she said, adding that she found the Paint Out Norwich project exciting and challenging.
All the artists taking part are: John Behm, Timothy Betjeman, Bryony Birkbeck, Richard Bond, Patrick Boswell, Leon Bunnewell, Roy Connelly, Chris Daynes, Anthea Eames, Katie Falcon, Cornelia Fitzroy, Gerald Green, Mark Greenwood, Jane Hall, Wil Harvey, Francesca Heathorn, Mary Kallagher, Dan Llywelyn Hall, Chloe Mandy, Stephen Martyn, Elizabeth Monahan, Simon Page, Janet Poole, Michael P Richardson, Haidee-Jo Summers, Mo Teeuw, Liam Wales, and Philip Wilkinson.
The artists are painting in Norwich tomorrow 9am-12pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm, and the Paint Out Norwich winners will be revealed at a gala launch night and auction tomorrow at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry. A Paint Out Norwich exhibition will be at the Hostry until November 2 and people will be able to vote for their favourite artist. Visit www.paintoutnorwich.org.
• Paint Out Norwich is part of the Hostry Festival which runs until November 2. Visit www.hostryfestival.org