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Paint Out Norwich takes to the streets

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 October 2016

Keith Walker and Margaret Wither at the event 'Paint Out Norwich' on Tombland area of Norwich.

Keith Walker and Margaret Wither at the event 'Paint Out Norwich' on Tombland area of Norwich.

© Rob Colman 2016. No Syndication.

Dozens of members of the public joined professional artists when they took to the streets to capture the essence of one of Norwich’s most historic districts.

Yesterday afternoon’s public paint out took place in Tombland, with artists setting up their easels around the cathedral, river and cobbled streets – with one venturing to Anglia Square to examine some of the city’s more modern architecture.

The event was part of the wider Paint Out Norwich competition, which will see professional artists at work around the city today and tomorrow.

Sue Willmer, chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, chose the Ethelbert Gate, near Norwich Cathedral, as her subject.

She said: “I’m fairly happy with it. I wanted to get something colourful and a bit joyful.”

She said she had brought clothes for all conditions, and although there were a couple of spots of rain, the weather had been kind to the painters. Her wish for a bit of sunshine to bring out the colours of the scene was even answered when there was a break in the clouds at 3.30pm, half an hour before the three hours allotted for painting came to an end. Keith Walker, 59, from Norwich, painted the Edith Cavell bar on Tombland, which he said gave him the focal point needed for a painting.

He said: “To come out in force I think encourages you. I would normally shy away from standing in the city centre, but when there are a few of us there’s safety in numbers. The passers-by have been very encouraging.”

James Colman, founder and organiser of Paint Out Norwich, said: “This is not just about painting cobbled streets and spires. We want to take the whole of Norwich.

“Every time that I go around [meeting the artists] I’m always ashamed at how little of the city I really know. I suddenly stumble upon something I had not seen before.”

Do you have an arts story? Email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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