The inaugural Paint Out Cambridge takes place on 13-17 May in partnership with Cheffins Fine Art. Dozens of experienced plein air artists used to working on the streets will paint Cambridge’s classic colleges, chapels and beautiful bridges, River Cam, Market Square and other views.
Inaugural Paint Out Cambridge launches next month
Founded in 2014, the immersive outdoor art event has already run a dozen events across Norfolk and Suffolk and has been keen to come to Cambridge for a while.
Partnering with Cheffins Fine Art has finally made this possible and the Paint Out team is excited to be running the competition, encouraging artists to capture and immortalise Cambridge’s iconic views. Who could resist a city that drew JMW Turner to its banks to paint Clare Hall and King’s College Chapel, while also being home to the Fitzwilliam and Kettle’s Yard and a series of famous art collections at several Cambridge colleges?
James Colman, founder of Paint Out said: “Cambridge has long been on our radar but with new partners Cheffins Fine Art now on board, the realisation of a central exhibition venue as well as other potential sponsors lining up to host various parts of the Paint Out, we see this is an event that will have multiple opportunities for artists to paint both town and gown in one of the most vibrant and fast-growing cities in the UK.”
Home to the Cambridge School of Art (now part of Anglia Ruskin University) and the Cambridge Drawing Society, the team from Paint Out is keen to see local and national artists casting their creative eyes over the city and bringing their art skills to bear in classical and contemporary styles and various media that can be applied to canvas. Artists can enter and find out more through the website www.paintout.events.
Sarah Flynn, head of paintings at Cheffins said: “Following the plein air painting event’s success at Paint Out, Norwich, last year, we are excited to support Paint-Out’s inaugural competition in Cambridge. Cambridge has long been an inspiration for artists such as Gwen Raverat, Edwin La Dell and Elisabeth Vellacott and with its iconic and world-recognised architecture and views such as the Mathematical Bridge, King’s College, Rose Crescent and The Backs, we are sure that it will provide endless inspiration for the artists taking part.
"Plein air painting is an essential part of learning to paint landscape from life and anything to encourage its proliferation within the artistic community is well supported. As the leading fine art auction house in the region, Cheffins is proud to support art events locally and is pleased to support the growth of Paint Out throughout East Anglia.”
The juried painting competition is open to amateur and professional artists alike and features three-hour and two-hour painting sessions around the city in full public view during the days and evenings (‘nocturnes’) of 13-15 May. Three eminent judges from the world of fine art will select the winning pieces with up to £3,000 worth of prizes awarded at the Private View and Awards evening at Cheffins on Clifton Road, on 16 May (more information email firstname.lastname@example.org).
The finished artworks will remain on display until 17 May and typically range in price from £150-£850.
Image: Artist Sarah Allbrook, Boathouses on the Cam, Midsummer Common
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