Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Paint Offs, Paint Outs and Quick Draws - in September 2019

A couple of events for those who like their plein air painting are coming up next month - in Bristol and on the Broads.
This is in addition to the normal plein air paint out days organised by the British Plein Air Painters during the summer

Inaugural Bristol Plein Air Paint Off

Central Bristol has a rich landscape ranging from the soft slopes of Brandon Park, the historical, industrial cranes and harbour, the modern architecture of Millenium Square and the traditional architecture of the cathedral and university, not to mention the iconic suspension bridge - a feast for "Plein Air" painters whatever their medium or practice may be.

Cass Arts Bristol @ 43-45 Park Street, Bristol - organiser, assembly point and exhibition holder

EVENT: Bristol Plein Air Paint Off

Jen Gash painting plein air this time last year - in the semi-finals

Who can take part

  • 50 places available (there are 35 left on the Eventbrite website as at the time of writing)
  • Minimum age for entering is 16 years. 
  • £10 entrance fee per person
  •  and it would be helpful for you to have a mobile phone so we can find you and visit you during the day!

What you have to do

  • bring your own supply of art materials, tools etc and lunch/drinks etc (Cass Art will be providing a discount for materials on the day, should you need further supplies!)
  • 9.30am  assemble at Cass Art Bristol43 - 45 Park Street, Bristol, BS1 5NL
    • to register for a 10.30 start (i.e. time needed for paperwork etc.)
    • You will be given a unique entrant number
    • stickers will be applied to your intended supports
    • you'll also be given a waiver and a permission form for photos etc
    • provide your mobile phone number so that you can be located during the day
  • 10.30am start painting (maximum canvas size of 100cm square)
  • 3.30pm - finish painting. This gives you 5 hours painting time, in total. 
  • thereafter - gather at Cass Art for preliminary judging and shortlisting.
  • 3.30 and 5pm - paintings by 20 artists completed on stickered supports will be shortlisted for an exhibition during the following week
  • 5pm - collect your paintings if not shortlisted
PLEASE NOTE: Jen Gash and Cass Art are not responsible for participants safety and wellbeing. Please make sure you have sun screen, umbrellas, food etc and are able to take care of your own needs.


There will be prizes for the following categories:
  • Young Talent Award - 16 - 21 years, to be awarded at 5pm on the day
  • Cass Art Plein Air Award - overall winner to be awarded at 5pm on the day
  • Peoples Choice Award - to be decided following a public exhibition where members of the public can vote for their favourite piece.
Prizes and judges to be announced... but there will be some lovely things !

A Brush with the Broads

A fourth annual weekend of painting activity on the Norfolk Broads which seems to invade my Facebook feed once a year!

The Broads is a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.
The lakes, known as broads, were formed by the flooding of peat workings
It's back after a break of two years having run in 2014, 2015, and 2016
A Brush with the Broads™ started as the dream of local artist, Linda H Matthews, to bring artists and collectors together in an area steeped in artistic inspiration and history, the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads.
For artists to inspire, socialise, learn from and compete with each other.

EVENT: A Brush with the Broads
  • Registration / Exhibition Space: change of location, to Hall Farm Cottages - a complex of self catering cottages in converted farm buildings.
  • Dates: Thu, 26 Sep 2019, 14:00 – Mon, 30 Sep 2019, 22:00 BST
  • Organised by: Linda H Matthews
  • Event Link (for Booking tickets): A Brush with the Broads™ 2019
  • Registration: Online and at Hall Farm Cottages

Who can take part

A Brush with the Broads™ is an open competition, all plein air painters of any experience are welcome to take part, there is no selection process.

What does it comprise

This years plein air painting festival will follow it's original pattern, with workshops, demonstrations, social evening and final night exhibition.

Your Weekend Ticket includes:

  • All Daily Paint Outs
  • Artist Goody Bag
  • Evening Demonstrations
  • plus paper making Demo - Two Rivers Paper
  • Brush Making Demo - Rosemary & Co Brushes
  • Social Media Workshop
  • Quick Draw
  • Exhibition Hanging Fee
  • Discount Prices and Priority booking for Workshops 

Not Included

  • Accommodation - to book contact Hannah Flohr on 0044(0)1692 630385 to view see Hall Farm Cottages
  • Painting Materials
  • Social Evening
  • Daytime workshops - to be booked separately
  • Commission on sales at Exhibition


  • Work displayed at the final exhibition must be produced during the festival 
  • all artists must submit work for sale


Painting Prizes include:
  • 1st prize - £1000.00 Cash voted for by participating artists
  • 2nd Prize - £500.00 Cash voted for by participating artists
  • Publics favourite prize - £250 worth of art materials
  • Quick Draw Prize - £250 chosen by the public
  • Sketch Book Prize donated by Two Rivers Paper

British Plein Air Painters - Plein Air Painting Days

You can find details of the BPAP Paint Out Days on this page

LOCATION: Devon - Painting the Exe Estuary at Exmouth

Meeting point: Exmouth ‘Duckpond’, The Royal Avenue, Exmouth, EX8 1DB
Date: Wednesday 4 September 2019 ​
Hours: 10.30-4pm

LOCATION: Somerset - Bath

Meeting point: The Garden café at Holborne Museum, Great Pulteney St, Bath BA2 4DB
Date: Saturday 14 September 2019
Hours: 10.30-4pm


  • Meeting point: Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A 3JX
  • Date: Friday 27 September 2019 ​
  • Hours: 10.30-4pm
  • Nearest tube - Holborn
  • Meet at the end of the day at Shakespeare's Head, 68 Kingsway, WC2B 6AG