A Brush with the Broads is a non-profit making event Its aims are: Inspiring ............. each other whether amateur or professional Educating........... through demonstrations and workshops Socialising ......... having fun, sharing experiences and Bringing a new audience to the Broads National Park that will return and increase year on year adding to the local tourism economy.
Broads based artist Linda Matthews was as surprised as any one to be awarded £4930.00 by Great Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTBIA) towards the cost of running and promoting the second year of A Brush with the Broads the original and only four day outdoor painting festival in the United Kingdom.
She has already been promoting the 2015 event at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and at Excel in London in November and will be exhibiting at Patching’s Arts Festival in Nottinghamshire in two weeks time, Linda will also be going to Tucson Arizona to the Plein Air Convention in April 2016 to try and attract some of the 800+ painters, who attend that event annually from around the world, to come to the Broads.
For the inaugural A Brush with the Broads in September 2014 plein air artists from local amateurs to internationally recognised, many of whom had never visited Norfolk previously painted within the Broads area over four days at the end of September. Most were staying at Clippesby Hall Holiday Park where they attended along with the public, evening demonstrations by Devonshire artist Louise Bougourd, Lincolnshire’s Haidee-Jo Summers and Surrey based Melanie Cambridge, there were also watercolour and brush making demonstrations from Calder colour and Rosemary and Co Brushes.
In September 2015 as well as painting out in the Broads National Park, on Friday and Saturday there will be more painting demonstrations at Clippesby Hall, Linda has engaged Abanji Alade an Associate of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, ever popular Haidee-Jo Summers is returning, and local war artist Douglas Farthing MBE will be talking about painting whilst on tour with the Parachute Regiment in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, with Two Rivers paper company from Somerset, and Rosemary & Co Brushes from Yorkshire demonstrating paper making and brush making respectively.
Lincolnshire artist Mo Teeuw will be leading a free ticketed painting workshop for the public, in the marquee at Sea Life Centre Gardens on Marine Parade Great Yarmouth on Sunday 27 September, prior to the participating artists taking part in a “Quick Draw”. Painting between Britannia Pier and the Pleasure Beach: "The artists draw their brushes from their quiver as an archer would his arrows, and paint a masterpiece in 2 hours. Its exciting and fun to see the different interpretations and styles, far more interesting than watching paint dry” The Quick Draw paintings will be displayed on the artists easels in the marquee when the painting time is finished.
These paintings along with the others produced over the festival by the artists will be on exhibition for sale on the evening of Monday 28 September at The Boathouse on Ormesby Broad. Where 10% of all sales will go to Nelson’s Journey Norfolk’s charity for bereaved children, last year A Brush with the Broads raised nearly £500. Working with Great Yarmouth businesses, Clippesby Hall for accommodation, demonstration and social facilities and the Boathouse on Ormesby Broad for the finale exhibition and sale of work, the event extends the main season and shows off some of the Broads best facilities Along with new comers, over sixty percent of artists who participated in 2014 have signed up for 2015, A Brush with the Broads is an Open event for amateur and professional, local, national and international painters, there is no selection process. It’s is an opportunity for artists to inspire and learn from each other, there is a little bit of competition for cash and art material prizes. Linda intends A Brush with the Broads not only to attract artists to the Broads to paint, every year, continuing the legacy of the Broads inspiring artists but hopes that the finale exhibition will also attract art buyers to visit the Broads National Park “ With the caliber of artists attending, it is too good an opportunity to miss.”
Artists pay to take part in A Brush with the Broads as well as a whole festival pass there are Day passes, Demonstration only and Quick Draw only tickets available. Participating artists will be recognisable by their red , last year it was blue, baseball caps with the A Brush with the Broads logo on
East Life Magazine Sept. 2014 Venue - arts magazine Sept. 2014
The Broads Adventure Eastern Daily Press August 2014
EVENT: “A Brush with the Broads” The United Kingdoms first 4 Day Plein Air Painting Festival Date: 25-29 September 2014 Venues: Clippesby Hall Clippesby, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 3BL Contact: Linda H Matthews Broad Skies Gallery Ludham Bridge Norfolk NR29 5NX E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org ‘phone: 01692 630485 Web: www.abrushwiththebroads.co.uk
There has never been a four day plein air painting festival in the United Kingdom, outdoor painting festivals take place regularly in the United States, where professional artists move from state to state taking part in competitions and exhibitions though out the year.
Plein Air painting is a growing trend in the the art world, A Brush with the Broads will bring professional and amateur artists from around the world to Britain’s Magical Waterland, working together and exhibiting the work they produce over the weekend. The Norfolk Broads is known worldwide for it’s painting heritage, Cotman, Bright and Seago are artists names known to have been inspired by the landscape here, an area of natural beauty recognised as a National Park. The dates chosen aim to offer something different and extend the seasonal offer in the Broads, bringing a new audience of artists and art lovers to the area. Artists will be identifiable by their blue baseball caps with a boat and brush logo. Weekend events take place at award winning 5* Clippesby Hall holiday park The prize giving exhibition on Monday evening takes place at The Boathouse on Ormesby Broad.
A prebookable Artists fee of £55.00 includes: Evening demonstrations by plein air artists Haidee-Jo Summers, Mo Teeuw and Melanie Cambridge. Friday and Saturday paint out days at venues around the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Quick Draw competition in Norwich on Sunday Hanging fee for the prize exhibition on Monday Social evening on Saturday night; with a band
Artists not able to take part in the Whole Weekend: Day ticket £20 Evening demonstration £10. Norwich Quick Draw are £15 All tickets are available on line via eventbrite.co.uk
Painting Prizes: Broad Skies Painting Prize: £1000.00 cash Boathouse Painting Prize: £300.00 Chroma Acrylics Prize: £1000 Chroma Acrylic Paints and Mediums Rosemary & Co Brushes: £200 Handmade brush Bouquet Norwich Quick Draw Prize: £140.00 Materials Voucher & £60.00 Melanie Cambridge Oil Paints Accommodation: Camping at Clippesby Hall is from £80 per pitch and self catering from £250 per person, for 5 nights Bookable with Clippesby Hall at www.clippesby.com or telephone 01493 367800 (non-artist residents at Clippesby will be able to attend the demonstrations, exhibition and social evening)