Rules of Participation

  1. Paint Out is a juried entry curated competition. There are no guarantees of being in the final exhibition though we endeavour to display a variety of styles with different merits. All paintings will be displayed in the lead up to the Private View and judging for 1-3 days on racks or on the exhibition walls but may be moved into or out of the final exhibition space as guest curators, judges, and team determine. Unlabelled/unidentified works may not be displayed.
  2. All painting and drawing to be done en plein air on-site during the timed painting sessions - our online logging in the field allows for flexible starts and finishes (within the same day)
  3. Any media may be used that can be applied to board or canvas and displayed on an art shelving system or easel - please contact us about the use and display of digital or 3D media that may require plinth or technology for display. We prefer media that is up to 75cm max dimension. Single larger works may be approved on request. If paintings exceed the maximum size they may not be displayed or judged in the final exhibition. We are also open to digital/iPAD art or 3D works of sculpture or design done in a day on site. Please discuss in advance with us options for display.
  4. Boards, paper and canvases must be PO ink stamped on the rear at the beginning of each day to verify they are begun blank and painted during the competition
  5. Painting is open-air but can be completed from shelter or cover during bad weather but should not be of indoor scenes
  6. Artists should refer all potential sales on the street to a member of the Paint Out team and/or direct the buyer to the PV and exhibition
  7. Artists are required to add name, title, location, media, size and price to their artworks at the end of each session (on the rear and also via online logging)
  8. No touching up of paintings after session-ends unless it is to repair damage.
  9. No framing. Paper-based media such as Watercolour may be mounted on card or similar with a white narrow border
  10. We operate a minimum pricing policy of £100. More typically prices are £250-£550 though we have had a number of paintings in the £1000-£3000 range. In 2021 paintings sold in the range £100-£1350.
  11. Commissions are 50/50 during the event selling exhibitions and Private Views and if we are donating 10% (or another amount) to charity it will come out of Paint Out's cut.
  12. We like to have 60 days exclusivity of the paintings ie their not being shown in other exhibitions (or sold through your own social or web, although you may redirect to us or repatriate commission to us) to support us putting them online after the event - it is a time-consuming process with quality photography and extensive data entry - we can supply image copies upon request. If you have an Open Studio or similar event that you wish to sell at within 60 days of the event ending please talk to us but please avoid listing in another gallery during the month or so after Paint Out as this will complicate and reduce commissions.
  13. Commissions online from 60 days after the event close are 60/40 in favour of the artist. If the buyer wants it framed you make 100% of the framing surcharge and may offer this service separately. If sold through us we will add a £10 p&p charge and pass this to you.
  14. After 60 days you may promote, exhibit, sell as you like for 100% but we will continue to sell on your behalf (at the % rates above), however, if you sell elsewhere then please notify us so that we can mark it as sold on
  15. Prizes, commissions (less any fees owed) will be sent to the artist by BACS or Cheque typically within 30 days of the event ending
  16. Uncollected artwork can be returned for £10 Admin & Packing plus Postage, beyond 30 days there will be a £10/month storage fee per artist or £5 per artwork (whichever is least)


  • Can we use cameras or smartphones?
    • You may take photos for sharing on social media or for memories as you paint but please try not use photos as aids to painting e.g., to grid or capture fleeting elements or changing light and skies, though we understand the temptation and will not police this
  • Why do you not frame?
    • We have abandoned framing for several reasons:
  1. To create a level playing field for the Judges to adjudicate.
  2. To avoid wasting commission on framing cost.
  3. To speed up curation and display on our shelving system that does not require hanging.
  4. To present a uniform and consistent look.
  5. To present paintings in the raw - straight from the easel