Six spectacular Paint-Outs are the core of Art in the Open 2014 featuring some of the most stunning scenery, charming villages and historic towns South-East Ireland has to offer. The list includes Courtown, Graignamanagh, Enniscorthy, Ballyhack, Clonegal, and Wexford Town.
WORKSHOPS (n.b. All workshops begin at 2pm)
Art in the Open workshops feature some of the best-known painters from several countries who will be participating in the 2014 festival and giving the opportunity to learn from them on location as they demonstrate and explain aspects of their approach to plein air landscape.
Join in the fun with the AITO Quick Draw on Sunday 3rd August. This year, Wexford will be the venue for this timed charity event as artists have just two hours to complete a painting in Selskar Square. There are several sponsored prizes from local businesses to win as this test of skill and nerve has always proven as popular with the public as with artists. Read more...
At the sound of the steward's horn, participants put down their brushes and line up their easels for half an hour of judging, prizes and an on-street sale of paintings as fresh as a punnet of Wexford strawberries. Proceeds of an affordable entry fee (payable on the day) and 10% commission on sales will be presented to Wexford Hospice.
In 2013, nearly 200 artists travelled from 12 countries to take part, making Art in the Open Europe's largest annual plein air event and a truly international festival. With the artists already committed to attend, 2014 promises to surpass it. Acrylics, oils, pastels and watercolours are all represented by outstanding artists and all manner of styles and interpretations are encouraged. Read more...
Many painters return for a second, third or fourth visit attracted by all this festival has to offer including wonderful scenery, awards, workshops and the chance to rub shoulders with so many artists but chiefly for the fun and friendship that is generated. Painting outdoors may be daunting and frustrating at first but anyone over 18 years of age may register for this event and will find it an inspirational experience to take part.
Art in the Open is a unique opportunity to acquire paintings featuring some of the South-East's best-loved places painted by some wonderfully talented artists. The work shown will be of the finest paintings made throughout the week of the festival with each artist entitled to submit up to 2 paintings. Read more...
Often of modest size and affordably priced, good plein air paintings have a directness and authentic atmosphere which makes them prized by collectors. Patrons of the festival can avail of a generous discount on paintings priced over €250 and enjoy the pick of the show at the Sponsors' Preview.
Visitors who may have seen a painting on the easel and perhaps met the artist at work can now see the finished piece. This public involvement and the fascination of comparing the myriad styles and interpretations on display makes for a uniquely popular, must-see exhibition.
The festival has established a growing reputation for quality and a panel of three eminent artists will select winners of the exhibition awards including the festival's Mayoral Award of €1000 and nine other awards.
Generous art material prizes will also be awarded to winners of the People's Choice and the Artists' Choice awards bringing the total value of awards to approximately €5000.
• Free Barbeque with live music.• Saturday Night meal in The Riverbank House Hotel. • Plein Air Lecture in Wexford's new Library. • The Painter's Pint; an evening venue to relax and chat. • Farewell picnic paint-out on the Tuesday 5th August • Evening life-drawing sessions. • Children's events. • Wexford walking tours. • Or just take a day off to enjoy golf, the beach or whatever you please.