WELCOME - Festival Preview
Six spectacular Paint-Outs are the core of Art in the Open 2015 featuring some of the most stunning scenery, charming villages and historic towns South-East Ireland has to offer. The list includes New Ross, Wells House and Gardens, Kilmore Quay, Hook Head, The Irish National Heritage Park and, of course, Wexford Town. Registration €50, (€60 from July 1st.)
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Art in the Open workshops feature some of the best-known painters from several countries who will be participating in the 2015 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 Saturday 1st August. This year, Wexford will be the venue for this timed charity event as artists have just two hours to complete a painting. 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...

ARTISTS (Who is coming this year? pdf)
In 2014, 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, 2015 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...

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...

The festival has established a growing reputation for quality and a panel of 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.• Sunday Night meal in The Riverbank House Hotel. • Plein Air Lecture. • The Painter's Pint; an evening venue to relax and chat. • Farewell picnic paint-out • Evening life-drawing sessions. • Wexford walking tours. • Or just take a day off to enjoy golf, the beach or whatever you please.

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Whites Hotel
Plein Eire
Riverbank House Hotel
Kellys Resort Hotel
T. Morris
Wexford Credit Union
Brandon Country House Hotel
Eithne Fitzpatrick - Physio
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