Looking forward to 2016
Due to demand and the pressure there can be finding accommodation close to the centre; we have decided to open registration for the event early. The Programme hasn't been finalised yet but you will be notified about details as they become available. Registration is €50 until 1st July 2016 and €60 thereafter. Click here to register
Accommodation Links
Wexford Tourism, White's Hotel, St George's Guest House, Cuasnog B+B, Trivago, Airbnb
2015 Festival Review
"Watching paint dry doesn't sound promising as a tourism offering but it is the unexpectedly enjoyable aspect for visitors to Ireland's outdoor painting festival under way in the southeast."
Irish Times, 1st August 2015

Our eighth festival was another great success with over 140 artists taking part and plenty of attention from the media.
10 great reasons to visit Wexford
Irish Independent
The Irish Times
Saturday, 1st August 2015
Art In The Open on Irish TV
(Watch from the 6.5 minutes mark)
What's a Plein Air Event Like in Ireland?
Pleinair Magazine
2015 Workshops
12 Workshops were filled to capacity with tutors
Grahame Booth(NI), Vincent Crotty(USA), Jim Doolan(IRL)
Leon Holmes(AUS), Vicki Norman(UK), Antti Rautiola(FIN)
and Rachel Personett(USA).
These took place in five stunning Wexford locations, New Ross,Wells House, Kilmore Quay, Hook Head, The Irish National Heritage Park and Wexford Town.
Leon Holmes, Australia
Vincent Crotty, Boston
Antti Rautiola, Finland
Rachel Personett, Colorado
2015 Quick Draw
Over €1200 was raised for The Windmill Therapeutic Training Unit from entry fees, commission on sales, the auction of a collaborative painting and the sale of catalogues at the exhibition, the next day.
Winners of Quick Draw prizes sponsored by Spectrum Art & Framing were Claudia Araceli, Vincent Crotty and Dave West.
David Diaz and Leon Holmes
working on painting auctioned for charity.
Gathering of work for judging
Quick Draw HQ in Bullring
A selection of the paintings
2015 Paint-Outs
The standard of work, produced at 6 venues, was very high this year. We had not been to three of the locations before. New Ross offered river scenes and scenic steep streets. Wells House was very well received by artists who were inspired by the large red-stone house, its quaint courtyards, mainicured gardens and sweeping parks. The Irish National Heritage Park, offered not only woodlands, meandering paths and river scenes but also reconstructed historical sites depicting life in Ancient Ireland spread over 35 acres and located in the picturesque surroundings of the River Slaney.
'Standing Stones' by Colin Joyce
Irish National Heritage Park
At the Irish National Heritage Park
Rachel Personett at Hook Head
Paul O'Kane at Hook Head
2015 Exhibition & Awards
Many congratulations to our 2015 Award Winners,
David Diaz - Mayoral Award
Kate Kos - McCauley's Pharmacy
Orlagh Murphy - Brandon House Hotel
Paul O'Kane - T Morris Bar
Claudia Araceli - Corcorans Irishtown
George Corcoran - Kelly's Resort Hotel
Mary Duffy - Spectrum Art & Framing
Frank Flood - Skytel
Beate Gilson - White's Hotel
Paul Maloney - Greenacres Café
People's Award 2014, Jane Meyler/Chris Clark - Joint Winners
People's Award 2015 will be announced at next year's festival.
Each winner received
a plaque and a cash award
David Diaz's winning painting
David at work on his painting
at Hook Head
2015 Lecture, Picnic, BBQ, Pints, Life Drawing
Other activities during the festival included,
A very interesting lecture 'Colour and Light' at The National Opera House by Sinead Rice.
Our annual free barbecue at T. Morris' Bar with live music and some alcohol.
A farewell Picnic Paint-Out funded by Art In The Open and hosted by Deirdre and John Moriarty.
The ever popular evening Life Drawing sessions at White's Hotel.
Jerome Hynes Theatre
at The National Opera House
Lecturer, Sinéad Kathy Rice
Some 'dancers' at AITO Picnic
Refreshment after a hard day's
Plein Airing
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