Festival change due to Covid 19 pandemic notice.

In keeping with the Irish government’s five stage plan we have been advised to re-schedule the festival dates to Monday 20 – Sunday 26 July 2020. We are happy to do so for the health and safety of everyone involved, which is paramount in every decision we will make for this years festival. 

Dublin Plein Air Registration

Artist Registration for the week is 65 euro

We are fully committed to making our festival the best it can be and feel it is important that the 2020 Dublin Plein Air Festival allows artists to get back to some sort of normality. 

There will be a number of variations to this years festival the main ones being ; that the number of participating artists will be limited and all seven venues will be in large open spaces to enable social distancing guidelines. Workshop places will also be limited to accommodate social distancing guidelines.

We are preparing detailed guide lines regarding how each day will be hosted; which we will forward to all artists before the festival.

Although these are strange times we will do everything we can to make our festival a very enjoyable event but please be aware a certain flexibility is required to deal with any changing circumstances that may happen in the coming weeks.

Needless to say we will keep you updated in the weeks to come.

Enjoy the beautiful landscape, it’s charming coastal villages and friendly people. Bring your art materials and paint outdoors in Ireland’s stunning landscape with fellow artists and friends. The festival is hosted around North county Dublin / Fingal and welcomes artists from Ireland and all over the world.

Whether you have never painted out doors before; are a novice or a more experienced plein air painter the Dublin plein air festival is the one painting festival you should put in your diary for July.

Hope you will join us and look forward to meeting you.

Dublin Plein Air Registration

Getting to the our plein air festival is easy.
We have an excellent road and rail infrastructure for artists traveling from around Ireland.
While for international Artists visiting the festival, we are very closely located to Dublin International airport as well as the Dublin ferry port.
We also have on our website a number of accommodation choices that will suit all budgets.
This makes visiting our festival even more attractive.

The festival consists of three parts :

Artist Registration – allows you to attend all or some of the seven ‘paint outs’ days at beautiful pre-selected locations, exhibit at the festival, be eligible for daily prizes, festival awards and participate in our social evenings. We have chosen a stunning variety of scenes to paint throughout the festival week from seaside harbours to beaches, old castles to rolling fields and quaint little villages.

Dublin Plein Air Registration

You can choose to attend all or just some of these paint outs, it’s up to you.


Workshop registration – Join these workshops to learn and improve your painting technics. The workshops are hosted by recognised plein air artists who will share their tips of the trade with you.

Paint Quick Competition – Cystic Fibrosis Ireland  – Join in the 2 hour competition to be in with a chance to win cash prizes and exhibit your work on the easel at the end of the competition for the public to buy. This is a great favourite for the visiting public to watch work being created before their eyes.

It’s a ‘pick and mix’ for you to choose from. 🙂

Please note that all participating artists must pay the Artist Registration before being eligible to partake in the seven daily Paint Outs, Daily Prizes, Social Evenings, Workshops and Paint Quick competition. 

A typical day at the festival :

Each morning (generally between 9 – 10 am) you will arrive at the chosen location, register at the information hub for the paint-out and get your canvas or your watercolour paper stamped for that day’s painting.
You will then go and paint in the chosen location for the morning; stopping for lunch to discuss your mornings work with fellow artists. After lunch you may continue your painting or start a new one for the afternoon. Or if you have signed up to do one of the workshops during the day you will join the tutor and fellow artists instead.
Late that afternoon usually around 5 pm you gather with the other artists to display your unframed work on your easel. There is a prize-giving for that day’s work and members of the public are encouraged to purchase any of the work they like from the artists.

During the festival week there are also a number of social evenings where artists gather together just to chat and get to know each other. It’s all about painting, making friends and enjoying yourself.