Whether you have never painted out doors before; are a novice or an experienced plein air painter the Dublin plein air festival is the one painting festival you should put in your diary for June 2021 – Monday 21st to Sunday 26th. Hope you will join us and look forward to meeting you.

Online registration begins November 2020.

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.

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.

Go to our Artist Information page to start your journey

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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.

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 techniques. 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. 🙂