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Dublin is now a Breath of Plein Air!

Come join us at the Dublin Plein Air Painting Festival in Ireland – Monday 18th – Sunday 24th June 2018. Enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape, it’s charming coastal villages and friendly people. Bring your art materials and paint outdoors in Ireland’s landscape with fellow artists and friends. This year’s event will be hosted in and around Dublin and welcomes artists from Ireland and all over the world.

Hope you will join us and look forward to meeting you.
Paul D’Arcy
Festival Director


The festival consists of four parts :

Artist Registration € 60 for the week – 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.


Registration for items below will be available from the beginning of May.

Workshop registration € 35 per workshop – 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 – € 20 entry fee. which goes to charity – Cystic Fibrosis Ireland this year – 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 Workshops, Paint Quick competition or use the paint out Transport Bus.

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 5:30 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.