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Art in the Open

'Art in the Open' - an international plein air painting festival of paint-outs, workshops, exhibition and good company. The annual August event is open to all and attracts visitors from Europe, USA and all of Ireland to Wexford in the sunny south-east.

28th July - 4th August 2014


Location: County Wexford.
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Art in the Open 2014 consists of 7 paint-outs, one each day from Monday 28th July to Sunday 3rd August. Each day the paint-out will be held in a different beautiful location within a short journey from Wexford Town.


On Monday 4th August approximately 250 selected works painted during the festival will be shown in an impressive exhibition. There will be sponsored awards amounting to €5000.

In addition to the paint-outs and exhibition, there will be several half-day demonstrations and workshops on location, plus barbecue, music and get-togethers,  life-drawing sessions, a Quick-Draw fun event with prizes and all the craic that goes with this festival.

In 2013 over 200 took part including artists from the USA, and others from UK, Finland, Holland, France and all over Ireland - 12 countries in all.

All are welcome. Come to paint or come to watch.

Visit the website for further information on how to take part.

To participate, you must register online HERE and click on the Registration button. 

Registration is  €50 if you book by June.

AITO 2014 brochures and programme may be viewed and downloaded on the website.

You must book online. If the festival is oversubscribed, latecomers may miss out.

You can also book some of our great workshops. See website for details. 

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Comment by Kevin Freeney on July 11, 2015 at 11:58

See full programme here

Places still available for Leon Holmes' workshop in New Ross

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on May 8, 2015 at 22:34

Art in the Open Festival is seeking volunteers for our annual Plein Air festival throughout County Wexford. Perhaps you, your partner/mother/uncle/friend etc. might like to get involved in one of Ireland's friendliest and unusual festivals?

Volunteer tasks include assisting with registration and check-in, helping at workshops and demonstrations. Volunteers will be required to attend the daily paint-out locations to assist the committee and are requested to help with the Saturday Charity Quick Draw in Wexford town.
Transport & lunch is provided and volunteers can enjoy the workshop/demo after checking in the participants. Volunteers will also be invited to the BBQ at T.Morris.
If you’re interested contact Alma at  
You can volunteer for just one day or several days throughout the week….come along, bring a friend, meet and interact with the artists, it’s great fun!
Festival Dates: July 27 – August 3rd

Comment by Deirdre Furlong on July 17, 2014 at 20:27

Hi Kevin, I would be interested in volunteering to help at the upcoming festival but I am not sure what it entails. Maybe you could let me know. Deirdre




Comment by Kevin Freeney on June 25, 2014 at 13:18


We are looking for 10 volunteer artists to help out at the Festival for a minimum of two days. You will have to find your own accommodation but in return you will get:
- Bus travel to each venue
- Lunch each day on your volunteer days
- Sit in on workshop of your choice on your volunteer days
- Barbeque at T. Morris
- Festival dinner at Riverbank House Hotel

Leave a reply here or email

Comment by Kevin Freeney on June 25, 2014 at 12:46


Our Workshops are now open to allcomers without the need to partake in the exhibition/awards.
There are 16 workshops with 9 internationally renowned plein air artists. They are filling up fast; don't be disappointed.
See list of workshops here: List of Workshops
Book here: Workshop Booking

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on February 9, 2014 at 15:32

A chance to win a week in 4* hotel with top artists for Art in the Open 201:- .

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on August 7, 2013 at 1:25

Listen to Art in the Open in this radio podcast from RTE's Mooney Show:!rii=9%3... 

- Fantastic interview with Karen Scannell, Valerie Craig, Leon Holmes and Antti Rautiola.

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on August 6, 2013 at 20:59

Photo of Leon Holmes and Antti Rautiola with Tony Robinson of AITO and this handsome paintiing's proud new owner.

The painting was painted collaboratively by these 2 artists during AITO'13 Quick Draw in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. The painting was auctioned on the spot and fetched €570 which the artists donated to Console suicide bereavement charity. The artists also managed to complete their own paintings during trhe 2-hour time limit.

Comment by Plein Eire Administrator on August 6, 2013 at 20:33
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