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Art in the Open

The twelfth '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.



Location: County Wexford.
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In addition, there are 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.

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. 

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 Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:49
One marketing guy expresed this sentence to me "about 20to 40k people plus saw that gigantic poster on the bridge !! But it NEVER said ART FOR SALE or where and when" have to agree with him!
Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:43
Oh and business people have expressed an interest in contributing their expertise and marketing experience too!! Can't be bad!!
Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:34
Really looking forward to inviting THE WHOLE TOWN to a meeting for 2016 could be some great marketing ideas and a LOT more!!
Comment by Louise Treacy on August 11, 2015 at 20:32
Hey great news, looks like lots of artists would like to be involved in the planning and marketing of next year's art in the open! !
Let's have an open forum for all in the town to be involved!!
Lighten the load guys plus some REAL marketing of sales.
Would love to see a general meeting for ALL who would like their voice included in the festival. Let's get started for 2016!! Hey and remember it's supposed to be about ART not tourism lol
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:- .


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