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Plein Air Down Under - Outdoor Painting Festival

Workshops, Paint Outs, Exhibitions, Demonstrations and Artist Talks. This festival celebrates everything to do with outdoor painting.

Plein Air Down Under invites artists to join in the fun of Mandurah’s first outdoor painting festival.
Over $8,000 in cash and prizes is on offer for artists accepting the challenge of capturing the character and beauty of Mandurah and Pinjarra’s natural and built environment.

As well as organised Paint Outs, there will be time for artists to explore and paint in other areas.

This is a free event for the general public, and for artists who would like to paint over the three days and be eligible for the prize money, registrations are $10 for aged 18 and under, and $60 for adults.

The festival dates are 26, 27 and 28 September, with additional pre-festival workshops and activities – all designed to celebrate the art of painting outdoors.

What is Plein Air Painting?
En plein air is a French expression meaning “in the open air” and refers to the act of painting outdoors. The artist’s subject is in full view, with no photographic reference. It allows the artist to paint a moment in time, in real time. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, colour and movement.

Image: Leon Holmes by Judith Rigter

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