Europe’s largest open air arts festival returns to Ireland
Europe’s largest international open air painting festival is fast approaching once again. The annual Art in the Open festivalwill be running in six stunning locations in some charming villages and historic towns in the South-East of the country from July 28th- August 4th.
The locations chosen for this year’s event are Enniscorthy (Wednesday July 3rd), Ballyhack (Thursday July 31st), Clonegal (Friday August 1st), Courtown (Monday July 28th), Graignamanagh (Tuesday July 29th) and Wexford Town (Saturday August 2nd/Sunday August 3rd).
Last year nearly 200 artists travelled from 12 countries to take part, making Art in the Open Europe’s largest annual plein air event and a truly international festival. This year there is expected to be more than 150 artists participating who will be visiting a different venue each day and meeting the challenge of painting coastal scenes, pastoral landscape, villages, castles, gardens and towns.
At the end of the week the artists will then submit their best work for exhibition and awards. Art in the Open is a unique opportunity for visitors to acquire paintings featuring some of the South East’s best-loved locations painted by remarkably talented and accomplished artists. The work shown will be of the finest paintings made throughout the week of the festival with each artist entitled to submit up to two paintings.
Plein air paintings have a directness and authentic feel that warrants them being coveted by collectors. Patrons of the festival can receive a generous discount on paintings priced over €250 and enjoy the pick of the show at the Sponsors’ Preview. Visitors who may have seen a painting on the easel and perhaps met the artist at work can now see the finished piece. This public involvement and the fascination of comparing the myriad styles and interpretations on display makesfor a uniquely popular, must-see exhibition.
Art in the Open will also be running a series of master classes, art workshops and social events for the participants. There will also be plenty of opportunities for amateurs and the public to meet the artists and to see them at work. Here visitors will be able to discover the secrets of painting in oils, watercolour and other media in a range of styles and observe first hand as the paintings take shape in front of their eyes. Beginners are welcome to join the artists and there will also be seminars and talks about art, tours and events for children also.