Adare Plein Air (Open Air Art Competition)

Sunday August 25th 2019

 Draíocht Art Gallery proudly hosts an Open Air Painting Competition in Adare.

2019 Plein Air Competition
2019 Plein Air Competition

Set in the picturesque village of Adare, this competition gives you the opportunity to sit and paint among it’s old world historical charms beside the beautiful River Maigue. For many years artists flock here to capture its scenic beauty in paint, but this time to compete.

Draíocht, Adare’s  contemporary Art Gallery is delighted to organise a Plein Air competition  that boasts fantastic prizes sponsored by Regeneron. The competition gives artists the opportunity to meet, talk and paint with fellow artists.  Prize winning artists will have their work displayed in Draíocht throughout September.

Application Process and Fees.

Entries accepted from August 1st-25th inclusive. Late entries will be accommodated at registration if space still available.

Competition numbers are strictly limited, so apply early. Entry fee €30 is non-refundable. Entries may be posted on line or delivered in person to Draíocht, Station Rd., Adare.

Click Here to Enter On-Line

(follow standard add to cart  / proceed to checkout procedure for on-line registration)

Early registration on the eve of competition can be facilitated for the early morning painting enthusiast. We choose the location in the village, the artist chooses the vista. Artists may register two primed canvases, only one maybe submitted for competition. Artists must be at their easels for judges’ preliminary walkabout between 12-2.30pm. Final judgement 4pm in Draiocht gallery.
This years entry fee donated to St Gabriel’s Respite Centre as nominated charity 2019.

 Exhibited work on the easel at the end of the competition is available to the public to purchase.

Application fee is non-refundable and the event will take place rain or shine.



Competition is organised by Draíocht Adare. The event welcomes all levels and abilities. Competitors must be aged 18 years. Sponsored prizes in excess of €1000 will be presented in four categories. The three judges’ decision is final and not open to appeal.



Karla J. Ross Assistant: Clinical Professor Purdue University and coordinator Purdue Paint Out

Alcina Nolley, Retired Art Educator at NY State University at Buffalo and En Plein Air enthusiast.

Calendar Dates and Event Times:

Registration commences Saturday 24th 5pm
Date of Competition: Sunday August 25th 2019.
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