2021 Plein Air Art Competition


Entry to the Regenron sponsored Draíocht Annual Pleinair Art Competition.

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The annual Draíocht ‘pleinair’ art competition will be held on Sunday 15th August 2021. This will be the fourth open air art competition due to a covid enforced hiatus last year. The competition is open to all levels of expertise with prizes and sponsorship kindly donated by long term supporter, Regeneron.




Artists pre-register and are alloted a position within the village of Adare at random on the morning of the competition. Artists then set up their easels, equipment and can paint throughout the day until entries are submitted back at the gallery at 4pm. A team of expert and guest judges will then decide on the prize-winners who will be announced within the hour. Of course Covid19 measures will be in place and there will be no indoor gathering at the end such has been the custom, but we will do our best to have a fitting end to the day for all concerned.

Many thanks for the ongoing support from our sponsor.


The entry fee is 30€.



Date: August 15th 2021

Venue: Draíocht Art Gallery, Adare

Please note there are some changes to allow for safe conduct demanded by CoVid-19
Welcome to en Plein Air, Adare 2021 organised by Draíocht Art Gallery, Adare, the information hub for competition and generously sponsored by Regeneron Ireland with a first prize of €1000. Adare Village, Co. Limerick hosts the event.

Rules and Guidelines

The competition is open to all aged 18 years and over who pay the €30 nonrefundable entry fee. You may book your place here online or in Draíocht from today. Due to the pandemic entry numbers are strictly limited.

Formal registration of two canvases for competition will take place in Draíocht Gallery on Saturday 14th August 3-5.30pm and again from 8.30am on Sunday morning. This facilitates dawn painters. Nonregistered canvases will not be considered for competition. Participating artists must agree to submit contact details including email and phone numbers to be used for the purposes of communication during the competition on all messaging applications. This information will not be made available to any other 3rd party.

Importantly Canvas Size must be greater than 30 x 20 cms A$ page) but smaller than 60 x 60 cm

Canvases may be primed ‘paint ready’ at registration. At registration you will be allocated your ‘paint out location’, but once there you choose the vista.


We choose the site : You choose the vista


On Registration:


  • The artist is agreeing to abide by all rules, decisions and instructions that are communicated to you by the organisers. Their decision in all matters is final.<br>• All paintings must be painted on location.
  • The organising committee reserve the right to accept or reject any artist’s registration application without explanation. Only stamped canvases/paper will qualify for competition.
  • The artists select one canvas to be judged and deliver it to Draíocht before 4pm on Sunday unframed for display and final judgement.

In Draíocht the artist must comply with CoVid-19 guidelines, enter the designated door wear a mask, keep their distance, leave their entry for presentation with the committee member and leave the building promptly.

Each entry will be returned to the artist after Monday 16 th August

This has been a wonderful day out for participants and followers alike as can be seen from the gallery of images from the past below.


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