Art in the Open

"Art in the Open is an annual independent festival of plein air painting culminating in an exhibition on the first Monday of August. It is organised by a non-profit association of artists who live in Wexford, Ireland's Sunny South-East, and draw their inspiration from the local landscape.

In 2008, the first festival was held with the following aims:

• To celebrate and promote the practice of plein air painting or painting outdoors, from life.
• To encourage a network of similar groups within Ireland and Europe by the provision of an annual focal event.
• To stimulate a public awareness and critical appreciation of plein air painting.
• To provide a forum where artists can learn from one another and develop technically and aesthetically together.

These are still our aims in developing Art in the Open but it has since grown to become the largest annual plein air festival in Europe and it has given rise to many international friendships and introduced many Irish and overseas visitors to the hospitality of Wexford as well as to the varied delights of the landscape of south-east Ireland. In return, to the places it visits the festival lends a relaxed and cultured ambiance one normally associates with centres like Venice, Paris or the south of France where easels, paint and canvases on the street are not so remarkable."
(copied from the Art in the Open Website)

In 2015, I started photographing the event every day during its duration. From these images I created a slide show, with the aim of capturing a flavour of the event.


Women with Attitude


All images © Grace Hall Photography 2009 - 2018