Art and Music and Family Fun all across Wexford

This weekend The Courtown Family Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July, 2011

Saturday events include Sandcastle Competition, Music by the Shady Maybees, Crazy Golf Competition, Barney and Friends, Music by ‘Get a Grip’, and Face Painting.

Events on Sunday commence at 9am and include Rowing Boats, Small Training Boats, Yacht Club Display, RNLI, Courtown Coastguard, DJ on stage all day, Barbeque, Sand Mountain, Famers Market in Harbour House and  Professional Family Treasure Hunts

Next Tuesday July 26 sees all of Wexford town and county turn into the painting ground for artists and budding artists from all across Ireland and beyond. The annual ‘Art in the Open Festival’ Ireland’s only Festival of ‘Plein Air’ Painting takes place from July 26 to August 4, 2011.

Getting into the spirit of the Art in the Open Festival is Kate OHara aged 12 and Chloe Drought aged 8 getting capturing the beauty of Hook Head in county wexford; the Art in the Open Festival takes place from July 26 to August 4, for more see Photograph Mary Browne

The festival has a fantastic free events programme offering anyone interested in art and painting the chance to paint one or all of six different vistas right across Wexford, from Tintern Abbey on Tuesday, July 26 to Paint-Outs at Hook Head and Kilmore Quay on July 27 and 28. Between August 2 to 4 budding artists are offered the opportunity to paint at Rosslare Strand, Bunclody and the charming village of Screen. All of the ‘Paint-Outs’ are free of charge; participants are asked to pre-register. Artists on the paint-out to Rosslare Strand on August 2 are in for a special treat as a free evening guided tour of some of the highlights of the magnificent contemporary art collection at Kelly’s Resort Hotel will be hosted by Artist Mairead Furlong.

A children’s two hour Art work-shop will also take place at Wexford Arts Centre on Saturday, July 30 from 3pm.

A major addition to the free programme of events for the 2011 festival are the new ‘Open Air Studio’ demonstrations which take place from 11.30am on each day of the August bank holiday weekend. Participants are invited to watch an experienced artist begin a painting through to completion for a fantastic opportunity to see and study their creative skills first hand on location. On Friday 29, the 2010 ‘Art in the Open Competition ‘winning artist, Paul Maloney will demonstrate in Enniscorthy; on Saturday, July 30, Belfast watercolour artist and finalist on Channel 4’s ‘Watercolour Challenge’ TV programme Grahame Booth will host a studio in Wexford and on Sunday, July 31 American oil painter David Diaz will host an audience in Wexford.

Alongside the Free events programme festival goers are also offered the opportunity to hone their painting skills at one of the six workshops taking place over the festival weekend of Friday July 29 to Monday, August 1. Renowned artists John Dinan, Michael Richardson and US Artist David Diaz who has illustrated numerous award-winning books and is an accomplished painter and ceramic artist will guide participants through the steps to create a masterpiece.

Throughout the festival weekend artists who have entered the ‘Art in the Open Competition’ will create over 300 paintings all of vistas in Wexford during the weekend; these paintings will then hang at Greenacres Gallery in Wexford town from Monday, August 1. Life Drawing classes, Free Paint-Outs, Street Theatre Caricature, Children’s Art workshops, Photography competitions, Art Clinics and Exhibitions are all of offer. For further detail on the festival and festival events see

The Sunset Festival in Goreyis kicking off on July 31st with a massive music line up featuring Republic of Loose, Ham Sandwich, Bi Polar Empire and mancy more, the festival will take place on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday at Esmonde Street Carpark – tickets are only €25 for this great day out. For more see


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