Thousands of pieces of art will be created at paint out locations across the Southeast of Ireland next week as Europe’s largest outdoor Art Festival ‘Art in the Open’ takes place from Monday, July 28 until Monday, August 4.
Organiser’s announced that a huge number of well known international artists will descend on the countryside next week with artists attending from twelve different countries including Russia, Sweden, Jamaica, Israel and many parts of the U.S, Europe and all across Ireland to participate.
Commenting on the upcoming festival Chairperson, Neil O’Keeffe says, “We are overwhelmed with the level of interest that the festival has received from artists and the public who love to watch the creative process and who look forward to the exhibition. Up to 180 artists will take part and all of these artists will create numerous pieces of art ‘live’ during the festival, they will then choose their best pieces to exhibit at the end of the festival, culminating in an art exhibition of 250 pieces which will be open to the public to view at Whites of Wexford.”
The concept of an ‘Art in the Open’ festival is that all of the work is created outdoors, on location. Artists arrive at a ‘paint-out’ site with blank canvases, these canvases are stamped on the back acknowledging the artist is starting from scratch and over the next couple of hours at the ‘paint-out’ location the artists attempt to capture the light and the atmosphere of the Irish countryside. At the end of the festival, the best 250 paintings are selected for a massive exhibition with artists competing for over €5000 in awards.
The public can watch the creative process at any of the six‘ paint-out’ locations across the Southeast including Courtown, north Wexford, Graignamanagh county Kilkenny, Enniscorthy, the villages of Ballyhack, county Wexford, Passage East in Waterford, Clonegal in county Wicklow, and Wexford town, where on Saturday 2nd the registered artists and the public will compete in a Charity Quick Draw at 1pm in the Selskar area, with the funds going to Wexford Hospice HomeCare.
Some of the festival highlights include a free lecture at the world renowned Wexford Opera House by Spanish artist, Paloma Pelaez Bravo on Bank Holiday Monday, August 4th. Painting workshops and demonstrations with well-known international artists, including Dot Courson (Mississippi), Valerie Craig (Philadelphia), Billyo O’Donnell (Missouri), Aaron Schuerr (Montana) and Antti Rautiola from Finland to name just a few.