This festival celebrates everything to do with outdoor painting with a range of workshops, paint outs, exhibitions, awards and prizes, demonstrations and artist talks in and around Mandurah.

Plein Air Down Under invites artists to join in the fun of the Peel Region’s outdoor painting festival. Go and paint, or go and watch!  Over $8,000 in cash and prizes is on offer for artists accepting the challenge of capturing the character and beauty of Mandurah and Pinjarra’s natural and built environment.

Pre-festival activities include: 

  • World Wide Paint Out: 10 & 11 September, Mandjar Square Mandurah (outside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre - MPAC)
  • Featured Guest Artist Exhibition, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Gouache Masterclasses, en plein air, with feature artist Tiffanie Mang (USA)
  • Oil Painting Masterclass, en plein air, with feature artist Leon Holmes

Festival weekend activities include:

  • Artists Meet and Greet at the Leon Holmes Gallery
  • Demonstrations by feature artists Tiffanie Mang and Leon Holmes
  • Day and evening paint outs and festivities
  • Two-hour ‘Quick Draw’ painting competition
  • A day painting in historical Pinjarra
  • An exhibition of festival weekend artwork
  • Awards and prizes

What is Plein Air Painting? 
En plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air" and refers to the act of painting outdoors. The artist's subject is in full view, with no photographic reference.  It allows the artist to paint a moment in time, in real time.  Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, colour and movement.

Ticket Information:
FREE to watch and enjoy the surrounds
Artist Registration Tickets available from 1 June
Youth Artist Registration (aged 18 and under) $10.00
Adult Artist Registration: 
$50 Early Bird before 31 July
$65 Standard Adult Artist Registration after 1 August

Image: Leon Holmes by Judith Rigter

Ormsby Terrace
WA 6210

Mandjar Square - Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Opening Times
9:00am – 4:00pm

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