Plein Air painting prize announced

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The NSW Parliament is calling for entries to the 2016 Plein Air Painting Prize.

The prize is the one of the only contests that celebrates this unique and age-old art form, which requires the artist to paint entirely out of doors, in direct contact with nature and the elements. Artists cross fields, climb mountains, follow rivers, trek coastlines, or even simply wander out into the backyard or neighbourhood in search of the perfect subject.

Artists are invited to enter up to two paintings created ‘en plein air’ (out of doors) of a New South Wales subject, with the work begun on or after May 2014.

“I’d love to see someone from our beautiful local area win the $20,000 prize,” said Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain. “Our electorate certainly has some incredible natural and urban scenery.”

“Now in its 9th year, the Prize has gained a reputation for shining the spotlight on professional and emerging plein air painters, and is one of the most eagerly anticipated landscape painting prizes on the NSW arts calendar.”

Entries will be accepted from Wednesday 22 June – Wednesday 27 July via electronic submission. For more information, including important dates, conditions of entry and the entry form artists can visit www.pleinair.com.au.

More information: Jamie Parker 0418 428 089


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