Our Festival

Something new, unique and uplifting is capturing the community’s imagination.
Since the days of the impressionists, artists have enjoyed the experience of painting outdoors. It is one of the true joys of being a painter.
Not only are we at one with nature, but there is also the camaraderie when two or more paint on location.

Plein Air Down Under provides a unique opportunity for artists, spectators and collectors to participate in Western Australia’s largest outdoor painting festival.

Focussing on outdoor and evening paint-outs, over $12,000 in awards and prizes, workshops, youth involvement, Lotterywest Demo Zone and two art exhibitions. Internationally renowned artists Leon Holmes (Aus), Amit Kapoor (India), Matt Ryder (UAE), and Amanda Brett (NZ) will be painting and demonstrating throughout the festival.

Over 200 artists will be painting throughout Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct, and the historic town of Pinjarra. When the artists aren’t on site painting, the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre serves as the festival hub, offering artists and spectators the opportunity to watch free demonstrations, listen to live music and enjoy the festivities.

Highlights of the 2023 festival will include:

  • Workshops and Masterclasses
  • Lotterywest Demo Zone
  • Spirit of the Landscape Art Exhibition
  • Artist registration open to professional, non-professional and youth artists
  • Over $9000 in awards and prizes
  • Day and evening paint-outs
  • A two-hour Quick Draw painting competition
  • Opportunities to exhibit, sell and buy original artwork.



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Plein Air Down Under
Florals en plein air, what a fabulous inclusion to this year's festival. Thanks Matt Ryder - Artist for a fantastic week of learning and showing us the world through your eyes. ... See MoreSee Less
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View Brendon Darby's extraordinary work in the Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition, now on at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Brendon is one of Plein Air Down Under's previouis feature artists; read below the inspiration behind his exhibited artworks:Brendon went back to the Kimberley Coast, one of the most wonderful landscapes on this planet. Forever changing through weather conditions, time of day and the resulting reflections, it’s an endless source of inspiration.Time has undeniably had a profound effect on this coastline. Millions of years of erosion has created bent and twisted rock formations that often look, to his artist’s eye, quite abstract. He's taking these observations and pushing them further, by abstracting the visual impressions of this landscape even more. ‘Journey 1’ is a result of that inspirational trip. This is a journey within a journey, from representation through to abstraction. It’s a journey Brendon loves.Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition continues to 8 OctoberMonday - Friday 9am to 5pmMandurah Performing Arts Centre9 Ormsby Tce., Mandurah#brendondarbyart #mandurahartsfestival #mandurah #mandurahartists #padu2023 #australianartists #whatsonmandurah #visitmandurah #mandurahlife #cityofmandurah #pleinairmagazine #everythingmandurah #KimberleyCoast #kimberley ... See MoreSee Less
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Flashback to the great music at Plein Air Down Under's Pinjarra day last Sunday. Thanks Best Friends Music Duo 💕 ... See MoreSee Less
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Postal Address
P.O Box 788
30-32 Pinjarra Road
Mandurah, WA
Australia, 6210