Our Festival


The 2023 festival dates are the long weekend of 23, 24 and 25 September, with additional pre-festival workshops and activities – all designed to celebrate the art of painting outdoors.

Plein Air Down Under will be held around Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct and the historic town of Pinjarra.

Focussing on outdoor and evening paint-outs, the event presents feature artists, over $8,000 in awards and prizes, workshops, youth involvement, demonstrations and an exhibition of plein air paintings.

Your Artist Registration includes:

  • Access to paint at all festival paint outs
  • Eligibility for awards and prize money, over $8,000
  • Exhibition and selling opportunities in the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
  • Registration for the two hour Quick Draw Painting Competition



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Plein Air Down Under
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1 month ago

Plein Air Down Under
These beautiful smiling faces are just two of the many volunteers who gave time, energy and expertise to ensuring Plein Air Down Under was an experience to cherish. Our survey results tell us the warmth and friendliness of the festival volunteers was definitely a highlight. Thank you.Pictured: Lesa Hinchliffe MC of the RFDS Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition opening and festival weekend awards and Judith Darlington, Project Lead for RFDS Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition, Steering Committee Member and Marketing guru. Photo Mark Labrow Photography ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Plein Air Down Under
This Sunday afternoon Leanne Pearson will be interviewed on air by Ashley Hay, talking about Leanne's favourite subject - art.Leanne was the 2022 Plein Air Down Under Open Category Winner and an invited artist to the RFDS Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition. Her work is spectacular; listen in to find out more.UPCOMING INTERVIEW with Leanne Pearson Artist this Sunday, 23rd Oct on The Yarn - LISTEN LIVE @www.iplradio.org.au Sunday 2-4.30pm (AWST)... with Ashley Hay Art & Matt JonesWe’re excited to have Artist Leanne Pearson, join us this Sunday on The Yarn. Leanne recently won the Open Acquisitional Award (presented by the City of Mandurah) for her painting: Ferris Wheel Memories (60x 60cm painting done in 3.5 hours) - at the Plein Air Down Under Festival 2022. Leanne is a passionate painter who mainly works in oils. She is known for her amazing portraits which grace the homes of many Australian and international families. Her work revolves around expressing the light which she does with her exceptional use of colour. Learn more about Leanne’s passion for the arts when you join us this Sunday on the Yarn...This is a YARN not to miss!!! .JOIN US to LISTEN LIVE @www.iplradio.org.au this Sunday 2-4.30pm (AWST)... It's going to be a fabulous "Yarn"... (Australia and New Zealand) bit.ly/3rpk0QL Download the App - bit.ly/3rmy8tJ LISTEN LIVE (USA, UK and Canada) bit.ly/3HmRtka Watch our Youtube Videos - bit.ly/3490Sh5Inspire Community Services Ltd The Yarn - Homespun Arts and Music #iplradio #theyarn #leannepearsonart #ashleyhayart ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Plein Air Down Under
And the 2022 PLEIN AIR DOWN UNDER PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS, presented by the Royal Flying Doctor Service WA go to:FOYER GALLERY: Leon Holmes, Just Clowning AroundALCOA MANDURAH ART GALLERY: Gascoigne GumsThis year's award was split in two to accommodate both exhibitions. Congratulations Leon Holmes - two beautiful and very popular paintings.Image: Leon Holmes with Erica Smyth AC and RFDS Ambassador. Photo by Mark Labrow Photography.Image: Just Clowning Around, courtesy Leon Holmes.#RFDSWA #pleinairdownunder #peeldevelopentcommission #king_carnival ... See MoreSee Less
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Postal Address
P.O Box 788
30-32 Pinjarra Road
Mandurah, WA
Australia, 6210