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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 is the Peel regions largest outdoor painting festival. Held around Mandurah’s cultural precinct, the event features awards and prizes, feature artists, youth involvement, demonstrations and an exhibition of plein air paintings.

2023 focused 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) and Matt Ryder (UAE), ran Masterclasses, painted and demonstrated throughout the festival.

Over 200 artists painted throughout Mandurah’s town centre, cultural precinct, and the historic town of Pinjarra. When the artists weren’t on site painting, the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre served 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 included:

  • Workshops and Masterclasses
  • Lotterywest Demo Zone
  • Spirit of the Landscape Art Exhibition
  • Artist registration open to professional, non-professional and youth artists
  • Over $12,000 in awards and prizes
  • Day and evening paint-outs
  • A two-hour Quick Draw painting competition
  • Opportunities to exhibit, sell and buy original artwork.



3 weeks ago

Plein Air Down Under
** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT **We are excited to introduce you to Lori Putnam. one of our Feature Artists for this year's Plein Air Down Under Outdoor Painting Festival, 17 - 24 September.Recognized for her expressive brushwork, contemporary compositions, and intelligent use of color, Lori paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio. Having painted and taught in more than 30 different countries (including Ukraine, New Zealand, Guatemala, much of Europe, and the UK), she believes that works created from life help her maintain freshness in her studio paintings as well.Stay tuned to find out more about her Masterclasses on:16 & 17 September19 & 20 SeptemberThank you to Shane Jansen van Rensburg for putting this video together. It's beautiful!!@loriputnamart #loriputnamart ##peelregion #pleinairfestival #pleinairmagazine #CityofMandurah #peeldevelopmentcommission #Visitmandurah #pleinairmag #mandurahartist #outdoorpainting #pleinair #mandurahartsfestival #visitmandurah #perthpleinairpainters #pleinairpainters #wasainc #enpleinair #oilpainting #LandscapePainting ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Plein Air Down Under
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3 months ago

Plein Air Down Under
YES. We are on again in 2024.YES. You can lock the dates in your diary.Note the extended dates of 17-24 September 2024, seven days of outdoor painting, Feature Artists, Masterclasses, Workshops, painting demos, awards and prizes and exhibitions. All to celebrate the art of outdoor painting.Peel Region, Western Australia #VisitMandurah #cityofmandurah #pinjarra #PleinAirFestival #quickdraw #mandurahartist #peelregion #peeldevelopmentcommission #everythingmandurah #pleinairmagazine #pleinairmag #visitpinjarra #pleinairpainting ... See MoreSee Less
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Postal Address
P.O Box 788
30-32 Pinjarra Road
Mandurah, WA
Australia, 6210