This is the current draft of the program for Plein Air Down Under 2024.

Details will be updated and published as the team behind PADU completes arrangements.


7 September 2.30 pm:  Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition opening.

7 & 8 September 10am to 2pm:  International World-Wide Paint Out, Mandjar Square Mandurah.


16 & 17 September: Lori Putnam (USA) Masterclass #1, Plein Air Right from the Start. Register here

17 September: PADU Experience Peel Paint Out #1 – board stamping from 8:30am to 10am.

18 September: Tony Robinson (Ireland) Masterclass, Mastering the Painted Portrait. Register here.

18 September: PORTRAIT NIGHT. Bring your painting gear and we will provide the model for a fun night of portrait painting. Registrations open July.

18 September: PADU Experience Peel Paint Out #2 – board stamping from 8:30am to 10am.

19 & 20 September: Leon Holmes Oil Painting Masterclass, en Plein Air. Register here

19 & 20 September: Lori Putnam (USA) Masterclass #2, Plein air, Resource Material or Finished Product. SOLD OUT – Register WAITLIST here

19 September: PADU Experience Peel Paint Out #3 – board stamping from 8:30am to 10am.

20 September: Andy Dolphin (Mt Barker) Workshop, Drawing for Plein Air Painting. Registrations open June.

20 September: Gordon Alexander (Perth) Workshop, Watercolour in the Landscape. Registrations open June.

20 September: PADU Experience Peel Paint Out #4 – board stamping from 8:30am to 10am.

20 September: Meet & Greet and Artist Orientation in the gardens of the Leon Holmes Gallery. Included in Ticket price, but please register for our admin. Registrations open June.


DAY ONE | Sat 21 Sept 2024 | Mandurah presented by Ray White Mandurah

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, everyone welcome

9.00am onwards

  • Artist registration and board stamping.
  • Watch the artists painting within the festival footprint.
  • Information session for first time artists.
  • Continuous morning tea (registered artists).
  • Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition.

10am – 12 noon            Tony Robinson (Ireland) Portrait Painting Demonstrations. Registrations open June.

1.00 – 3.00pm               Lori Putnam (USA) Art Business Workshop “So, You Want to be a Professional”. Registrations open June.

3.00 – 6.00pm               Watch the artists painting around the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Boardwalk Precinct and Dolphin Quay Marina.

3.00 – 6.00pm

  • Free Children’s painting activities.
  • Free Have a go Watercolour Activity with Artists Robyn Lowry & Roy Harris.
  • Live music.

5pm onwards

  • Artist artwork delivery at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.
  • Bar open.
  • Feature Artist Panel Discussion.

DAY TWO   |   SUN 22 Sept 2024   |   PINJARRA  

Edenvale Heritage Precinct and Town Centre, Pinjarra

8.00am to 12 noon        Peel Produce Market.

10am onwards

  • Watch the artists painting along the Pinjarra Heritage Trail.
  • Free Have-a-Go watercolour activity for grown-ups with Artists Robyn Lowry & Roy Harris.
  • Free Children’s art activity.
  • Nu.Arts Collective at Liveringa Gallery.

11.00am                         Tony Robinson free painting demo: People in the Landscape.

1.00pm                           Lori Putnam free painting demo: Being Bold, not Sloppy.

2.30pm                           Leon Holmes free painting demo: Capturing the Light.

12 noon – 4pm              Live music with Best Friends Music Duo.

5pm onwards                Artist artwork delivery at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

6pm onwards                Meet with the artists at the Oceanic Bar and Grill.

Need transportation to the site? Email to advise.

DAY THREE   |   MON 23 Sept 2024   |   Mandurah  

Mandjar Square, outside the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

8.00am onwards           Coffee and breakfast van on site

8.30am – 9.30am           Quick Draw registration and board stamping

10am to 12 noon           Two Hour Quick Draw Painting Competition

12.15pm – 1.00 pm       Quick Draw Judging, Awards, Easel Exhibition and Sales

Inside Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, everyone welcome

1.30pm onwards

  • Festival Art Exhibition Opens
  • Major Awards Presentations
  • Artwork sales

Ticket Information:

FREE – to watch, participate in Have a Go activities and enjoy the festivities

QUICK DRAW ONLY – Two Hour Painting Competition on Monday 25 September $20. Registrations open June

FULL FESTIVAL TICKET – Participate, Paint, Exhibit, Sell at all events in September, including Quick Draw.

       Adults $62.50 Early Bird to 31 July, then $77.50 regular cost  Register here

Youth aged 18 and under, 13 – 18: $10 Register here


24 September: Experience Peel Paint Out #5 in Cape Bouvard

24 September:  Lori Putnam (USA) Masterclass #3, Fix It, Scrap It, or Use It. Registrations open July.

Continuing to October 6: Spirit of the Landscape Exhibition and Festival Weekend exhibitions, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre