‘Art in the Open’ painting festival 2021 | Wexford

Gerard Byrne | Tutor Artist

30th july - 1st august 2021


This Summer will see the 14th year of Wexford’s ‘Art in the Open’ annual outdoor painting festival, taking place from the 30th July to the 1st August. Gerard Byrne has been invited as one of five Artist Tutors who will be leading live painting demonstrations over the course of the festival. 




Known to be the largest ‘plein air’ painting festival in Europe, this year’s ‘Art in the Open’ event will feature a number painting workshops (two by Gerard) along with on-easel exhibitions each evening at the Wexford quay. Artists from around Ireland and abroad are invited to paint at three different locations, all of which are a short drive from Wexford town, including the North Slobs Wildfowl Reserve at the estuary of the River Slaney, the award winning Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig, and the picturesque harbour town of Wexford itself. Originally a Viking settlement founded in 800AD, Wexford is famed for its beautiful natural harbour, its winding lanes, and its multitude of pubs, art galleries, restaurants and craft shops.





The festival's Artist Tutor LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS will run for about two hours, and will include a Q&A with the artist at the end of the session. Each session will have up to eight students taking part. Visit the festival’s website to register.





Gerard is celebrated for his vibrantly evocative and large scale plein air scenes, and has previously taken part in both Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2017 competition, and Pintar Rapido London, the UK’s largest outdoor painting competition, where he achieved second prize. His recent exhibition, Pause for Harmony. Art in Lockdown, showcased paintings of the red brick architecture so typical of the South Dublin streets near his studio in Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The Artist Tutor demonstrations are an opportunity to see Gerard at work, and witness his painting process in the beautiful setting of Ireland's (hopefully sunny) Southeast! 




April 27, 2021