Windsor and Eton En Plein Air 2018

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Windsor & Eton En Plein Air
21st July 2018 in Windsor Castle

Windsor & Eton En Plein Air is an open air painting event and competition open to both amateur and professional artists and artists’ groups.

Royal consent has again been granted to allow the competition to be staged within the walls of Windsor Castle.  This is a privileged, unique opportunity and a not-to-be-missed chance to soak up the magnificent architecture while painting in such a stunning setting.

Artists are invited to create their own masterpiece over a six and a half hour period in one of ten or more positions within the castle grounds, including the beautiful, secluded private Moat Garden.  There will be a limited number of artists allowed at each location.

What Should I Expect
This special experience affords artists a once in a life time painting opportunity in one of world’s most recognised castles. You will be setting up your easel and spending the day in one of a number of prime sites in this historic venue. Expect a well organised event ending in a competition with cash prizes and pop-up exhibition where you can sell your work. Plan on a busy day with plenty of visitor interaction and the chance to network with fellow artists. It will be a tiring but a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

How to Enrol
Please read the terms & conditions below, complete the registration and pay the £40 entry fee. Artist number are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Enrolment closes 15th July at 12noon. Registering on the day takes place at The Guildhall, High Street, Windsor from 8.30am. Arrive promptly to choose your location – these are on a first come first serve basis. Once enrolled artists will receive further competition details and a site plan.

Judging and Prizes
Windsor & Eton En Plein Air will be judged by three professionals in the field.
First Prize - £500 and £500 worth of Loxley artists' materials. The winning piece will be presented to HM The Queen to become part of her collection. The winning artist is offered a 25% discount on a stand at this November’s Windsor Contemporary Art Fair.
Second Prize - £250
Third Prize - £150
People’s Choice - £100 (sponsored by Windsor Contemporary Art Fair)
Under 16’s winner – artists’ materials
Every artist who enters will receive a 20% discount voucher on Loxley artists' materials.
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Event Details – Terms & Conditions
Paint or draw within pre-allocated areas on Saturday 21st July 2018 only.
Young artists under 16 are welcome to participate but must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum size of artwork 1m x 1m.
All work must be completed en plein air.
All canvases must be stamped at registration at The Guildhall prior to any work being undertaken. More than one canvas can be stamped but only one can be entered into the competition.
Submit one piece of completed work by 4.00pm at the exhibition area on Castle Hill (exact location subject to change due to weather or other circumstances).
Work should be unframed and canvases wired for hanging. Not necessary for work on paper.
The pop-up exhibition will take place on Castle Hill (weather permitting) All artists will need to ensure that they provide their own easel to display their work.  
Artists may, if they wish, price their work to sell during the exhibition. Any sales transactions are the artists’ responsibility.
All unsold work must be collected by 6.30pm on Saturday 21st July at the end of judging and the exhibition.
Due to the nature of the painting venue extra security measures may need to be put in place and you will be kept informed of these details.
Please advise the organisers of any disabilities and special requirements.
Gazebos are not allowed in the Castle grounds so artists need to be responsible for bringing appropriate shade/wet weather cover plus sufficient refreshments for the day.
Please supply all your own artist materials, easel, chair etc.


Running Order for the Day 

Registration and canvases stamping

8.00am – 9.30am

The Guildhall


9.30am – 4.00pm

Windsor Castle

Hanging of pop-up exhibition

4.00pm – 5.00pm

Castle Hill


from 5.00pm


Prize Giving

from 6.00pm



5.00pm – 6.30pm



N.B. All the above information about En Plein Air 2018 is subject to change without prior notification.


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