About Us

For several years members of Portaferry of Art Society have been painting together outside and have found the experience both convivial and challenging. A die-hard core, over many cups of coffee (and stronger) developed the idea of creating a Plein Air Festival based in the town to take place from 21st to 25th May 2020.

Based in the Market House in the centre of the village, the festival will kick off with a welcome reception on Thursday 21st May followed by three days of painting, Each day will have a resident artist leading participants to a variety of locations within walking distance of the Market House. It will conclude with an exhibition of work produced over the three days on Monday 25th at which prizes will be awarded for each day’s work.

Portaferry lies at the mouth of Strangford Lough, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is itself a bustling Heritage village and conservation area. Rich in both marine and landscape subjects the area has long been a favourite destination for visual artists, and the narrow streets and historical buildings of the village offer the urban painter wonderfully challenging aspects. Something for everyone!

The cost of the weekend will be £40 (£30 for the early bird) and can be booked, and paid for on registration, online via the website. Included will be an information pack with links to accommodation sites; a discount for shops and cafes; the Thursday reception, use of the Market House (tea and coffee available) and all resident artists’ fees.

All you will need to bring is materials, suitable clothing and something to sit on! Oh and your enthusiasm!

We look forward to welcoming you.


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