Don't miss your chance to enter the Windsor and Eton En Plein Air Competition

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Don't miss your chance to enter the Windsor and Eton En Plein Air Competition

Limited spaces running out as artists from around the country urged to book in to take part in Windsor’s biggest outdoor painting competition inside Windsor Castle, before it’s too late. 

Windsor En Plein Air Event (1)

Windsor and Eton En Plein Air 2024

The evening of Wednesday 5th June saw the launch of the Royal Borough's largest outdoor painting competition and street gallery. Inviting artists/painters from around the country to come and try their hand at painting some of Windsor Castle’s most viewed and unique spaces.  In the beautiful and serene surroundings of the Moat Gardens, Windsor Castle, the organisers, Windsor and Eton Business Partnership launched the biannual event. Six local artists were invited to paint all day in the gardens and present their work during the launch, with Hannah Bruce of the artists invited to speak about her experiences and the great benefit the competition has provided her and other painters.

Windsor En Plein Air Launch Event

Gill Heppell @Gillthephotographer

The competition has been running since 2012 originally with kind permission of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and more recently from His Majesty The King Charles III.  Painters are invited to paint outside in the grounds of the Castle in many of the public spaces that visitors see. 

There are several locations that painters are permitted with no public access, offering the opportunity to capture some of the more private areas of the Castle on canvas. Areas such as the Guards Roof, East Gardens and, new for this year, the Quadrangle, which has been featured in many of the more recent events at Windsor and seen all over the world.

First prize - £2000 & £500 of Daler-Rowney artist materials
Second prize - £500
Third Prize - £250

Artist painting outside

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Gill Heppell @Gillthephotographer

Following the competition, a pop-up street gallery is created in Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, where the paintings are judged, and the general public have an opportunity to buy their own very special and unique piece of art from the day.

Louise Wilson, Chair of the Windsor and Eton business Partnership, said...

“We have been overwhelmed with interest and spaces are limited so any artist wishing to take part to paint in the splendour of Windsor Castle, should go to for more information and to register as soon as possible to join the 80 artists already signed up. Entries close on 30 June at 12 midnight .”

Learn more and enter on the Visit Windsor website.

Artist’s work must be a two-dimensional medium with a maximum size of 1m x 1m. All work must be completed en plein air without the assistance of photography. All canvases must be stamped with the official En Plein air Windsor and Eton stamp prior to any work being undertaken.

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