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Pictures: artists compete at Painswick Rococo Garden


The first plein air art competition at Painswick’s Rococo Garden, was held last weekend and was a great success.

The French term plein air means out of doors and refers to the practice of creating entire finished pictures of art out of doors – En Plein Air events are currently hugely popular. We are delighted to announce the first event of this kind at Rococo Garden, organised by Watch This Space.

Artists were inspired by the beautiful garden and follies. Their incredible pieces of art were judged by experts in their field and the winners won a cash prize.

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Winner from Stroud Carole Conde painting in acrylic.

Winners: Overall Winner, Carole Conde; Illustration, Sophie Wardle; Contemporary Landscape, Lucy Birkinshaw; Youth prize, Sofia Kashoo.

Highly Commended: Liz Freedman; Anna Rojek; Julie Dunster; Nicki Heenan.

The top three prize winners are will also be included in the Spencer House Gallery exhibition from 21 June – 30 August.

The highly commended work will also be included as part of the Tetbury Goods Shed Exhibition Nature’s Garden 26 June – 11 August.

Four Highly Commended awards will win inclusion in the Tetbury Goods Shed exhibition Nature’s Garden, running from the end of June to mid-August.

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The Plein Air Competition will be the start of a collaborative programme of events between Painswick Rococo Garden,  Tetbury Goods Shed and Spencer House Gallery.

The Spencer House Gallery exhibition will be entitled Everything in the Garden and will feature garden themed work by Angie Spencer (Rococo Garden’s artist in residence) and other artists.  The winners of the overall Plein Air Competition, the contemporary landscape and drawing and illustration prize will be hung as part of this. The TGS exhibition Nature’s Garden will feature a range of other work by Angie Spencer, plus the work of the four highly commended from the Plein Air competition.

Pictures by Simon Pizzey

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