Windsor and Eton En Plein Air


Windsor, Berkshire

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Windsor and Eton En Plein Air | artist painting in Windsor Castle, copyright Gill Heppell


With kind permission of His Majesty King Charles III, Windsor Castle is set to play host to Windsor and Eton En Plein Air 2024 – The Royal Borough’s largest outdoor painting competition and street gallery.

Windsor and Eton En Plein Air is the town’s largest and most exciting art competition.  It will take place on Saturday 20th July inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Started in 2012 as part of the HM Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this event has continued to grow in popularity, attracting hundreds of artists from all over the world.

In 2022, over 90 artists converged at Windsor Castle to create their own masterpieces within a 6-hour time frame at various locations in the grounds the world-famous Castle.  

This year, Windsor Castle will again host this prestigious event which has the added incentive of an increased prize fund for the winners.  The event hopes to attract over one hundred artists to the Castle.

First Prize - £2000 and £500 of Daler-Rowney artist materials, Second Prize - £500 and Third Prize - £250

On the day artists bring their canvases, painting materials and an easel. Their canvasses are stamped at the beginning of the day, the artist can then choose one of the 11 locations within Windsor Castle from which to create their piece of work. They then have just six hours to complete their piece of art.

Street Gallery

Having completed their work, artists are invited to exhibit their piece as part of an open-air pop-up exhibition in Windsor Royal Station, where the public will have the opportunity to see and buy the work. The Gallery opens at 5.00pm with judging by a panel of industry experts followed by the prize-giving at 6.00pm.

Louise Wilson, Chair of the Windsor & Eton Business Partnership said “We are grateful to His Majesty for allowing this wonderful competition to take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle allowing artists the opportunity to paint in unique spaces. They will then go on to exhibit and sell their work in the Town where we will welcome as many people as possible to attend the exhibition. Whilst thousands, if not millions of people take pictures of Windsor Castle, this is a rare opportunity for people to paint and to purchase great paintings, some of which will be of special areas that the public are not normally invited into. We look forward to a marvellous event.”


Registration fee is £60.00.  Registration now open.

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Opening Times

Competition (20 July 2024)
Saturday09:30 - 16:00
Hanging of pop-up exhibition, Windsor Royal Station (20 July 2024)
Saturday16:00 - 17:00
Exhibition open to public, Windsor Royal Station (20 July 2024)
Saturday16:30 - 18:30
Judging, Windsor Royal Station (20 July 2024)
Prize Giving, Windsor Royal Station (20 July 2024)

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