Plein Air Painting at Bowood

On Saturday 2nd July 2022, there will be an exclusive chance to paint en plein air at Bowood House & Gardens in aid of Arts Together.

The Bowood Estate has previously never allowed members of the public to paint in the gardens, but we are delighted to announce that this year, Arts Together has been granted exclusive access to host a Landscape Painting Competition.

Bowood House and Gardens

Set within 100 acres of beautifully landscaped ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland Bowood House and Gardens sits in the heart of Wiltshire between Derry Hill and Chippenham. An Italian-inspired Terrace Garden surrounds the Grade I listed Georgian House and a magnificent lake stretches out into the distance creating many opportunities for the landscape painter in this unique event.


The competition will be judged by Lady Lansdowne, High Sheriff of Wiltshire and Jen Gash, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018.

Jen Gash Macedonia – commission for Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018.

Jen Gash ‘Macedonia’ – commission for Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018.

The winner will receive an award at the event prize giving and a £50 voucher from ARTWAY art supplies.

Tickets are strictly limited and must be booked and paid for in advance through Arts Together.
The deadline for ticket sales is 28th June
and no tickets will be sold after this date.

Admission time 12pm July 2nd
udging 4pm (prize giving 4.30pm) 

Cost per entrant £25- this includes admission to Bowood House & Gardens
and entry to the competition.

Spectators can also purchase entry tickets at the standard admission rates, these must be purchased via Arts Together to allow access to the painting arena and prize giving event. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available exclusively to entrants and spectators at the Gardener’s Bothy.  Cream teas can be pre-booked at cost of £5 per person.

All competitors will need to bring their own art supplies (unless pre-booked via Arts Together) and any easels or foldaway seating they require. These must be transported by the competitors on foot from the car park unless alternative prior arrangements have been made directly with Arts Together.

 Kindly note: this is an open-air event, and the weather is out of our control. Competitors will need to dress appropriately for the unpredictable summer weather. Come prepared for rain or shine!

If competitors would like to have art materials ready on arrival it is possible to purchase one of two ARTWAY kits from Arts Together at the time of ticket purchase. Further details on the artway kits can be found here

For any further information or to purchase tickets, Bowood House kindly request that all enquiries go via Belinda at Arts Together. Thank you for supporting this charity event.

[email protected] | Direct line 07779 608196  |   01380 831434

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