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Public Art

The Great Paignton Paint Out

Arti­zan Col­lec­tive is delight­ed to announce a week­end of out­door art inspired by plein air tradition.

23/09/23 – 24/09/23
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:30 – 16:00
Mon–Fri, Closed
Saturday, 10:00 – 16:00
With the help of ten professional artists, we take over the streets and seafront to show off this creative town like you’ve never seen it before.

“Plein air” is French for “out of doors” so the tradition literally means leaving the studio to directly observe the landscape and paint outside. It’s a centuries old practice but was popularised by the French Impressionist movement and the desire to capture ephemeral qualities of light.

But we’re talking plein air with a difference, and whilst we celebrate the work this painting tradition is synonymous with, we’ll also be welcoming a range of incredible artists with unique, contemporary outdoor practice.

Spread over two days, a range of events will celebrate Paignton’s built heritage and start conversations about the creativity of the town.

On Day 1, see if you can spot one of our artists creating live and find out about the buildings that have caught their attention. Then on Day 2, it’s your turn! Join us all on the seafront as we invite you to “Paint Paignton” with us. Whether you’re a pro, an aspiring talent, or have never picked up a brush before, this day is open to everyone to get involved. Bring your favourite art supplies or pick some freebies up on the day from our art station, and whether you’re a painter, prefer charcoals, or sketch on your iPad, it doesn’t matter, so long as you come on down to help us gather the biggest group of artists Paignton Green has ever seen. Get tips and advice, watch live demos throughout the day, but most importantly, create!

The Great Paignton Paint Out takes over from 23rd-24th September but look out for artists popping up throughout the month or even have a go at “Painting Paignton” yourself. For tips on getting creative outdoors and to find out more about the full schedule of events, head to

The Great Paignton Paint Out is part of “Wide Open” a programme of activity curated by Filament Works CIC and supported by Tonic Creatives CIC. It is funded as part of Torbay’s Cultural Development Fund, a Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) fund, administered by Arts Council England.
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