Plein Air Event September  - 4 September 2022


Set in the stunning ribbon of parks at the heart of Leamington Spa, this non-selective art event will be open to all local 2D & 3D artists (not only WOS members). Whether well established or just starting out, artists are invited to engage with their surroundings and produce a creative piece in response. A number of our established WOS artists will also provide mentor support to the emerging artists.

Whereas most Plein Air events tend to be restricted to paintings or drawings, we want artists to engage in their surroundings and produce a creative piece in response in any 2D or 3D art form. This could include paints, pastels or pencil, last year we also had wire, felt, print, photography, glass and even mixed media using leaves, twigs, etc found in the parks .

This year we are hosting a plenary / ask the expert session, whilst the judging is taking place so the artists can ask specific questions about working plein air and the challenges that includes.

Visitors to the park are welcome to wander around and see the art in action. This year, in the classroom by the glasshouse, we will be organising creative activities that will allow the general public to also get involved and be artistically inspired by their surroundings.

At the end of the day, the artwork will be displayed in a pop-up exhibition in The Glasshouse, and further exhibition opportunities are currently being investigated.

With over 100 artists already signed up to take part, we have just extended the deadline a couple of weeks until 14 August. There are three different categories that you can sign up for. If you are an established artist who has exhibited and sold your work then there is a £10 fee to participate. If you are under 25 or an artist that is at the start of your creative then it is FREE to take part as this event is about bring all level of abilities together. To enter you must create a website account or if you have already have an account make sure you are signed into the account.

Book your place - deadline extended to 14 Aug

We’d like to say a big thank you to some of our sponsors for the fantastic prizes up for grabs:

- LSA Exhibition Prize –3 week exhibition in the LSA East Lodge

- Tustains ‘Best in Show’ - £250 voucher to use at Tustains

- Art in the Park 2023 Prize – a pitch at the 2023 Art in the Park Event

- ten £20 highly commended prizes

We’d also like to thank Royal Leamington Spa Town Council for awarding us a Council Community Grant that has enabled us to put on the event and also offer a family creative activity and a Q&A session with our more established artists.


Please see below the gallery of artworks produced at the 2021 event. If you would like to find out more about the artists, or buy one of the pieces, either click the ‘Contact Artist’ if they are a member of Warwickshire Open Studios and this will take you to their profile page, or email with your enquiries about the artist(s).

Isabel Cooper

£105.00 - Jephson Memorial

Kate Larkin

NFS - Cheng Hua orange hoster

Christine Hodges

£180.00 - Bridge over the Leam

Contact artist

Eleanor Rose

£135.00 - Gathered, found and Made

Millie Jones

Highly Commended

£20.00 (SOLD) - What I see

Barry Chadwick

Highly Commended

£200.00 - Mirror Mirror in the Park

Evelyn Baxter

£62.00 (SOLD) - End of Summer (Bowl)

Contact artist

Ingrid Oliver

NFS - Czech memorial fountain

Julia Essex

£150.00 - Lake in Jephson Gardens

Contact artist

Joy Wadsworth

NFS - Climbing Tree

Emily Tyler

£40.00 - Paradise Found

Samantha Jones

£50.00 - Flowerbed Abstract

Carey - Moon

£45.00 - Artist at Work

Contact artist

Nikkitha Magesh

£55.00 - Views of Jephson Memorial

Linda Scannell

£120.00 - Memorial

Contact artist

Janet Tryner

£80.00 - Drifting Through

Simon Jones

£35.00 - Jephson Gardens

Gemma Passantino

£30.00 - Boy without elephant

Elizabeth Mulrey

£70.00 - Canopy

Lucy Burton

Highly Commended

£200.00 - Glasshouse Palms

David James

£20.00 (SOLD) - Scruffy Bird

Steve Lister

Highly Commended

SOLD - The Baths

Katie Jones

£40.00 - Jephson Memorial

Contact artist

Fiona Payne

£75.00 Sensory Sunshine

Katy Walden

£190.00 - Jephson Gardens in Bloom

Jo Bond

HIghly Commended

£75.00 (SOLD) - Leamington by Train

Contact artist

Kathryn Parker

£50.00 - Jephson Memorial Plein Air

Rosemary Frost

£50.00 - Giant Rhubarb

Hazel Jenkins

£50.00 - YoYu (melting)

Amy Petty

Winner - AITP Award

NFS - Sunday

Kopal Gupta

£15.00 - Cuppa Thought - what will you embrace, tree or plastic

Janette George

£80 - Reflections

Contact artist

Zoe Petrie

NFS - Challenging perception

Paul Miller

£120.00 - Jephson Elephants

Eleanor Hughes

Winner - WDC & WOS Emerging Artist Award

NFS - Tea stain afternoon

Michael Sheppard

£200.00 - The Sunlight of Jephson Gardens

Marie Calvert

£125.00- Pump Room Gardens in Blue

Contact artist

Julia Sanders

NFS - A Walk in the Park

Aman Sahota

£20.00 - Bridge & Bushes

Lynsey Cleaver

£200.00 - Underneath the Aviary

Jo Wilson

NFS - The bee hive

Angela Webb

£100.00 (SOLD) - Flowerbeds

Contact artist

Jane Yates

£40.00 - September Greens

Eric Klein Velderman

NFS - Seed

Contact artist

Catherine Pointon

£30.00 - 22

Claire Thomas

£60.00 - Moseley Shoals

Melissa Keskinkilinc

HIghy Commended

£87.00 (SOLD) - Delicate Spikes

Contact artist

Steff Hutchinson

£40.00 - Threads

Natasha Taheem

Highly Commnended

£20 each (ONE SOLD) - People in the Park

Charlotte Webb

£50.00 - Big Jeph

Olga Lomax

Highly Commended

£200.00 - Beautiful Day

Jacob Walden

Highly Commended

£120.00 (SOLD) - Jephson Memorial

Hazel Roberts

NFS - View to all Saints

Heather Hall

NFS - Fountains

Maddie Webb30 each / 50 pair Purple Haze / Purple Hazel

£30 each / £50 pair - Purple Haze / Purple Hazel

Contact artist

Emily Parker

£30.00 (SOLD) - Impressionistic Tree

Helen Smith

£20.00 - People in Glass houses shouldn't throw stones

Jill Morris

£70.00 - River under bridge

Roslyn Moorhouse

NFS - Church through sun rise

Sharon Cresswell

£150.00 (SOLD) - Peace

Kay Matthews

£45.00 (SOLD) - East Lodge

Contact artist

Sarah Lowry

Highly Commended

£90.00 (SOLD) - Hot House Flowers

Michael O’Reilly

£50.00 - Bridge on the river

Julie Law

£30.00 - Day in the Park

Contact artist

Jacqui Smithson

£55.00 for both - Seasons in the Sun

Contact artist

Libby Bess

£80.00 Jephson Fairy

Contact artist

Judith Perry

£40.00 (SOLD) - A Postcard from Leamington Spa

Nicola Bagga

£30.00 (SOLD) - The Aviary

Diane Shores

SOLD - Sunday Swan Song

Sue Southorn

£250.00 - Light on the Leam

Contact artist

Liah English

NFS - Spirit of the Park

Louise Simpson

NFS - Nearly in the Lake

Helena Godwin

£75 - Ode to a Bower Bird

Ceridwen Williams

NFS - Fillupa goes to Jephson

Jane Holden

NFS (piece unfinished) - Garden Flora

Paula Perry

£90.00 - Through a Nobbly Tree

Contact artist

Lukasz Lepik

Highly Commended

£350.00 (SOLD) - Pop of Colour

Ellie Larard-Tansley

NFS - Jephson in Blue

Christine Pratt

NFS - Elephant Wash

Sarah Green

£95.00 - One Grace

Sandra Parker

NFS - The Avenue

Aishwarya Magesh

£125.00 - A vibrant morning in Jephson Gardens

Suminder Treadwell

£75.00 - Bridge view

Edward Nash

£200.00 - Jephson Memorial

Contact artist

Gillian Shadbolt

£200.00 - Sensory Sunshine

Contact artist

Jacky Buckingham

£70.00 - Willes Road Bridge

Rachel Meddoms

£90.00 - Recycling the senses

Emma Cleeton

£250.00 - Autumn Park

Jane Archer

NFS - Glasshouse sketches

Contact artist

Pam Hyams

NFS - Walk in the Park

Alix Almond

£60.00 - Glasshouse

Contact artist

Claire Henley

Winner - LSA Award

SOLD - The Aviary

Contact artist

Gemma Whitford

£25.00 (SOLD) - The Bug Garden

Contact artist

Stacey Tomkinson

NFS - Secret Garden

Nathan Purshouse

FREE - A walk in the Sharpie

Hannah Quartermain

Winner - Tustains Best in Show

£70.00 (SOLD) - The Bridge

Heidi Kind

£30.00 (SOLD) - Blue Bridge