Professional and emerging artists with a penchant for painting ‘en plein air’ will have the chance to win $20,000 with the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, which is now open for entries, Thomas George Nationals Member for Lismore announced today.

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is one of the only landscape painting prizes in Australia to celebrate this unique and age-old art form, which requires the artist to paint entirely out of doors, in direct contact with nature and the elements.

Artists cross fields, climb mountains, follow rivers, trek coastlines, or even simply wander out into the backyard or neighbourhood in search of the perfect subject.

“The Northern Rivers has some incredible natural and urban scenery and I’d encourage local artists to pack their paints and easels and have a go at capturing the area en plein air,” said Mr George.

Now in its 9th year, the Prize has gained a reputation for shining the spotlight on professional and emerging plein air painters, and is one of the most eagerly anticipated landscape painting prizes on the NSW arts calendar.

Artists are invited to enter up to two paintings done en plein air, of a New South Wales subject, with the work begun on or after May 2014.

Entries will be accepted until Wednesday 27 July via electronic submission.

For more information, including important dates, conditions of entry and the entry form please visit

The coveted Prize includes a public exhibition of finalists’ works at Parliament House throughout October.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email:

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.