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NSW Parliament Plein Air painting prize 2012

Out in the Plein Air at the NSW Parliament

This May, the walls of the NSW Parliament will be transformed into a celebration of the many and diverse landscapes that make up our great State. From cityscapes, to urban, rural and natural scenes, many unique visions will be on display as part of the 2012 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.

One of the only art prizes in Australia to celebrate this unique painting tradition, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000 awarded for the best ‘en plein air’ painting of a New South Wales subject. Popularised by the impressionists, plein air painting occurs almost entirely outdoors, where the artist can engage directly with the landscape and its shifting colours, light and compositions.

First held in 2008, the Prize has grown steadily over the past few years, with many artists seeking the prize money and the opportunity to become part of the NSW Parliament Collection – one of the most significant art collections in Australia. Past entrants and winners have included the likes of Euan Macleod, Rodney Pople and Noel McKenna for his work ‘My Backyard’ (pictured).

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize will run from 1st May – 31st May 2012. Entry is free, and doors are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm. For more information, visit www.pleinair.com.au

The exhibition of finalists will be on display at the NSW Parliament from Tuesday 1 May through to Thursday 31st May. Entry is FREE and doors are open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.00pm. A special Sunday opening will also be held on Sunday 20 May from 10.00am to 4.00pm, and doors will be open until 8.30pm for two night viewings on Wednesday 23rd and Wednesday 30th May.

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  • Between Tuesday 01 May and Thursday 31 May from 08.30 to 16.00


NSW Parliament, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000
Contact: 02 9230 2111
Website: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au
Other Services: Air conditioned, Disabled access, Bicycle parking, Public toilets



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NSW Parliament
02 9230 2111

How to get to this event:

Train travel
The nearest train stations are Martin Place and St James.

Bus travel
Buses run in Macquarie, Elizabeth and Castlereagh Streets. Route numbers 200, 308, 309, 310, 324, 325, 326, 327, 333, 339, 343, 373, 374, 376, 377, 380, 389, 391, 392, 394, 396, 397 and 399 service the area.

By car
Car parking is not generally available at Parliament House. Car parks are located at:
Cook and Phillip Parks (access via Cathedral St); and
The Domain (access via St Marys Road).
Sydney Hospital next door to Parliament House (access via Hospital Road).

By bicycle
Bicycles may not be brought into Parliament House, however there are a number of nearby parking facilities at which bicycles may be secured. These include cycle rings along Macquarie St near the entrance to Parliament; U-rail facilities at Town Hall and Cook + Phillip Park, as well as bike cages at the Goulburn Street Parking Station.

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NSW Parliament, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000


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