En Plein Air 2022


Join in the first plein air painting event in Cheltenham, with prizes to be won
The French term plein air means outside and refers to the practice of painting entire finished pictures out of doors. Watch This Space are delighted to announce the first event of this kind in Cheltenham. Come for the day, paint and enjoy the beautiful gardens in Montpellier, Cheltenham and get your work judged by experts in their field plus a chance to win some amazing prizes. 


1st prize £500 sponsored by Gardens Gallery 

2nd prize £250 

3rd prize a Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop 

Youth prize – £50 art materials voucher, courtesy of Cheltenham Art Society (14-18 year olds)

Abstract landscape prize TBC 

Our confirmed Judges for Montpellier Gardens

:* Conrad Clarke, SPRING gallery owner and award winning professional contemporary landscape artist. His work draws inspiration from the natural world around him and often focuses on the interaction between plants and their environment.

* Jaynie Tricker, professional artist and prize winning en plein air specialist painter, passionate about the creative process, with a love for the outdoors, colour and painting directly from life. 

* Nicola Millington is a painter, arts educator and owner of Cheltenham’s ‘The Art Studio’. She was a wildcard entrant for the Sky Arts Landscape Painter of the Year 2022 and painted en plein air at Compton Verney.


Important Information:

– You must start and finish your artwork on the day

– All works must have a stamp on the back, administered by the team on arrival

– Original artwork can be in any medium & any size 

– iPad and photography artwork does not qualify – We accept no responsibility for loss, damage or injury during the day

– Any work bought back after 4pm, will not be eligible for judging.

For more information and how to register please click here:




The Gardens were originally developed in the early 1800's and its centrepiece is the Bandstand.

Facing the Bandstand is the Proscenium Building where we now have our Gallery.

Follow https://tinyurl.com/MontpellierGardens for a history of the gardens and https://www.facebook.com/MontpellierGardens/about for information about Friends of the Bandstand and Gardens(FOMBAG).


  1. There is wheelchair access to the gallery from the path between the tennis courts and the gallery.
  2. For exhibitors delivering their work, there is a locked bollard to be removed at the gardens entrance. See link below for details.
  3. Unfortunately, there is no disabled parking in the gardens.
  4. Exhibitors should take care to design their exhibition layout with wheelchair use in mind.

For full information about accessibility, please follow this link:


 Typical annual foot-fall is 22000.

If we take out the impact of Festivals then the weekly average is 400 per week.

This varies according to the variables of weather, social media, networking, number of artists, and the appeal of the Exhibition


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