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Plein Air Competition 2024 - Rules

Hebden Bridge Plein Air 2024 competition hosted by Craft and Canvas and Northlight Studios.

What is Plein Air?

Plein Air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, colour, and movement into their works. What better way to capture the unique landscape in and around Hebden Bridge.

The event is open to any artist who paints using the Plein Air technique in oil, pencil, ink, watercolour, acrylic, or pastel. Both artist and subject must be outdoors, and photographs are NOT used. Contemporary Plein Air artists capture moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colours, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements.

Date: 14th September 2024

Venue: Registration is online and check in is at Craft and Canvas, 3 Carlton Street, Hebden Bridge HX7 8ER. Submission: Northlight Studios, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge, HX7 7BZ.

Event Schedule:

2024 Plein Air Event Schedule

Registration is online or at the shop by 5pm on 7th September.

Check in, if needed canvas panel collection time at Craft and Canvas
7.30am – 10am. You need to check-in on the morning of the competition to get an entry card number.

Submission at Northlight Studios no later than 3pm

Winners Announced no later than 4.30pm at Northlight Studios


  1. Location: An artist may paint any subject or scene outdoors.
  2. Materials: Artists should use their own oils, acrylics, watercolours, charcoal, pastels, ink etc. No photographs or art completed before the competition day can be accepted.
    Canvas panels, if needed, will be provided at check-in. These will be A3 prepared panels.
  3. Painting Time: Each work of art must be started and completed, en Plein Air on 14th September 2024, between 7.30am and 3pm on the day of the event. The event will be held rain or shine so come prepared for all weathers! 
    All art must be submitted no later than 3pm on 14th September 2024.
  4. Size of artwork: Any size but no larger then A3.
  5. Artist Participants: Participation is open to all, children must be accompanied by an adult.

All artists must register and registration must be completed by 7th September 2024 at or in person at the shop.

Check in will take place from 7.30am until 10am at Craft and Canvas, 3, Carlton Street, Hebden Bridge on 14th September 2024. 

You need to check-in to get your entry card number. 

Registration fees:

£10.00, places to be booked online at or in person at the shop


  1. All Paintings and a Signed Contest Entry Card must be delivered to the judging site no later than 3pm at Northlight Studios, Valley Road, Hebden Bridge.
    Late entries will not be accepted, so please plan your return trip accordingly.
  2. Each artist may submit one finished piece for the competition. No additional entries will be accepted.
  3. Artwork submitted for judging must be signed on the back with your entry card number so we know who has created the picture
    You must present your entry card and artwork together.
  4. Payments for registration may be done online or in person at the at Craft and Canvas before midnight on 7th September.
  5. We’d like the winning artworks to be displayed after the competition (with your permission) for a week in our shop window at Craft and Canvas.
  6. The judging will take place from 3pm – 4.30pm.
    All judging is final during the competition.
  7. Judging results will be announced between 4.30pm and 5pm at Northlight.
  8. The Judging Panel will consist of two judges, Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace-Jones. Click here to see details of the judges

There will be 3 prizes presented on the day for first and second place for adults, and a prize for students (under 16’s). Adult first prize is £150, second prize £75 and student prize £50

There will be additional prizes from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Materials, Artstat, West Design Products, Pro-Arte Brushes, Searchpress and Global Art Supplies.

To purchase a piece of art for sale that on the day, buyers should speak directly with the artist.

Copyright and Promotion

Copyright of the artworks submitted remains with the artist. However, by submitting an application form and agreeing to the terms and conditions set out, the artist gives permission for their work to be used for the promotional purposes of Craft and Canvas and Northlight Studios, for the exhibition both online and in print. Examples of ways in which your work may be used for promotional purposes include:

Online – Adverts and Online Press, Online Catalogue, Social Media, etc.

In Print – Exhibition Catalogue/Brochure, Leaflets/Posters, Advertising and Press (Magazines and Newspapers), etc.

Artists will be given attribution for any advertising using their works.

Insurance and Damage to Artwork

The utmost care will be taken of artworks once submitted; however neither Craft and Canvas or Northlight Studios, or its staff, will be responsible for any loss or damage of artworks whilst they are on display. If exhibitors are concerned for the welfare of their work, exhibitors must make their own arrangements regarding insurance. 


Please Note all costs of transporting/delivering the artworks to Northlight are the responsibility of the Artist. Just as we do not accept liability for damages on the premises, we do not accept any responsibility/liability for damage to artwork whilst being transported and delivered to the premises.

Collecting your Work

Artwork must be collected at 6pm on the 14th September. This remains the responsibility of the artist - there is no storage availability at Northlight Studios

Please note, if any work submitted has not been collected from the Northlight Studios on the day, Northlight may dispose of the work as it sees fit.