Paint the Past

World-class plein-air artists gather each year at Kings Landing to paint moments rich in history during Paint the Past. Stunning artworks are created each year during this 3-day festival during which artists paint outside in front of their subject, be it one of our historic homes or a beautiful landscape scene. All pieces will be on display for-sale in MacBeath Hall in the Welcome Centre. Guests are encouraged to chat with artists as they paint, attend the awards ceremony, and purchase their favourite pieces. Proceeds from the sale of each piece support the artists and Kings Landing’s heritage initiatives.

2019 – 2020 Artist-in-Residence

Simone Ritter was selected to be Kings Landing’s 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at the Paint the Past Awards Ceremony in 2019 and won “Best in Show” for her painting “Day is Done.” Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Best in Show 2019: “Day is Done” by Simone Ritter.

For Artists

Paint the Past is an annual Plein Air festival hosted at Kings Landing, one of Canada’s landmark historical experiences. By attending Paint the Past, you’ll make personal connections with world-class artists and be transported back in time to 19th-century New Brunswick to capture moments rich in history.

Grand Prize

$1,000 plus designation of “Artist in Residence” for 12 consecutive months

Entry Process

Registration for the 2020 festival will begin January 2020.

Admission to Kings Landing

Kings Landing is a living history museum and a signature tourist attraction in Canada. It is open to visitors 7 days a week from early June to Canadian Thanksgiving in October.

Registered artists to Paint the Past will be given free admission to the Kings Landing during the festival. Any friends and family members accompanying the artist will enter through the Welcome Centre during open hours, 10 am to 5 pm, and pay regular admission. There will be no extra charge for artists’ guests to attend the reception and sale.

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