Irish Body Painting Festival

We are so excited to be hosting our 3rd annual Irish Body Painting Festival for 2019. Our festival will be held at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on the 24th February and there will be fabulous competitions, performances, photography and retail. All are welcome, the doors open at 12pm and entry costs €5 per person – First 20 in will receive a complimentary goodie bag. Performance & awards show at 6:00 pm

The festival has proudly been sponsored by

  • Dublin Body Paint

Join us and…

You will get the opportunity to watch the competitors create their masterpieces. We will have retailers selling wonderful paints & accessories along with other fun stuff! There will also be performance acts to entertain you. Tea, coffee & food will be available from the red cow hotel.

Competition Time

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There are 3 main categories, and 2 student categories. Each competitor will receive a free goodie bag.

The main categories are:
– Body painting brush & sponge – 9:00am – 3:30pm
– Body painting free style – 10:00am – 4:30pm
– Face painting / Creative make up – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

The student categories are:
– Body painting free style – 10:00am – 4:30pm
– Face painting / Creative make up – 12:00am – 2:00pm

Competitions start from 9am. Doors open to competitors and models from 8am. Hair may be done prior start time. Judging & photography starts from 2:00pm. Models enter free of charge. Need a model? Just let us know and we will be able to help you!

Character Transfomation with Maria Malone-Guerbaa

Learn to transform your face using only paint and the use of light and shadow.

Date Friday 22nd February 2019

Time 10am – 4pm

Creative Bodypaint with Yvonne Zonnenberg

Yvonne’s workshop focuses on techniques and tools to give you the groundwork to unleash your creativity.

Date: Saturday February 23rd

Time: 10am to 5pm

discover the art of body painting

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Festival starts in…

Getting There: Red Cow Moran Hotel

Public Transport

The Luas starts at 7am towards the Red Cow on Sunday morning. Last tram back is at 11pm. The face costs €3.10 for a single journey or €5.40 return. The park and ride stop is 10 mins walk from the hotel. Don’t get off at the Kylemore stop because it’s further away. It costs €2 to park your car at the park n ride luas facility for 4 hours or €4 for 24hrs.

Dublin bus numbers 13, 68 and 69 service Red cow stop number 1977. The service starts at 8am on a Sunday.


Both Connolly and Heuston stations are connected to the Red Line Luas, which runs straight out to the Red Cow Moran Hotel, which is super handy. Commuter trains, the Dart, Belfast and the East coast will arrive in to Connolly, and Trains from the South and West of Ireland will arrive in Heuston.


For visitors the parking at the Red Cow Moran Hotel is €5 for the day. Just show your parking ticket to reception stating you are attending the competition and they will sort you out.

Google Maps

Follow this link to find the hotel on Google Maps. It is right at Exit 10 from the M50. Exit 10 is quite a complex junction, so be sure to check where to go before you leave. If you miss the turn, you could be 15 mins getting back on track!


There is only one Dublin airport, so you should definitely use that one.

There is an Airport Shuttle that collects and drops off at the Red Cow Luas Stop; a short walk from the Red Cow Moran Hotel and takes 20 minutes to get to Dublin Airport. The shuttle operated by Dublin Coach and is running a 24h service. Tickets are available for purchase from the driver or can be booked online and are €5 single or €10 return.

For more information, visit the Dublin Coach Airport Shuttle website.

Dublin Accommodation

The Red Cow Moran Hotel (01 4593650) are charging €79 per room to stay as part of the festival. Parking at the red cow hotel is €8 for guests overnight.

A number of other artists and models are travelling from from across Ireland and abroad for the festival, so if you are looking for some travel buddies please give us a shout and we’ll put you in touch with them.



Yes! You are welcome to come to the Red Cow Inn on Sunday Febreary 24th from 12 midday until close, including the show. Entry is €5.

There is no entry to the workshops on Friday and Saturday for anyone other than participants.

No. There is no nudity allowed at the festival.

Friday’s workshop: €120

Saturday’s Workshop: €120

Sunday’s Competition Entry: €40

Sunday General Entry €5

Yes. Everyone must be over 18.

If you would like to attend and you are under 18 please contact us beforehand to arrange permission.

Yes. There’s a full bar, restaurant, and cafe serving tea, coffee and pastries etc in the Red Cow Inn.

The Fringe Lab (Friday & Saturday) have tea and coffee making facilities.

You need an email address, otherwise how will I send you the pictures afterwards? If you insist, then I will have to charge you double. No I’m not joking. I have zero interest in having anyone show up with an ulterior motive, or using a fake name – and running a background check on your email address/Facebook profile is the easiest way to do this.


Of course! You don’t need any experience to attend the workshops or competition.

Everyone should bring their own materials.

The first time, you’ll no doubt bring the kitchen sink. Not a problem since we have loads of room.

Anything designed for use on the skin, so make up and face paint are good. Acrylic paint is very bad. Dublin Body Paint sell everything you need to start painting. Check out our shop HERE.

No problem. 90% of the people here use brush and sponge.

No problem. There are plenty of plugs around the room. You might want to bring an extension cord just in case though

Congratulations on finding that person to inspire you. Just let us know that you won’t be needing a model on the day.

As long as your email address is linked to a public profile of some kind to confirm your identity then we’re laughing.

Not a problem. Everyone will be asked for a gender preference for their and how strongly they feel about it. You can be matched up with a woman. Alternatively, why not get your husband to model for you?


Absolutely: Fill in this form here and we’ll be in touch.

Not at all! Do whatever you feel comfortable with. Seriously, don’t feel pressured into anything. Keep in mind though, no one is there to judge you. Anyone acting inappropriately will be asked to leave. And seriously, after the first few hours you won’t even notice the naked bodies, only the art and beauty.

No. You must be wearing pants.

We’d recommend a white or flesh coloured cotton thong/g-string. When you talk to the artist you’ll be paired up with before the event, lead with this discussion.

Sometimes. Some colours can stain. They mostly wash off, but I’m not going to lie – it’s not an exact science. I wouldn’t plan your wedding the following day or the photoshoot for your swimsuit calendar. The blues and blacks are pretty bad, but the glitter can be the worst. You may be sweating glitter for a few days.Or you may be fine.

Sometimes – it depends where you’re standing, and the time of year. The room has lots of heaters, which help a lot. At the last jam we had to turn the heating off because it was too warm. There can be some draughts if you’re near a door. I’d recommend wearing a woolly hat to keep the heat in and wearing thick socks. If you have a hot water bottle, you should bring that too.

You should maybe bring a robe for when you’re taking breaks.


I’d recommend you bring a camera. Camera phones don’t count. Other than that, bring whatever equipment you need. We don’t have many extension cords, so don’t forget to bring them.

We’ll be taking a group shot at 4pm, and you can take portraits before and after that, depending on who finishes early.

I have a camera phone, so I won’t insult you by pretending I know anything about photography.
What ever you want to use, you should bring. If you would like me to put you in touch with some of the other photographers to see what they’re bringing I can. The walls in the room are white, and there’s a few interesting spots around the room to take pics.

Yes there’s an area in the back corner where you can set up.

Yes. We would politely request that you credit us or the artist/model in question.