The largest event of its kind in the UK, Brighton’s Artists Open Houses festival (AOH) takes place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends of May, starting Sat 6 May. Over 1,500 artists and makers participate, exhibiting at around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city and bringing in over 200,000 visitors to this free event.
AOH helps artists connect with audiences in self-curated, non-traditional art spaces. This often means visiting artists’ own homes, offering festival-goers an exclusive snapshot of how artists live in this vibrant and creative city. It also offers the chance to buy artwork directly from the artists and makers themselves, from original paintings, prints, graffiti arts, ceramics and textiles to photography, sculpture, crafts, jewellery and more. “Brighton & Hove is an incredibly creative city with a wealth of talent,” says Judy Stevens, Artists Open Houses Festival Director. “The festival is a fantastic platform for artists and makers, and it’s a testament to its success that so many artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers choose to take part.”
Now celebrating his 17th Open House show, Dion Salvador Lloyd (above) is again opening his studio on Hove’s Goldstone Villas to the public. He’ll be exhibiting new contemporary landscape oil paintings alongside new limited edition prints. Recently, he’s enjoyed his work being selected and hung at both The ING Discerning Eye 2016 and The Royal West of England Academy (RWA) 2016. Visitors will be able to see how Dion surrounds himself with sensory inspiration, nature, collected and found objects and hear the music that inspires his work.
Festival highlights include AOH 2017 Brochure cover artist Penelope Kenny’s A Curious Taxonomy collection, exploring the relationship between humans and other animals, creating hybrids of fascinating new creatures. Penelope creates limited edition textiles, fine art screen prints, wallpapers and books using hand-made inks made from pure pigments and metallic glazes. Colour Laine, a hidden North Laine gem, will be opening for their 5th year of participating in AOH. They’ll be showcasing Zoe Murphy‘s screen-printed furniture and textiles from Margate & Mexico (Liberty of London, Kirstie’s Vintage Home) and Toby ‘fotobes’ Mason‘s Lomographic film photography. The Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS) will exhibit the provocative installation The New Union Flag by Gil Mualem Doron (above), which reflects on England’s colonial past and Britain’s present multicultural society. Also being exhibited are The Migrant English Project’s members’ collages on ceramics, and Louise Purbrick and Elaine Ortiz’ project !Make it Happen!: Homes for Refugees.
Artists Open Houses festival comes to venues across Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas on weekends between Sat 6 – Mon 29 May.