Artist Open Houses returns for 2023 with over 60 houses to explore across Brighton & Hove this festive season. From Hove and Portslade to Fiveways, Seven Dials to Rottingdean, stunning seaside neighborhoods will come alive with arts and crafts displayed in the homes of a vast range of artists and makers. This year’s festival takes place on weekends Sat 25 – Sun 26 Nov, Sat 2 – Sun 3 and Sat 9 – Sun 10 Dec, and is free entry.
Celebrating its 41st year, the focus of the winter festival is Christmas, with venues selling a range of artworks and handmade crafts as unique gifts. Many houses also offer a glass of something mulled, and a chance to meet the maker – perfect for a winter weekend. Houses are set on trails, so you can choose an area of town to explore, or simply look for your favourites on www.aoh.org.uk.
The Artists Open Houses 2023 Winter Festival offers a range of delights such as work by celebrated painters Clara Wilkinson and Faye Bridgwater, and makers including Kate Jenkins’ extraordinary crocheted food plates. Meanwhile, Judy Dwyer’s fabulous sewn creatures and Helen Twigge-Molecey’s beautiful mouth-blown glass Fungi sculptures. Christmas shopping-wise don’t miss 11 Welbeck open house for great textiles, jewellery and ceramics are not to be missed. Further highlights include Studio 27 which includes work by printmaker Hannah Forward, as well as Emma Carlow’s brilliant Mexican influenced clay whistles. For a different experience. Pink Door open house for a family show, including photography performance art and spoken word performed by AFLO. the poet.
When buying from AOH for Christmas you are safe in the knowledge that your money is going straight to the maker, and that you are supporting artists’ careers in the process. There is a fantastic choice of work to buy this Christmas, including ceramics, textiles, paintings, jewellery, original prints and many other artworks by both emerging and established artists.
Judy Stevens, AOH Director, said, “We are delighted to launch this winter’s festival with some well known houses returning for 2023, as well as a range of new venues to explore. This time of year in Brighton & Hove is always magical, as the cold weather arrives the open houses provide a great opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family in the warmth of artists’ homes. It’s a great way to discover new arts and crafts from Sussex makers and meet members of the local creative community. We hope you will join us to visit open houses in your neighbourhood, as well as those further afield, and support our fantastic range of artists and makers across the city and beyond.”
A new addition for 2023 will also be Hove Museum and Charity Outside In who will take part in Artist Open Houses for the first time.
Outside In (www.outsidein.org.uk) provides a platform for artists encountering significant barriers to the art world and its national open exhibition, which features 80 artworks on the theme of ‘humanity’, will be opening at Hove Museum of Creativity on Sat 25 Nov and will run until Sun 21 Jan. This represents the final leg of a national tour for Humanity, which initially opened at Sotheby’s Old Bond Street in January 2023 before touring to Project Ability in Glasgow. Sussex is the birthplace of Outside In and numerous local artists have work included in the show. Outside In artists have interpreted humanity from a wide variety of perspectives, both personal and global, and the work on show includes paintings and drawings, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film and performance pieces.
The AOH Christmas trail starts on 25 Nov with the full list of houses and dates at www.aoh.org.uk
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