Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses Festival – some suggestions for where to visit

Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses Festival
Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses Festival

Spokesperson Esme Lynch said: “Throughout the month of May (weekends only) thousands of artists will open their homes and studios across the city and beyond to exhibit a dizzying array of paintings, photographs, ceramics, crafts and more and a Festival to give goers an exclusive snapshot of how artists live and work.

“As well as an extraordinarily brilliant selection of artist houses and studios, this year’s festival is a celebration of 40 years of Brighton and Hove’s open house movement. It’s also a commemoration of its founder, Ned Hoskins, who forty years ago created a movement to make art accessible to everyone, simply by opening his Fiveways front door and inviting the public to view his work. Open houses are now held across the country and beyond, but it all started here with a man who decided to break down the invisible barriers keeping people from art galleries and invited them to see art in a home environment.

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“The Artists Open Houses has grown not only to be the original, but also the largest and most prestigious event of its kind, now spanning the entire city and reaching into the surrounding countryside.

“For the 40th anniversary, a series of special exhibitions are linked by the theme Towards the Light, which is taken from a title of one of Ned’s paintings and reflects his preoccupation with nature and the natural world.

“Exhibits include work from students, emerging artists, neurodiverse and learning disabled artists, established AOH artists and some of the earliest members of the Fiveways Artists’ Group; Works are shown at Regency Town House and Basement in Brunswick Square, Devils Dyke Farm and The Old Market. Accompanying the exhibitions, an oral history film explores the history and legacy of the Artists Open Houses movement.

“Over its forty years, Artists Open Houses has grown into a major arts event that encompasses the entire community and spans all generations, from high school students to senior center residents, from artists just beginning their careers to artists of national renown . Visiting artists in their homes and studios, seeing amazing art, meeting the artists and makers, hearing how the work is made and what inspires their makers is always a great day. Many open houses offer tea and cakes in artists’ gardens. Explore the city and travel to the surrounding villages, meet the artists and buy new works of art for your home. the Artists Open Houses offer enlightenment, inspiration and fun!”

· Artist Open Houses 22 Brochure Cover Artist Show: Gary [email protected] old market

Gary Goodman is a painter and poet who works in a shed at the end of his garden. Gary has exhibited his paintings and prints and performed his poetry around the world: from the frozen expanses of Norway and Alaska down to the warmth of New Zealand and the southern United States.

Gary teaches at various colleges and universities and runs workshops in drawing, painting and printmaking. He likes animals and thunderstorms and many other things and often produces his best work when he’s bored.

There is a strength and rawness to Gary’s work; his imagery is resoundingly direct, undisturbed by artistic confidence and politeness; uncultivated, naughty and yet sensitive. His art is about another world born from this world. A world you might not want to look at because it seems wintry, cold and sad forever. But there is an unbearable attraction, a familiarity and a longing.

Gary will also be exhibiting his prints and paintings at Art at 21 on the Seven Dials Trail.

Waterloo Room, The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS. Check the opening times on the website

· Figment Arts Studio Artists: An open house festival exhibition for artists at the new pop-up venue, Devils Dyke Farm

As part of AOH’s 40th anniversary exhibitions, the artists at Figment Arts Studio respond to the theme Towards the Light, a title taken from a painting by Ned Hoskins, founder of the Open Houses movement. Using a variety of media, the exhibition includes poetry, illustration, photography, performance art, and screen-based works.

Figment Arts Studio is a group of autistic, learning disabled and neurodiverse artists. They collaborated remotely in 2020 for an Artist Open Houses exhibition at SOLD’s shop window in Shoreham-by-Sea. This new chapter of the studio project brings the group together in person, working from their new space at Lawrence’s Art Studio in Hove.

Exhibiting Artists: Sarah Watson, Ryan Medlock, William Hanekom, Eleana Button, Debbie Caulfield, Richard Channer.

Devils Dyke Farm, Devils Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YL

Weekends 7th-29th May 11.00-17.00

· Towards the Light: an exhibition of works by current AOH artists

The theme of this exhibition Towards the Light is taken from the title of a painting by Ned Hoskins. The exhibition called for contributions on the subject from all artists participating in this year’s Artists Open Houses Festival.

Ned was clearly inspired by the environment and sought out nature and places to hike whenever possible; from his early days at art school in Harrogate painting the Yorkshire Moors to his time in California, Europe and locally where his work was often inspired by the South Downs. As we all look to brighter moments following recent restrictions, Ned’s work, actions and legacies provide a great opportunity to remember the importance of taking risks, making art and collaborating with your community.

Above @ The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH

May 7th – 29th, Friday 2pm – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm

· AOH 40th Anniversary Exhibition featuring work by students from the University of Brighton. towards the light

Located in the basement of Regency Town House, the exhibition features artworks by four current students on the University of Brighton’s Fine Art course. The artists employ a variety of artistic practices when dealing with contemporary themes of relationships, migration, worker value and identity considerations.

Artists are Sara Paowana, Melanie Woodward, Finn Gayton and Megan Ryan.

The basement of the Regency Town House, the housekeepers’ room and the servants’ hall

Braunschweiger Platz 10, Hove, BN3 1EH

May 7th – 29th: Friday 2pm – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm

· Exhibition of early Fiveways artists and oral history film

In the early 1980s, Brighton was, and still is, home to an amazing community of visual artists. Some of these artists had opened their studios to the public as part of the Open Studios movement of the 1970s, but none had opened their homes before. It was a rebellious and democratic move. Not all artists had studios, but all had homes. For artists, it took control of their own curation, sold their own work, and provided an opportunity to exhibit work in a city with few such opportunities. It was a reaction against the perception of “high culture”, parachuting into the city with little heed to the quieter, perhaps more personal and equally interesting work that was happening in the city.

In 1982 Ned Hoskins opened his house for the first time; The following year he was joined by two or three other artists living in nearby houses. The Fiveways Group soon formed.

This exhibition features the work of some of these early open house pioneers, all of whom lived in the Fiveways area of ​​Brighton; a very different area than today. The accompanying oral history film tells of these artists, why they invited the public into their homes, what they learned and experienced; how their practices as artists were changing through a more direct dialogue with their audience. What an important place Artists Open Houses have played in their lives.

The concept of Artists Open Houses has been described as a gallery without walls. These artists tell us what it was like to live behind those open front doors in the early days.

Below @ The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH

7 to 29 May, Fridays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m

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