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Are you an artist looking for a venue in which to exhibit your work? Upload your details here to be added to our directory: Showcase Your Work
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Guide to Opening Your House

Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t find what you are looking for? Then have a look at our FAQs for answers to some common questions.  FAQ’s

AOH Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions

Key AOH terms and conditions

1 The Artists Open Houses (AOH) festival is open to all artists living within the Brighton and Hove telephone code area. (It is accepted that many Open Houses also display work of guest artists from outside the area).

2. Artists Open Houses reserves the right to review submitted listings and change details which do not comply with the AOH house style, or which are felt to be untrue or offensive. Composite images – where a single image is made up of several smaller ones – will not be accepted.

3. The Artists Open Houses purpose is to promote practicing artists displaying/selling their own work. Commercial premises are welcome to take part in the Artists Open Houses, but the images and words used in AOH listings must be relevant solely to the exhibition of artists work that they are hosting. Listings must not be used to promote a business or other unrelated business activities, but if a commercial premises would also like to promote their business they can, in addition, take out an advert in the AOH brochure (contact:advertising@aoh.org.uk)

4. It is a condition of taking part in AOH festivals that all Open Houses must take out public liability insurance. We recommend AN AIR: www.a-n.co.uk/about/insurance. AOH will take no responsibility for injury to members of the public when visiting Open Houses.

5. Venues with 2-3 studios (or occupancies) must take out a minimum of a double brochure listing. Venues with more than three studios (or occupancies) must take a full-page brochure listing.

Full AOH Terms & Conditions of registering

All Open House venues are required to agree to the AOH Terms and Conditions when registering for the AOH festival.

The Artists Open Houses (AOH) festival is open to all artists living within the Brighton and Hove telephone code area. (It is accepted that many Open Houses also display work of guest artists from outside the area).

Artists Open Houses reserves the right to review submitted listings and change details which do not comply with the AOH house style, or which are felt to be untrue or offensive. Composite images – where a single image is made up of several smaller ones – will not be accepted.

The Artists Open Houses purpose is to promote practicing artists displaying/selling their own work. Commercial premises are welcome to take part in the Artists Open Houses, but the images and words used in AOH listings must be relevant solely to the exhibition of artists work that they are hosting. Listings must not be used to promote a business or other unrelated business activities, but if a commercial premises would also like to promote their business they can, in addition, take out an advert in the AOH brochure (contact:advertising@aoh.org.uk)

It is a condition of taking part in AOH festivals that all Open Houses must take out public liability insurance. We recommend AN AIR: www.a-n.co.uk/about/insurance. AOH will take no responsibility for injury to members of the public when visiting Open Houses.

Venues with 2-3 studios (or occupancies) must take out a minimum of a double brochure listing. Venues with more than three studios (or occupancies) must take a full-page brochure listing.

Artists Open Houses (AOH) purpose is to coordinate and promote art and artists taking part in the Artists Open Houses festivals. This includes the annual May Festival coinciding with the Brighton Festival, and a smaller seasonal Festival in the lead up to Christmas.

All listings fees are paid per venue – there is no limit to the number of artists exhibiting in one venue, nor are any other obligatory extra fees charged. (It is recommended that venues share listing fees between all their exhibting artists.
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All Open Houses venues must undertake to correct any errors on their listings brochure proof and upload the corrected proof by the date specified. Artists Open Houses cannot accept responsibility for any errors not clearly marked-up and returned on the proof.

AOH reserves the right to refund payment and withdraw any entry that does not, after due consultation and consideration, comply with our Terms and Conditions of registration. Racist, homophobic, sexist, ageist or language abusive to people with learning or other disabilities will not be accepted and the right to register with AOH will be withdrawn.

The Artists Open Houses festival covers the first four full weekends of May only. While Open House venues may list other opening dates as part of their brochure listing, including bank holidays, these dates do not constitute part of the official AOH festival dates.

The May Festival includes a number of geographic ‘trails’. These trails are organised independently of AOH and fees set and charged by a trail are for the sole benefit of that trail and are neither charged by nor paid to AOH. It is not obligatory to join a trail and where no appropriate trail exists, or a venue chooses not to join a local trail, houses will be listed online and in the AOH brochure as Independent venues. All Open Houses may  choose to open as an Independent venue, irrespective of location.

In coordinating and promoting the festivals, AOH will regularly consult with and seek the views of participating Open Houses, via discussion and consultative groups and online surveys, ensuring it is, and remains, responsive to venues needs. However, in coming to decisions regarding the type and extent of services provided, and the nature of the direction and future development of the festivals, decisions reached by the AOH directors will be contingent on the needs and interests of the festival as a whole, rather than the interests of any particular group.

Discussion groups will provide a forum for discussion of issues affecting the organization and promotion of the festivals. Attendees will be invited and informed of the meeting time and place well in advance. 
The meeting agenda will be circulated to attendees before each meeting. Attendees may be invited to submit agenda items for discussion, although AOH reserves the right to determine the overall content of the meeting agenda. Discussions and recommendations arising from meetings are advisory only and are not binding on AOH in any way.

AOH will provide Open Houses with regular feedback and information regarding the provision of services, fees and other changes, including any decisions taken by the directors, via discussion group meetings, regular newsletters, reports and email communication.

To meet its objectives, AOH intends to, but is not limited to, provide the following services. (AOH reserves the right to change these services from year to year):

By registering as an AOH venue you will benefit from the following:

  • Your venue listed in the AOH printed brochure (print run 50,000), distributed throughout Brighton Sussex, SE region and London
  • Your venue listed in the AOH printed leaflet map (print run 50,000), distributed throughout Brighton Sussex, SE region and London
  • Your venue listed in the AOH website: AOH May 14 festival saw over 100,000 unique visitors in the run up to and during the festival period.
    • Artists Listing facilities for you and your guest artists
    • Venue, artist and media searchWebsite listings options include:Dedicated trail maps and travel information
  • Year round social media campaign, including: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blog
  • PR campaign, offering extensive local and national media, press, TV and radio coverage
  • Cover and 8-page editorial in Latest Homes magazine
  • Joint Festivals pop-up visitor information desk at Brighton station (AOH, Brighton Festival, HOUSE, Brighton Fringe)
  • Reciprocal marketing with partners e.g Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, Brighton Art Fair
  • Personal support and advice offered to all venues
  • Online Guide to Opening your House
  • Regular newsletters and information sent to artists and visitors
  • Reciprocal advertising in publications such as: Pallant House Gallery Magazine, Selvedge, Aesthetica
  • Best Open House Award
  • The AOH Brochure Cover Artist Award
  • AOH launch party
  • Invitations to attend discussion groups and take part in online feedback surveys
  • The opportunity to join a local art trail

Benefits of Taking Part

How to Register

Missed out on registering for Christmas? Don’t worry – you can simply register for the next Artists Open Houses festival which takes place in May 2017. Registration for the 2017 May Artists Open Houses Festival opens online in mid December. For information, contact: info@aoh.org.uk

If you want to make sure you don’t miss registration then be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook for reminders nearer registration time! Alternatively sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date on all of the Artists Open Houses news.

Benefits of Registering

Registering your venue as part of the Artists Open Houses festival brings you the following benefits:-

  • An experienced organisational structure, with extensive links to similar organisations and external consultants
  • A complete professional brochure and leaflet/map distribution service, citywide, London and throughout the south east
  • Your listing featured in 50,00 brochures, 60,000 leaflet/maps
  • A further 30,000 brochure copies printed as a pullout section in The Latest Homes magazine
  • Your listing featured in the online listings section of the AOH website
  • Dedicated trail maps and travel info
  • Online registration process for venues to upload their listings
  • Regularly updated website – with social media including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and Pinterest 
  • Full web support
  • AOH advice manual – a guide for new open houses
  • AOH i-Phone App
  • Professional marketing campaign
  • Regular e-newsletters emailed out to artists and visitors
  • PR providing extensive local and national press and TV publicity and coverage (comparative worth: £32,000 advertising, £96,000 editorial)
  • Joint PR and marketing campaign with Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe – funded by VisitBrighton (£8,000)
  • Cover and editorial pages in Latest Homes magazine
  • Reciprocal ads in publications such as Pallant House Gallery Magazine, SelvedgeAesthetica
  • The Latest film offer
  • The Latest Best Open House Award
  • Annual AOH launch party
  • Invitations to attend feedback focus groups and take part in online surveys
  • The opportunity to join a local art trail
  • Marketing via Visit Brighton website
  • Working partnership with the Brighton Festival and Fringe

By registering your venue with AOH you can enjoy all these benefits.

Advice From Other Artists

Advice from other Artists

Hundreds of artists have exhibited at Artists Open Houses. The festival offers an unparallelled opportunity for artists and makers to open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the opportunity to browse and buy original artwork direct.

We have gathered advice from some of the artists who have already participated to help you get the best from your open house.

If you would like to share some advice, drop us a line at info@aoh.org.uk

 -> “Each time we open, the way we run it and the artists we show evolves and never fails to surprise me.”

Emma Troy of Polish & Pin talks about the evolution of an Open House and how to make it work with family life. 

 ->”As well as exhibiting your art work Artists Open Houses is your chance to offer more than just an exhibition. “

Elizabeth Anne Norris shares her advice

 ->”I like to work with words. My ideas usually come from poetry or books.”

Jonny Hannah talks about his work and his experience at AOH

 ->”Almost as soon as one festival finishes we start planning the next one.”

How to sell like a pro – advice from AOH participants

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Disabled Access Advice

Disabled Access Tips

Disabled access tips

Tips and advice on how to make your venue more accessible to all of your visitors.

What is an Accessible Event?
An accessible event is when participants with disabilities are also able to take part in all activities and are able to get results from being present.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), has now given disabled people equal rights to attend, to participate in and to enjoy events. Reasonable adjustments to the service (in this case the event), should be made to make it accessible for disabled people.

As most Open Houses are private homes, some of the guidelines below may not directly apply to your venue, but by reading the suggestions you will gain some ideas of how to make your Open House more welcoming to disabled visitors.

Problems encountered by disabled and elderly people at a non-accessible event
Blind and partially sighted people often have problems with finding their way around a venue. Physical barriers, confusing layout of buildings and outdoor areas, combined with disturbing noises and other sensual impressions may yield uncertainty and difficulty in moving about independently. Access for blind and partially sighted participants is not only about physical access to buildings but also includes access to written information.
The problem for hearing impaired participants is often the poor acoustics of the venue and additional noise such as the scraping of chairs. Also, poor lighting can affect the ability of lip reading.
Participants with physical disabilities often have a problem with the physical surroundings having barriers, therefore making it difficult to move about the venue.
The problem for participants with learning and cognitive disabilities is often with understanding the many forms of information – verbal, written and graphical – available at an event.

Recommendations
The following are key features that are common to most events:

  • Clear circulation spaces and accessible areas for events:
  • Corridors and reception areas should be obstacle free. If there are any obstacles these should be clearly highlighted, and corridors and doorways must be wide enough for wheelchair user
  • All event rooms on one floor, or ramps and/or lifts available for the numbers of people to move between rooms within the time available.
  • There should be enough room to allow for movement around tables and chairs.
  • A range of moveable seating, with and without arms/cushions/high backs, adjustable seat heights and tables which are accessible to wheelchair users. These should be arranged to allow sufficient space for wheelchair users and others to move around easily and to sit where they choose.

At the Event
Be welcoming and assist people if needed.
Clear simple signs will help people get to the event rooms.
Let people know about housekeeping at the beginning of the event. Tell people where the toilets, fire exits etc are.
Remind venue staff to look out for things going wrong ie. bags on the floor etc.
Some people will need individual help ie. do not just point to exits, give a description of how to reach them.

Photographs
If photographs are to be taken or participants videoed during the event, people must be asked at the beginning if they mind. Explanation given of what the photographs will be used for. Some participants may be sensitive to flash photography.
Introduce organisers so that people know who to ask for if they need help.
When dimming the lights for a presentation, make sure people can still see their supporter.

Timelines for May 2017

See below our timelines for May 2017 festival