The 2016 Christmas AOH Festival runs for three weekends, starting Saturday November 26th, and running until Sunday 11th December.
Visiting the Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival is a great way to take the strain out of Christmas shopping and this Christmas the AOH Festival is bigger and better than ever. Spreading to the furthest reaches of Brighton and Hove and out to the South Downs village of Ditchling, a visit to the Artists Open Houses is the perfect way to kick off the festive season.
Throughout the city, artists open up their homes and studios welcoming you inside. The wealth of established and professional artists and makers, as well as new and emerging artists, offers the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique and original Christmas gift for friends, family – or for yourself! This year brings work from some of the country’s top makers in the fields of ceramics, jewellery, print-making and home-wares, as well as handcrafted Christmas cards, wreaths, tree decorations and foodie gifts.
Taking a break from the High Street, you can shop in warmth and comfort, sip a glass of mulled wine and try a mince pie, beside a blazing hearth. Christmas Artists Open Houses create a special atmosphere, where you can chat to the artists and have a sneaky peak around some of Brighton’s most interesting homes, whilst viewing an amazing selection of individual, unique arts and crafts.
Venue Opening times
Be sure to check opening times of all Open Houses in their individual listings. Although the most popular opening times are between 11am and 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays, some venues’ opening times and days may differ.
Paying for Purchases
Some Open Houses are now able to take card payments – but remember to check out online or in your AOH brochure for payment symbols in each venue listing – and take a cheque book and /or cash to be on the safe side!
The majority of houses are ordinary homes and may not have disabled access. Please check with venues individual brochure listings, and take a look at our ‘disabled access’ website section.
Twice a year artists and makers open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artist. With a focus on quality and value for money, the Artists Open Houses festival aims to bring a dynamic mix of arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, providing visitors and viewers with engaging and inspiring experiences.
Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The Artists Open Houses festival is free for visitors and open to everyone.
The twice yearly festival runs during the Brighton Festival in May and in the run up to Christmas in December.