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AOH 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 multiple studios or occupancies must take out a minimum of a double brochure listing. These venues will also be offered the opportunity of taking a special rate 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 multiple studios or occupancies must take out a minimum of a double brochure listing. These venues will also be offered the opportunity of taking a special rate 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):

  • 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.

  • Website listings options include: online Enhanced Artists listing facilities for you and your guest artists; venue, artist and media search

  • Dedicated trail maps and travel information

  • Year round social media campaign, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, blog

  • Professional PR campaign, offering extensive local and national media, press, TV and radio coverage

  • Cover and 8-page editorial in Latest Homes magazine

  • Joint PR campaign with Brighton Festival, HOUSE and Brighton Fringe – funded by VisitBrighton (equivalent value £8,000)

  • 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: www.aoh.org.uk/AOH-guide-2014

  • Regular newsletters sent to artists and visitors

  • Reciprocal advertising in publications such as Pallant House Gallery Magazine, Selvedge, Aesthetica

  • Best Open House Award

  • The AOH Open Exhibition, including: Artist of The Year  £300 prize; 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