Winter festival 2023: Weekends, 25 November-10 December
This winter the Artists Open Houses festival sees many familiar Open Houses returning for 2023, as well as an array of exciting new venues to explore. As the cold weather arrives the Open Houses provide a unique opportunity to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family in the warmth of artists’ homes, many offering Christmas delicacies and a glass of something mulled!
This year, artists and makers present a range of delights, including extraordinary crocheted food plates, fabulous sewn creatures, beautiful mouth-blown glass Fungi sculptures, brilliant Mexican influenced clay whistles, alongside great jewellery, ceramics, painting, photography and printmaking. For a different experience visit The Pink Door Open House for a family show, including spoken word performances. While Outside In’s exhibition Humanity, at Hove Museum, provides a platform for artists encountering significant barriers to the art world.
When buying from Open Houses 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. It’s a great way to discover new arts and crafts from Sussex makers and meet members of the local creative community. Visit Open Houses in your neighbourhood, as well as those further afield, and support this fantastic range of artists and makers across the city and region.
Simply look at the map online or in this guide and plan your route for a great day out exploring all areas of the city, from West Hove to Rottingdean and beyond.
Most Open Houses are open weekends from 11.00-17.00, but opening times may vary from venue to venue, to so it is best to check individual brochure listings. Some venues are also open on weekdays.
Registration for the AOH 2024 May festival opens in early January
For more info contact us at [email protected]
To take part as a guest artist, exhibiting your work in someone else’s open house, sign up to Artists Seeking Houses where host artists can invite you to show work with them.
We are delighted that Sarah Arnett will be the May 2024 brochure cover artist
Artists – are you an artist looking to exhibit your work in an Open House venue? Upload your details to be added to our online artist directory
Open Houses – use our online artist directory to find Guest Artists to exhibit in your Open House
For more info contact:[email protected]