Artists Open Houses Festival June 2021

AOH printed brochures will hit the streets from next Monday 17th May! Or you can pick one up from all Open Houses from the start of the festival, May Bank Holiday weekend, 29th May.

June 2021 AOH Festival weekends:
May 29,30,31 (Bank Holiday) | June 5&6 | 12&13 | 19&20 | 26&27  

Artists Open Houses is delighted to be welcoming visitors to our festival in its new June slot. Alongside Brighton Fringe, and following on from Brighton Festival, AOH is excited to be a part of the cultural renewal and recovery of our city. The AOH Festival will be offering visitors the first glimpse of brilliant new work from artists and makers emerging from the months of lockdown.

This year, many Open Houses are also offering art in the garden, so you can make the most of our move to a summer month viewing artwork outside in artists’ gardens. As well as visiting an array of inspiring artworks in Open Houses in the city, you can take a day out to the countryside, exploring our new Beyond Brighton trail, leading out along the coast to villages across the Downs. And don’t miss our wonderful student and emerging artists’ exhibitions, sited in central Brighton shops.

Alongside the regular AOH Festival, where artists welcome visitors into their homes, studios and gardens, we are offering a new Virtual Open Houses strand.  This includes online video tours round artists’ houses and studios, as well individual online galleries. In real or virtual settings, you can hear about the artists’ work, the processes of making and ideas behind it and buy work directly from the artists and makers.

The Artist Open Houses festival is a community event, encouraging participation from artists at all stages of their careers, from school and college students, through young emergent artists, to established and professional artists and makers. Many charities supporting artists with mental health issues, learning disabilities and older artists in residential care are taking part, reflecting their experiences of the last few months through their art.

More than ever this year it is important to support our local artists and makers who help to make Brighton and Hove the vibrant city that it is. Many AOH artists have made great use of the last few months, finding space to explore new ideas and ways of working. This festival offers the perfect opportunity to discover really exciting, inspiring and distinctive new work, as well as providing a great day out around the city and beyond.

All venues will be Covid safe, maintaining social distance guidelines, providing facemasks and hand sanitiser in accordance with government Covid-19 law.

AOH would like to thank Arts Council England and Brighton and Hove City Council for their valuable support over the last few months.


Although the main registration for the AOH June festival is now closed, you can still take part as an online only Open House.

Register for online only here

Read more about online only Open House listings here

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this special moment of creative and cultural recovery in our city’s history. In its new June slot, alongside Brighton Fringe, the Artists Open Houses will be a central plank of the cultural regeneration for our city. Following on from the May Brighton Festival, the AOH Festival will offer the first glimpse of brilliant new work from artists and makers emerging from the months of lockdown.

Online Only listings
In addition to regular Open House listings, this year we are also offering an Online Only listing option for artists not opening their houses this time due to the current situation. Online Only listings include video links and online galleries. To register as an Online Only Open House, please register via the registration link above.

The new additional online galleries and video links are also available free to all regular Open House listings.

Who can take part
Anyone living in the 01273 telephone area can take part in the Artists Open Houses (AOH) Festival as an Open House venue. Registration costs can be shared by all artists exhibiting in one venue, meaning that taking part in the festival can be affordable for everyone.

If you live outside the 01273 telephone area, you can still take part in AOH festivals by becoming a ‘guest artist’ exhibiting your work in someone else’s Open House. Take a look at the AOH Directory of artists who are looking for houses to show in.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, returning after a break, or are a professional and established artist, the Artists Open Houses is a great place to exhibit and be noticed.

“ Artists Open Houses connect artists and makers with an audience of art-lovers, buyers and industry professionals – and is also fun to take part in, exhibiting with your friends in your own home.”
Judy Stevens, Artists Open Houses Festival Director

For more information contact [email protected]

Support AOH

As for many organisations, the last few months have been a challenging time for AOH. Please help us to make sure we can continue with our work and go forward into a thriving future by making a donation, however small or large.

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On the Trail Video - Winter 2020

A look back at the AOH Winter 2020 Festival and some of the great Open Houses that took part.
Filmed by Idil Bozkurt 

Image: Milton House – Winner of Best Open House 2020 


ALTERED: Open call for submissions

Artists Open Houses: Exhibition Opportunity for emerging artists in Brighton & Hove

Celebrating emerging talent in the Brighton & Hove area, ALTERED, invites artists to share ways in which they have experimented, modified or adapted their practices in light of recent restrictions; maybe resulting in new ways of thinking and making work.

Deadline for submissions:  Monday 17th May

Image: Flower, Willow Ritchie, 2020

Find out more here



AOH 2021 brochure cover artist Becky Blair, prepares to open her house…
Read more and all the latest news and interviews in our blog

Photo credit: Emma Lee


Sponsor and Advertise with us!

Would you like to promote your business? Find out about our advertising rates or how to be a sponsor of the Artists Open Houses festival.

For more info contact: [email protected]


Artists Seeking Houses

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


Take part as an Online Only

Register as an online only Open House 
Although the main registration for the AOH June festival is now closed, you can still take part as an online only Open House.

Register for online only here

Read more about online only Open House listings here
For more information contact [email protected]


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