AOH May 2022 festival
Weekends: 7th -29th May

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Artists Open Houses is 40 years old this year! Alongside an exceptionally brilliant range of artists’ houses and studios, this May’s festival is a celebration of forty years of Brighton and Hove’s Open Houses movement. It is also a commemoration of its founder Ned Hoskins who, in 1982, created a movement enabling access to art for everyone, by simply opening his Fiveways’ front door and inviting the public inside to view his work. Open House trails now happen all over the country and beyond, but it all began here with one man deciding to remove the invisible barriers that kept people out of art galleries by inviting them in to view art in a domestic setting.

The Artists Open Houses has evolved to be not only the original, but the largest, most respected event of its kind, now encompassing the entire city, reaching out to the surrounding countryside.

For the 40th Anniversary, a series of special exhibitions connect through the theme Towards the Light, taken from a title of one of Ned’s paintings and reflecting his concerns with nature and the natural world.  Exhibitions include work of students, emerging artists, neuro-diverse and learning-disabled artists, established AOH artists and some of the earliest members of the Fiveways Artists’ Group; work is shown at Brunswick Square’s Regency Town House and Basement and at Devils Dyke Farm. Accompanying the exhibitions an oral-history film explores the history and legacy of the Artists Open Houses movement.

Over the forty years, Artists Open Houses has become a major arts event that embraces the entire community, encompassing all generations, from school students to residents of a seniors’ centre; from artists just starting out on their careers, to those with national reputations.  Visiting artists in their homes and studios, viewing amazing art, meeting the artists and makers, hearing about how the work is made and what inspires its makers, is always a great day out. Many Open Houses offer tea and cake in artists’ gardens. Explore the city and travel out to surrounding villages, meeting the artists, buying new artworks for your home; the Artists Open Houses offer illumination, inspiration and fun!


Although main registration for the AOH May 2022 40th Anniversary AOH festival is now closed you can still take part as a Virtual Open House
Find out more
Deadline for registration Friday 6th April

“ 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 info contact us at [email protected]

Installation shot of paintings in the Regency Townhouse

Early Doors

Stories from early Fiveway’s Group artists tell how Artists Open Houses all began

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AOH 40th Anniversary exhibitions

For AOH’s May 2022 40th Anniversary, a series of special exhibitions connect through the theme Towards the Light.
Visit these exhibitions at the Regency Town House and Basement in  Brunswick Square, Hove and at Devils Dyke farm.




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


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]


Become the 2023 AOH brochure cover artist

Could you be next year’s AOH brochure cover artist?
It’s the final week to submit work samples for the 2023 Brochure Cover Artist competition.

Deadline Sunday 29th May 

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Ned Hoskins - Founder of the Open Houses

When Ned Hoskins returned to Brighton, following a year spent living and working in California, he was struck by the lack of opportunities for visual artists to exhibit their work in the city. His solution was to turn his home into a gallery and open it to the public during Brighton Festival.

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Photo credit: Syl Ojalla – Atelier 51


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