This May sees over 1,500 artists and makers exhibiting their work in artists’ homes and studios – providing a snapshot into the world of the city’s artists.
The Artist Open Houses offer festival–goers the chance to meet the artists and to view locally made, seriously good arts and crafts. The festival is also an inclusive, community event, embracing artists of all ages, at all stages of their careers, including recent graduates and school and college students. AOH welcomes artists from all areas of the community, especially those who may otherwise be excluded from the mainstream art world and who may have experienced periods of homelessness, are in recovery, have learning disabilities or metal health issues.
Visiting Open Houses offers the chance to chat to the artists and to buy work directly from them. The hugely diverse range of artwork on show includes paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, installation and performance, as well ceramics, textiles, jewellery and work in many other media.
Plan your visit around the 14 individual trails listed in the AOH brochure, or take your pick from the wealth of venues on offer. The Open Houses stretch from Portslade to Kemptown and out to Rottingdean, Newhaven and the South Downs village of Ditchling.
Entry to the houses is free and many Open Houses also offer the opportunity to get involved, providing workshops and events for both adults and children. With homemade tea and cake on offer too, the Artists Open Houses are a very special weekend treat.
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