AOH 2023 Winter Festival

Winter festival 2023:  Weekends, 25 November-10 December

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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.


Opening times:
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.

Register for the AOH 2024 May Festival

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.


AOH May 2024 brochure cover artist

We are delighted that Sarah Arnett will be the May 2024 brochure cover artist



AOH Award winners announced!

Have a look at the winners of the AOH 2023 Awards 

Take a look at all the brilliant Open Houses and artists nominated for our Awards shortlists

Figment Arts artists. Photo: Syl Ojalla


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]


AOH and Sussex Nightstop Campaign

Sussex Nightstop volunteers have provided over 3,800 safe bed nights to 475 vulnerable young people. Artists Open Houses is supporting their fundraising campaign this winter. You can donate at Open Houses directly, or via Sussex Nightstop’s Local Giving Page


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