AOH 2024 May Festival

Weekends, 4th – 27th May

See Open Houses

There is more than ever to discover in the Artists Open Houses festival this year – with over 180 venues taking part across the city of Brighton and Hove, out to Ditchling, Hurstpierpoint Ovingdean and along the coast from Newhaven to Portslade. The month of May brings you the opportunity to meet artists and makers in their homes and studios, discuss their work, how it is made, as well as the artists’ motivating ideas and inspiration.  Many venues offer workshops to learn new skills and explore your creativity in myriad new ways.

The Artists Open Houses festival is inclusive, encompassing artists of all ages and abilities, from those just starting out on their careers to established artists and makers. School and university students, neurodivergent artists, those with learning disabilities and mental health issues, residents of senior homes, all our welcomed and encouraged to take part.

Look out for highlights this year, including on-the-spot dog portraits and a specially composed canine polyphonic dog sound mash-up! Check out both the Wandering and Portable Open Houses at various locations around town. In Hanningtons Lane, learning disabled and neurodivergent artists from the Figment Arts Studio present an opportunity to discover local folklore, fairy tales and legends, inviting you to take part in their collaborative paintings. And don’t miss The Little Picture Place, where you can find this year’s brochure cover artist, Sarah Arnett, with her exotic wallpaper designs and Sunday salons.

With many houses offering tea and cake, often in sunny gardens, alongside the art, a visit to the Artists Open Houses is the perfect way to spend a May weekend. Explore the city, travel out to the countryside, meet the artists and buy new artworks for your home – the Artists Open Houses offer a host of inspirational experiences, art and fun!


For more information contact [email protected]

Open House of the Year - shortlist announced!

Latest TV sponsors the AOH Open House of the Year Award

Take a look at the shortlisted Open Houses selected by public vote for this year’s Open House of the Year Award

See shortlisted houses


AOH May 2024 Awards shortlists

Take a look at the shortlists for the AOH 2024 Awards


AOH 2024 Award winners announced!

Have a look at the winners of the AOH 2024 Awards 


Photo: William Raneiri



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 Fundraiser 2024

Sussex Nightstop offers safety and security to young people facing homelessness while they find a new home. For our May Festival, please join us in supporting them by donating or buying affordable art gifted by our generous artists. More info at


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