Artists Open Houses Winter Festival 2021
Weekends from November 27
Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses Winter Festival 2021 will run over weekends from November 27 to December 12, 2021.
During this time, hundreds of artists and makers across the city will be opening their houses and studio spaces to the public, offering the rare opportunity to buy direct from the artists in their own homes.
There is a hugely diverse selection of artwork, ceramics, homewares, crafts, jewellery, children’s toys, Christmas cards and foodie gifts on offer. Many of the houses also offer festive food and drinks to ease you into your Christmas shopping! The Christmas Artists Open Houses festival provides a fantastic opportunity to shop away from the High Street and buy unique Christmas gifts in an inspiring environment.
Some of the highlights of the 2021 Winter festival include: awarding winning fine artist Faye Bridgwater, fresh from exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery; the chance to have a portrait session at the Photographers Greenhouse with former Elle magazine fashion and lifestyle photographer Charlotte MacPherson and the opportunity to step into a Nordic Christmas experience at The Northern Lights house.
The Artists Open Houses festival takes place twice a year. The May festival is now the largest event of its kind in the UK. Over 1000 artists and makers exhibiting their work in homes and studios throughout the city during this year’s June festival – providing a unique snapshot into the world of the city’s artists.
The festival will take place in Brighton, Hove, Rottingdean and the South Downs village of Ditchling.
The Artists Open Houses Winter Festival 2021 will run over:
November 27 & 28
December 4 & 5
December 11 & 12
Some of the highlights include.
This show will take place in “The Studio Upstairs”, a spacious and inviting working artist’s studio in a Victorian warehouse by the magnificent St. Bartholomew’s church. Artists include Rhoda Baker who graduated from The Royal College of Art with an MA in Textiles. You can expect an eclectic show of 4 artists/makers working in mixed media. Pots, paperwork, collage and textiles all presented in a highly original way, quirky, unique, vibrant and imaginative. 51 Providence Place, BN1 4GE.
Debbie Lawrence’s work is of colour, texture, nature & sun-drenched holidays. No 39 will featuring the work of three of Brighton’s finest artists: Sophie Abbott, Sophie Wake and Debbie Lawrence, each with their own recognisable style. There will also be gorgeous candles by the Seven Seventeen.
39 Upper Gardner Street, BN1 4AN.
A Nordic style home near Seven Dials which is the perfect place to embrace the festive season with art, Christmas gifts and Scandinavian baked treats. Items will include textiles, prints & cards by Scofinn, jewellery by Annabet Wyndham & stunning luxury knitwear by Jo Cranston.
29 Lancaster Road, BN1 5DG.
Winner of both Best Open House and Artist of the Year 2021, Faye is multi award-winning international artist who creates colorful, expressive and joyous paintings. They capture the exhilarating and spontaneous energy she experiences in her studio. After her exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery this autumn, Faye’s home and studio are open for one weekend in November, the 26-28th.
10 Dawson Terrace, BN2 OEL.
Wonderful portrait studio sessions with Charlotte Macpherson, making dramatic and beautiful portraits for a memorable Christmas card or a lasting framed portrait. Charlotte will be joined by Huntress & Forager who have a green and gorgeous array of growing gifts with an installation of plants, wreaths, decorations, botanical gifts, planters and foraged foods. Plus, handmade green and sustainable gifts that won’t cost the earth, including textiles, knits, prints, cards and more. 24 East Drive, BN2 OBQ.
Metropolis Contemporary presents Trouble Makers, an exhibition which gathers local and international artists to trigger a dialogue between cultures. Every artist shows a personal poetic technique that will make the viewers reflect on specific aspects of life. Part of the income will be donated to The Hummingbird Project. Artist’s featured include Jack Hardy & Enzo Marra. 170 Edward Street, BN2 0JB.
A unique open house celebrating wildlife, portraying nature in art & supporting conservation. A Christmas exhibition to enjoy the beauty of endangered nature and to have the opportunity of contributing to its conservation, contributing to worldwide charities. International artists Sophie Green, Jack Durling, Xi Zhinong and many more with artworks that include ceramics, paintings, photographs and mixed media. 4 Eastern Terrace, BN2 1DJ.
Award winning independent gallery showing a changing programme of exhibitions throughout the year, The 2021 winter festival show is one of their biggest of the year with a fantastic range of paintings, prints, sculpture, jewellery and ceramics. 1 Victoria Grove, BN3 2LJ.
Albert Mews are ready for Christmas with a wonderful wealth of great gifts and perfect presents for all pockets and tastes, including lighting, candles, jewellery, homeware, pickles & chutneys along with a whole array of traditional Christmas gifts. 11 Albert Mews, BN3 2PP.
Brighton born and established fine artist Dion Salvador Lloyd will be exhibiting for the first time a collection of newly framed paintings from his archive, alongside new and recent contemporary abstract sea and landscape paintings and works on paper. 18 Goldstone Villa’s, BN3 3RQ.
Visit the beautiful St Anne’s Well park for their first Christmas Market. It promises to be an eclectic mix of local artists all under one roof. Original artworks, limited edition prints, textiles, ceramics and handmade gifts among other offerings, with decorations and music to get you in the Xmas mood. Somerhill Road, BN3 1RP.
07729 469220 (mobile)
About Artist Open Houses
Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses, the originator of the Open House movement, date back to 1981 when an artist from the Fiveways area of Brighton, Ned Hoskins, opened his house to the public to view his work and that of a group of friends. Other artists in the area followed suit to form the Fiveways Artists Group. In a city full of creatives, the idea proved popular and soon Artists Open Houses sprung up all over the city.
The Artists Open Houses festival is now the largest event of its kind in the UK. Around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city open their doors for the main festival in May and around 50 open during the Christmas festival. Over 1,000 artists and makers share their work and homes each year.