Artists Open Houses: Exhibition Opportunity for emerging artists in Brighton & Hove

Towards the Light 


AOH founder: Ned Hoskins

As part of the Artists Open Houses (AOH) 40th Anniversary celebrations, we are inviting submissions from artists setting out on their creative practices for consideration in an exhibition, Towards the Light, to be hosted at the Regency Town House Basement, at No.10 Brunswick Square, Hove. The exhibition will run May 7th-29th 2022, coinciding with the AOH May Brighton festival.

The exhibition theme is taken from the title of a painting by the founder of Brighton’s Artists’ Open House movement, Ned Hoskins, whose life and work we will commemorate in the celebrations.

Ned Hoskins was a trailblazer who started something so pertinent that its relevance resonates as strongly today as 40 years ago. As artists continue to seek ways to show their work, support each other and build a stronger art sector, Artists Open Houses is proud to spotlight the inspiring actions of Ned Hoskins who, 40 years ago, created a movement enabling access to art for everyone, by simply opening his front door and inviting the public inside to view his work.

Hoskins was distinctly inspired by the environment, seeking out nature and places to wander whenever possible; from his early days at art school in Harrogate where he painted on the Yorkshire Moors, through to his time in California, Europe and more locally, where his work took frequent inspiration from the South Downs. As we all look towards brighter moments after recent restrictions, Hoskins’ work, actions and legacies offer a fabulous opportunity to remember how important it is to take risks, make art and work with your community.

In recognition of the difficulties that the last two years has brought to exhibition making, especially for those in the early stages of their careers, this exhibition seeks to showcase new or recent works by emerging artists in the Brighton and Hove area, reflecting ways in which they have continued to create and push boundaries despite recent challenges.

The AOH 40th Anniversary emerging artists’ exhibition will be presented in the kitchen and adjacent areas of the Regency Town House Basement and will include artists working in all media forms.

Alongside this exhibition, in dedicated areas of the Regency Town House and Basement, will be: an exhibition of University of Brighton Sculpture students work; an exhibition of current AOH artists’ work; an exhibition or work by Ned Hoskins and original Open House members, accompanied by a video story of the Open Houses movement, begun in Brighton 40 years ago.

The exhibition will take place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 7 – 29 May

Submissions are welcome from artists who:

  • Have graduated within the last three years/or have not carried out a higher education visual art course and are within the first three years of developing their practice
  • Are based in or around Brighton & Hove
  • Work in any discipline of visual arts and its expanded form (i.e. including video, performance and spoken word)
  • Have work that makes a connection with the exhibition theme of Towards the Light
  • Are available to carry out 2 three-hour invigilation sessions over the festival period

There is no entrance fee and AOH will not take commission on any works sold in the exhibition

How to Apply:

Please complete the submission form here

You will be asked to provide a brief artist statement (300 words max), plus an outline of how the work/s you are submitting connects to the exhibition theme (200 words max).  You can upload up to 4 images (depicting work in any media) in JPEG format (each image no larger than 2MB) or for film or video works, you can insert a link.

Please bear in mind that the selectors may choose an individual work from a series.

Deadline for submissions: Monday 11th April (5pm)