Donate to the Art Bank @ AOH

Donate to the Art Bank @ AOH

Do you have drawers full of old art materials?
Lots of people do! This year Artists Open Houses offer you the perfect way to clear out your cupboards and help artists in need.

Many Open Houses include artists who have experienced periods of homelessness or are vulnerably housed, as well as those in recovery from drug and alcohol issues, artists with learning disabilities and those with mental health issues. This year Artists Open Houses is partnering with St Luke’s Church, Prestonville on an Art Materials Bank. Everyone is invited to donate art materials, such as paints, inks, brushes, crayons, paper, collage materials and anything else that could be of use to the city’s marginalised artists.  St Luke’s Church will provide a reception centre throughout the festival, where everyone is invited to drop off their spare art materials, between 9.30am – 1pm, Tuesdays – Fridays.

For the Artists Open Houses festival, St Luke’s church, in the Seven Dials trail, is showing work by several artists who have experienced periods of homelessness. The exhibition’s theme is Transformation and is centered around the work of David Carter, who has created multi-figurined dioramas depicting stories from the bible, set in West Sussex towns and villages. The exhibition also contains work of artists whose lives have been transformed by their involvement in the recovery groups, volunteer organisations and choirs which are hosted at St Luke’s.
64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton

Just Life Creative, in Beyond The Level trail, also shows the work of artists who have experienced homelessness; Just Life Creative offers help to artists to practice their skills and provides peer support to help the artists develop professionally.
Studio 1, Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton

In the same trail, Preston Park Recovery Centre, set in a beautiful old house and garden, shows the work of artists who use their Recovery Services, building bridges to the wider community.
18 Preston Park Avenue, Brighton


Creative Future Artists are exhibiting their limited edition prints at Barker and Stonehouse furniture store in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, as part of the independent trail.

Creative Future provides opportunities for under represented artists to have their work seen.
184-186 Old Shoreham Road, Hove

At BMECP, in the Central Trail, visit the exhibition of Sarah Watson, an artist with learning disabilities and who thinks differently. Sarah is a member of Carousel, an organisation that helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it. Self-taught, Sarah has been an artist since the age of 15 and believes that art helps her to maintain focus and cope with her anxiety. Her bold, colourful and expressive portraits depict her heroes and villains and include Gareth Southgate, David Shrigley and Boris Johnson! Don’t miss Sarah’s on the spot portrait drawing on Sunday 19th May.
BMECP / SEAS, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton


There are three more weekends to discover the many hidden and varied delights of Artists Open Houses – then don’t forget to vote for your favourite Open House. The Best Open House Award is sponsored by The Latest:

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Image Credit: Alyx Ashton

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