Visitors tell us about their favourite Open House

All photos: Syl Ojalla

You tell us what you liked best about your favourite Open House:

Vida Active Artists Open House:
‘Great variety of colourful, lively work, friendly welcoming artists, surprising garden with refreshments and live music. Loved it! ‘

‘Really friendly mix of multi cultural and international artists from as far afield as Mongolia!’

‘A great use of the community studio as an arts space with Volunteers offering tea and cake for donations.’

Polly Ballantine from Vida Active Open House collects their Latest Best Open House Award from the Latest‘s Angi Mariani

‘Friendly artists with a fun lively vibe! Music and dancing and cake. ‘

‘A brilliant mix of different styles and mediums from global artists. Lovely friendly artists and beautifully displayed art works. Thoroughly recommended!!!

Encounters Open House:

Encounters Open House

‘Amazing artworks and concept.’

‘Encounters Art Space is showing international and locals artists. Is a very well curated show where culinary and music are integrated.’ 

‘I like it a lot, the curator’s work is very professional and the artists each time present a new dynamic with vibrant art! Every time I come here I feel refresh and inspired. Thank you!’

‘Good selection of art, ethical and environmental responsibility. Excellent hosting. Excellent venue. Also because the high standard of work is great just like a museum in Brighton.’

Encounters Open House

‘Loved the ‘portable art’ concept. Enjoyed the great variety of pieces from a dozen artists, spanning sculpture, paintings, prints, photography, mixed media and even some work with AI techniques. All beautifully curated in a lovely house/gallery. Could not resist buying a couple of prints in the accompanying shop which has a range of reasonably priced but selected and beautiful pieces which accompanied the main exhibition. Hosts were welcoming and delicious food served served and consumed in the garden. An excellent example of the heights that the AOH festival can attain. Bravo!’

Encounters Open House

The Red Door Open House:
‘Always a warm welcome. Interactive, immersive, inclusive visual arts for all, plus the best home made scones and chilli jam!’

‘Karen is creative and unique with her style of artwork and her keen eye for art and the different makes her house really stand out. She’s also so welcoming and friendly. ‘

‘Great variety of activities and workshops to get involved with – I went to an inspiring workshop on cyanotype which was really good value for money.’

‘Such a beautiful range of artwork from jewellery to stained glass to paintings. Welcoming hosts, lovely garden, and cream teas and cakes available! Xx’

Artists from The Studio Gallery, The Red Door, The Purple House and Stuart and Mark and Friends, at the AOH Awards Night

Sarah Arnett Open House:
‘Absolutely stunning art by Sarah. A lovely friendly atmosphere and some beautiful choir music in the sunshine.’ 

‘The magical colour and pattern! Such creativity, extras ….like the choir in the garden! Everything was just fab and such a warm welcome from Sarah. Can’t stop thinking about it :-)’

Sarah Arnett Open House

‘The house is exquisite and a living example of Sarah Arnett and her stunning art.  All corners are covered in art. It is a masterpiece, Sarah and the other artists are so welcoming. All over a beautiful space to be. Eden!’

‘The house was magical. Sarah’s prints were on wallpaper and painted ceilings. In was an immersive experience. She was an excellent host as well and made you feel very welcome.’

Sarah Arnett Open House

‘Sarah’s house is a parade of colour, pattern and textures to delight and inspire! Beautifully curated artists, gathered in the most jaw dropping interior made this a unique event. Thank you for sharing with us Sarah x’

Sarah Arnett Open House

 ‘ Sarah has created a magical space and is a showcase that she embodies art as life! Sarah had herself on show- we got to know her as an artist…and having the choir which she attends as part of the open house was incredible! An immersive experience.’

‘Stunning interior design – It was like walking into a dream!’

Sarah Arnett Open House

 The Purple House:
‘Amazing colours and the paintings are really worthy of coming over from London!’ 

‘ The colour everywhere and going into the studio – authentic experience, which didn’t try to hard, was a great insight to how the artist herself works.’

 It is filled with colours and art wall to wall. There’s a huge variety of work to look at! 

‘Bright, happy paintings by prolific artist Orna Schneerson Pascal, this is the true spirit of Artist Open Houses. Every wall is a feast for the senses, with clever music from partner Guy Schneerson’s Starship Enterprise tangle of beautiful boxes as the soundtrack. This is really how they live, with Orna’s light bright studio in the attic. The beautiful African jewellery and accessories compliment perfectly. People leave feeling happy and refreshed.’

Artists from House of the Green MonkeyVida Active Artists and The Purple House at the AOH Awards Night

 House of the Green Monkey:
‘Amazing original paintings of Brighton. Incredible images and their first open house!’

‘I loved the enthusiasm of the artists and the relevant local art which was to such a high standard. There was also a great range of things for sale and something for everyone’s price range. The story behind the name of the house was also really interesting.’

‘Unbelievable painting – wow!’

The Studio Gallery:
‘A thoughtfully and creatively curated space with work of excellent quality, distinctiveness and variety.  Also a really smart range of prices from spare change to investment.  Easily the best space I have visited this year.  Friendly team too.’

‘Bloody decent ceramics gotta say. Also loved the monkis’

‘Welcoming, good mixture of art, ceramics, textiles and furniture. Perfect natural lighting for viewing great art.’

‘A stunning exhibition space which is thoughtfully curated. Packed full of talented artists, with something interesting to see at every turn. The passion of the artists & the curators is evident throughout.’

Sarah Arnett Open House

Thanks for the feedback visitors!