Artists Open Houses WINTER 2020

Artists Open Houses Winter festival

Online: 21 November – 31 December Visit in person: 5-13 December*

The Artists Open Houses (AOH) Winter festival is a little bit different this year. From Saturday 21st November – December 31st it brings you an online festival, offering ‘virtual tours’ of Artists’ Open Houses. For the first two weeks of December there will, hopefully, be a return to normality, when you will be able to visit Open Houses and meet the artists in person.

*Please visit: for regular updates and specific opening days.

This year the online festival is continuing right up until the new year, giving you the opportunity to keep on browsing galleries of AOH artists’ work and buying art, crafts, home furnishings, Christmas presents, belated Christmas presents and special gifts to celebrate the arrival of 2021 – which will hopefully be a much better year for everyone!

Online Open Houses will include video tours round artists’ homes, as well individual online galleries. By browsing the artists’ listings you can hear about their work, the processes of making and the ideas behind it, and you can buy the work directly from the artists and makers.

HOPE: Sophie Wake – Red Brick House

HOPE: Sophie Wake – Red Brick House

Special treats this year include:

AOH Brochure cover artist, Sophie Wake’s, Red Brick House. Known for her human and animal paintings, Sophie was winner of the 2019 Latest Best Open House Award and was selected to show in Grayson Perry’s Yellow Room at the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. Her brochure cover painting is called ‘HOPE’. 10 Walpole Road, Brighton, BN2 0EA

11 Rugby Road offers a cornucopia of Christmas delights! Visit the newly landscaped sculpture garden, lit up with twinkling lights.11 Rugby Road, Brighton, BN1 6EBThis year we’ve all spent more time at home, remotely accessing the homes of others; Figment Arts Studio artists explore HOME as the theme of their exhibition.

11 Rugby Road

11 Rugby Road

SOLD is Shoreham Opportunities for Learning Disabilities, a one of a kind independent Charity Shop in the heart of Shoreham by Sea.

HOME at SOLD: 62 High St, Shoreham- by-Sea, BN435DB

 Home Sarah Watson HOME at SOLD

Home: Sarah Watson HOME at SOLD

Kay Aplin’s Ceramic House offers JOY, an exhibition featuring international ceramists exploring spontaneity, improvisation and intuitive making techniques displayed in the extraordinary setting of Kay’s architectural ceramic installations. There will be a special listening event, The Joy of Isolation, created in partnership with Aural Detritus.

The Ceramic House, 75 Stanmer Villas, Brighton, BN17HN

This year has been like no other and we are all in need some hope, joy and festive cheer, alongside an array of inspirational art. The AOH Festival will deliver the best aspects of both the May and Christmas Festivals, offering great art as well as unique, handmade Christmas gifts. More than ever this year it is important to support our local artists and makers who help to make Brighton and Hove the vibrant city that it is. Many AOH artists have made good use of the isolation of recent months, finding space to explore new ideas and ways of working. This festival offers a wonderful opportunity to discover really exciting, inspiring and distinctive new work, alongside a host of Christmas gifts.

 Priscilla Mouritzen The Ceramic House

Priscilla Mouritzen The Ceramic House

Many Open Houses are providing booking systems so that you can plan your visits in secure environments. All will supply facemasks and hand sanitiser and will follow current government Covid-19 guidelines, including managed social distancing.

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