Artists Open Houses programme and brochure cover revealed

Over four weekends this May, venues across Brighton & Hove will be participating in this year's Artist Open Houses festival’s 42nd year.
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Organisers also delighted to now share the joyful Spring brochure cover, created by artist Sarah Arnett, whose popular venue The Little Picture Palace is a highlight in our calendar.

The festival is free to attend and will take place on May 4, 5 & 6, 11 & 12, 18 & 19 and 25, 26 & 27.

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In Arnett’s recognisable energetic style, this year’s brochure cover presents an opulent underwater scene, layered with vibrant colours and textures.

AOH Spring 2024 Brochure Cover artwork by Sarah Arnett.AOH Spring 2024 Brochure Cover artwork by Sarah Arnett.
AOH Spring 2024 Brochure Cover artwork by Sarah Arnett.

Artists Open Houses are delighted to present this joyful brochure cover for the festival this May, with plant life in full bloom in celebration of Spring.

About the cover and her participation in AOH, Sarah says: “I was delighted to be asked to design this year’s cover, and took inspiration from Margaret Atwood's poem, Siren Song.

"These beautiful but bored Sirens floating in a wondrous dream like sea, a scene hiding the wrecks, hearts and dreams of men. This will be my second time participating in May Artist Open House and I am so looking forward to it! Last year was such great fun, we had performances, readings, workshops from lots of my friends, and they will be back again!

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"This year I will be showing original collages, new prints and some exciting new projects. I have also invited a talented group of artists and makers that I have worked and collaborated with over the years to join me.

"It is a joy to have them help me transform my home into The Little Picture Palace for the month of May in the true spirit of Artist Open House, I can't wait!”

Visitors can explore more artwork by Sarah Arnett in the unique interiors of The Little Picture Palace, which will be open to the public throughout the festival. Arnett’s open house will also present jewellery by Vivienne Ridley, accessories by Holly M Atelier, cushions by Maria Tilyard and work by Raw Solace and Corpo Santo. There will also be workshops every Friday as well as a Sunday Salon each weekend.

This year’s Artists Open Houses Spring festival is bigger than ever, with over 180 venues opening their doors to welcome art and craft enthusiasts in to explore their work and environments. Highlights this year include:

  • Story Maps, an exhibition by artists with learning disabilities, autism and neurodivergence from the Figment Arts Studio that will explore the rich folklore of our locale, which will include a pop-up folklore library and opportunity to take part in collaborative painting.

  • The DOG show, a popular addition to AOH returning for it’s fifth year, presenting over 200 piece of dog inspired artworks. For this year they will have seven returning artists: painter Sally Muir, Felted Fido and her exquisite felted dogs, Lorraine Corrigan’s papier-mâché dogs, Bridget Baker’s restrained wire dogs, Gemma Rees and her gorgeous Bedlington whippet sculptures, Sophie Thurlow’s miniatures painted on teabags and Joanna Osborne’s ceramic dogs. New artists for this year include: Josse Davis with his hand thrown mugs plus flat backs inspired by Staffordshire figurines and small rake dogs, Violet Von Riot and her intricate collage dogs, Justine Osborne’s (no relation!) mugs and bowls, Sarah Gooder’s refined watercolours, and Lost and Foundry with her dog lamps. Plus, composer Orlando Gough has created a specially composed dog-scape - a canine polyphonic dog sound mash-up.

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Joanna Osborne, Little Dogs - The Dog Show. Photo courtesy of the artist

  • This year, 19 Adelaide Studio is posing the question, how do ideas originate? and responds through VISION - an exhibition of sculptures and performances by artists Paulina Anzorge and a preview of Pascal Dowers’ design practice. Each evening, there will be thought-provoking talks, performances and short film screenings.

  • In the beautiful Regency Town House, visitors can explore This Is The Seventh Wave, a group exhibition curated by Judy Stevens and Dee Ferris that brings together locally-based artists for whom the sea is a source for inspiration. The exhibition offers up the ocean as a site for collaboration and connection, as well as a call to action on issues including climate futures/pasts, sustainability and migration. Exhibiting artists include; Polly Arnett, Nicholas Carrick, Emma Critchley, Dee Ferris, John Haywood, Solange Leon, Andre Lichtenberg, Alej ez, Catalina Mejia Moreno, Judy Stevens, Francisca Vidal Vergara + Pulso Austral, Arantza Vilas, Carole Villain and Jonathan Wright.

  • Brighton-born artist Bryony Devitt joins AOH this year with an unconventional venue, a portable open house (POH). This inventive addition is a dolls’ house on wheels showcasing custom-made miniature artwork by local and international artists. The POH will roam the streets of one of Britain’s most expensive cities, where Bryony herself cannot afford to purchase a home, it provokes reflection on the struggles posed by Brighton’s housing crisis.

Bryony Devitt, Portable Open House. Photo courtesy of the artist.

AOH is a unique opportunity to interact with local artists and makers, and to discover their work in a variety of venues from Hove and Portslade to Fiveways, Seven Dials to Rottingdean and out to Ditchling, Newhaven and the villages beyond. When you choose to purchase work during the festival, you are safe in the knowledge that your investment will directly support the emerging and established artists and makers.

“We were thrilled with the response to our call for open houses this year, with so many returning familiar venues and some exciting newcomers to explore, there really will be something for everyone to enjoy this May. A huge thanks to Sarah for our beautiful brochure cover, and to all the artists and makers who choose to participate in Artists Open Houses.” Judy Stevens - AOH Festival Director

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