Artists Open Houses

Published: Thursday 9th Nov 2017

Written by: Elliot Hatt

With the Christmas lights having been switched on throughout Brighton city centre, it is fair to say that the festive season is officially upon us! Time to stock up on mince pies and sherry, and start thinking about presents for your loved ones. If you are really struggling for gift ideas then we have a great suggestion to help you out - the Artists Open Houses Festival!

This is a unique event which sees artists based in Brighton and the surrounding areas welcome the public into their own homes, providing an opportunity to view artwork and crafts, meet their creators, and hopefully purchase something that catches the eye! Most of the houses belong to a trail, which is a collection of houses close to each other, usually within walking distance, so you get the chance to explore the work of a few different artists.

Originally conceived in 1982 when Ned Hoskins held the first Open House to showcase his work to the public, the movement has since grown in size and popularity over the decades and now holds two annual festivals each year. The first takes place in May as part of the Brighton Fringe, whilst the Christmas edition takes place over a few weekends in November and December.

The festival is a great way to take the stress out of the Christmas shopping and avoid the crowded high street shops in the search for the perfect presents. There will be a wide array of items on offer including paintings, prints, sculptures, jewellery, ceramics and much more, all available for purchase directly from the designers so you can be sure that you will be getting something unique. And if you want to make sure your item is truly one of a kind, why not try your hand at making your own art in one of the many workshops and craft classes put on by the designers!

This year the dates are 25th & 26th November, 2nd & 3rd and 9th & 10th December, and as always the festival is free to attend. So make the most of the opportunity to find some special gifts this Christmas, and have some fun while you're at it!

Elliot Hatt



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