PREVIEW: Brighton’s Artist Open Houses Christmas Festival 2016

November 1, 2016

web-600-2Brighton’s Artist Open Houses return this Christmas for three weekends starting on Saturday November 26.

During the festival, artists and makers across Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Ditchling and beyond will be throwing open the doors of their houses and studios to showcase a hugely diverse selection of artworks.

The festival is the perfect way to shop for unique presents this Christmas in a relaxed setting – with a glass of mulled wine and mince-pie in hand!

Artists from all over the area will throw open the doors to their homes and studios, showcasing a diverse selection of unique artworks and Christmas gifts – all available to buy directly from the artists themselves.

Many artists will also be holding an array of family friendly and adult workshops, craft activities, puppet shows, drawing and making classes.

Over 50 houses will be taking part this winter around different areas of the city, each with its own unique character and atmosphere – from the fishermen’s houses of Hanover to the urban warehouse spaces of the North Laine and cottages of the South Downs village of Ditchling.

Judy Stevens, Artists Open Houses Festival Director, said: “Visiting Artists Open Houses is a great way to take the strain out of Christmas shopping and this Christmas the Artist Open Houses Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. The wealth of established and professional artists and makers, as well as new and emerging artists, offers the perfect opportunity to pick up a unique and original Christmas gift for friends and family.” 

May’s festival saw over 60 new artists houses and studios taking part in the festival, with around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers.

For full line up of venues and festival highlights, click here: