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The UK’s largest Artists Open Houses Festival returns to Brighton, Hove and beyond in May 2019 

Graham Robson March 6, 2019

Brighton & Hove Artists’ Open Houses Festival 2019, the largest event of its kind in the UK, will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends from Saturday, May 4, 2019.

FREE to visit, the festival will see over 1,500 artists and makers open the doors to their houses or studio spaces in more than 180 venues to exhibit and sell their artworks direct to the public.

The Artists’ Open Houses gives festival goers an exclusive snapshot of how artists live and work with a hugely diverse selection of artworks on show, from original paintings, prints, ceramics and textiles to photography, sculpture, crafts, jewellery and more.

The houses are grouped into one of 14 trails around different areas of the city and beyond, each with its own unique character and atmosphere – from the beautiful Regency houses in Brunswick to the colourful 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
Judy Stevens

Judy Stevens, Artists’ Open Houses Festival Director, said: “The Artists’ Open Houses offer audiences the chance to see locally made, seriously good arts and crafts, as well as being an inclusive community event.

“We welcome artists of all ages and from all areas of the community including a significant number of venues showing the work of artists who may otherwise be potentially excluded from the mainstream art world – those who have experienced periods of homelessness, are in recovery, or have learning disabilities or metal health issues. At the core of our ethos is a belief in the great benefits of art and creativity for all, and in offering opportunities for a new and important engagement between these artists and our audiences.” 

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