Fancy sneaking into an artists home?

Field Brighon for Cathedral. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2016

Then this is your chance. The annual Artists Open Houses will open its doors this Saturday. Between 6 and 29 May, more than 1,200 artists will exhibit their works in over 180 locations in and around Brighton. The perfect occasion to meet local artists and have a little chat about how they work. And of course, if you see something you really like, why not buy it straight away?

Night Swimming by Dan Conway

Night Swimming by Dan Conway

Sculpturing, painting, photography, printmaking, jewellery, furniture, metalwork… hard to find an art form that is missing on the programme. This year’s cover artist is Australian born Penelope Kenny who is specialised in printmaking. Inspired by the relationship between humans and other animals, her hybrid creatures figure on textiles, books and wallpapers that she creates and prints herself. Her works will be displayed throughout the festival at The Old Market and in three other locations.

Resplendent rabbit-bird of paradise. By Penelope Kenny

Resplendent rabbit-bird of paradise. By Penelope Kenny

The exhibition locations are dispatched in and around the city and organised in 15 trails depending on the area. Among them, there are eleven that are located in the city of Brighton and Hove, like the Brunswick Town, the Hanover or the Dyke Road trail. Follow these trails to discover the artists’ homes and studios and have a look at what they do. Some do even offer refreshments, food and workshops.

One thing’s for sure. The Artists Open Houses will be a good way to spend an afternoon or two on one of the weekends to come. So get out and go on a little discovery trip. Whether you walk, ride your bike or hop on the bus to get to the different exhibition places is up to you. You don’t even have to stick to the proposed trails. But it’s a good thing to start with.

For more information on opening hours, the artists and the different trails see here.

 

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