ARTISTS OPEN HOUSES MAY 2013
4 May – 31 May
The Artist Open House Festival offers the chance to visit artists and makers in their own homes and studios to view and buy artwork directly from them. Work includes painting, sculpture and printmaking as well as jewellery, ceramic, textiles and many other media. The majority of venues belong to one of 14 Open House Trails, which cover different areas of the city and beyond; there are also independent Open Houses in many areas. Trails are geographically grouped and houses are usually within walking distance of each other. Entry is free – and many Open House offer homemade tea and cake.
Independent Open Venues
Discover incredible Zimbabwean stone sculptures and Nigerian art in a contemporary home. View work by well established and emerging artists, also 1950s Yoruba agbadas and sokotos (robes & trousers). Everything is for sale: collectables, affordable pieces, appliqués and cushions. Location: 18 Redhill Drive, Brighton BN1 5FH
Maria Rivans solo show converts ink_gallery into a fantastical jungle environment, transporting us physically into her surreal world in which to explore her humorous and bizarre 3D collages. Location: Ink_d gallery
All the tattoists are artists in their own right, working in different media including chair making, screen printing, pyrographic tattooing, water colours to name a few. A great opportunity to buy original and affordable art. Location: Into-You Tattoo Brighton
Philon’s studio in College Road is part of the Kemptown Trail. His work is completely abstract. The subject matter is paint itself and the way colours and layers of paint interact in space and time. His paintings start out like the stains on a wall and develop into evocative surfaces of tension and drama. Location: College Road, Brighton, BN2 1EU.
Varndean School’s Open House, now in its fifth year, will showcase outstanding GCSE work including: painting, collages, mixed media work, ceramics and a textiles. Location: Varndean School
HOUSE 2013 presents a major new visual arts commission from Lead Artist, Mariele Neudecker, co-commissioned with Brighton Festival, and featuring further selected commissions from regional artists Andrew Kötting with Anonymous Bosch, David Wightman, Emma Critchley and artist collaborators Dylan Shipton & Ben Fitton. This year HOUSE will be taking visitors on a journey to unknown landscapes across venues and spaces in Brighton & Hove.
For HOUSE 2013 Shipton & Fitton will construct a large-scale outdoor structure taking the form of a stricken airship whose central section has collapsed and disintegrated, bringing the vessel to the ground. The nose and tail sections remain more-or-less intact, pointing awkwardly askew, but the central section which still (but barely) joins them, is little more than a tangled mess.
The work takes The Regency Town House, in Hove’s Brunswick Square, as a container for a concept and ‘total installation’ of several interconnected pieces. Bringing notions of landscape into the domestic arena, Neudecker works with the idea of ‘the cropped edge’ in landscape as a form of human intervention.