Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses Festival May 2014

Published On March 19, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | Theatre & Arts Features

Every Weekend in May 2014
Various Locations

The May 2014 Artists Open Houses festival will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the four weekends of May. The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the City will be opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,000 artists and makers.

The houses are grouped into one of 14 trails around different areas of the City, each with its’ own unique character and atmosphere – from the fisherman’s houses of Hanover to the urban warehouse spaces of the North Laine and the cottages of the South Downs village of Ditchling.

The Artists Open Houses offer the chance to buy artworks directly from the artists and makers themselves. There is hugely diverse selection of art works on show; from original paintings, prints, graffiti arts, ceramics, textiles to photography, sculpture, crafts and jewellery and many other media. Entry to the Artists Open Houses is free.

Some of the most exciting work from The Artists Open Houses festival will be featured in The Open Houses Open Exhibition 2014, a curated open submissions exhibition showcasing some of the most exciting work from artists taking part in the festival. The theme for this years exhibition is “Translations”. Open Exhibition will be shown in the Regency Town House upstairs Drawing Room over the weekends of May. The exhibition will be curated by Jenny Lund, Curator of Fine Art Brighton Museum and Katie Norris, Assistant Curator Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.

Some of the highlights of the 2014 Artists Open Houses include:

A1George Douglas House: 14 Silwood, Brighton.

Exhibition of unseen photographs of Hollywood Stars

A unique archive of photographs of Hollywood stars from the 1940s/50s/60s, many of which have never been seen before, will be going on show at George Douglas House. The exhibition will pull images from a wide range of negatives that include images of Gary Cooper, President Harry Truman, Audrey Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde and Peter Sellers. Alongside the celebrity images are many others, which give fascinating social and historical record of the period – including the Queen’s rat-catcher and Britain’s first female chimney sweep. The archive belongs to Brighton based photographer George Douglas, who worked for many years at Picture Post and Life magazine.

A2• Fantastic Tales, Danish Contemporary Ceramics at The Ceramic House, Brighton

Winner of Best Open House Award, 2013, The Ceramic House is a remarkable house belonging to ceramicist J Kay Aplin that in itself is a living ceramic installation. For the 2014 festival, Kay Aplin will be curating an exhibition of contemporary work from 16 of Denmark’s leading ceramicists.

A3• V & A Illustration Award Prize Winner Jonny Hannah, The Old Market, Hove

2014 Artist Open House brochure cover artist and a V & A Illustration Award prize winner Jonny Hannah’s work has graced the pages of Vogue, GQ and The New York Times. Under the moniker, Cakes and Ale Press, Jonny produces linocuts, screen-prints, limited edition affordable prints and artist books all of which will be on show and available to buy.

A4• Some of the UK’s most in demand illustrators including Costa Book Award Winner Chris Riddell and Ed Kluz at Ravenswood House.

Chris Riddell, artist, illustrator, author, political cartoonist and winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2014 (for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse) has illustrated many best-loved children’s books. Chris and his artist wife Jo Riddell, a printmaker and painter, will be opening their house exhibiting an eclectic mix of printmaking, illustration, fine art photography, jewelry and sculpture from a group of artists including 
illustrator Ed Kluz who as a designer and illustrator has received commissions from St Jude’s fabrics, the V&A, Faber and Random House. Also Heike Roesel (etching), Tony Bowen (prints),
Tanja Ufer and Si Uwins (applied art and metal).

Edam• Jerwood Prize Winning Artist Sally Kindberg and her paintings of cheese at Backwoods at Tichborne Gallery

Jerwood contemporary prize winning Swedish artist Sally Kindberg has created fifteen oil paintings of cheese! The exhibition, entitled Backfield, will be the third in a series that features artists associated with Goldsmiths Department of Art, University of London. Curated by former Goldsmiths art lecturer Colin Day, Tichborne Gallery aims to bring provocative and original contemporary art practice to Brighton drawn from Day’s long association with the world-class institution.

A6Brighton’s Smallest Pub – The Blue House, Agnes Street, Hanover

Competing for the title of Britain Smallest Pub, The Blue House in Elm Grove will be creating a pub in the front room of their house and showing the work of 17 artists including Megan Robinson (collage) Emii Smid (illustrations), Charlie Lyons (wirework) and live music.

A7UK Contemporary Open House: Street, abstract and stencil art

A group exhibition combining cutting edge Brighton street art, expressive painting, prints, architectural sculpture and photography. There will also be several street art demonstrations throughout the month. Artists include Elise Buddle (abstract)
 Cassette Lord (stencil art) 
Tim Bates (architectural sculpture) and Zeezee 22 (stencil art).

A8Jo Sweeting’s House: Unseen photographs of sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink

For the first time celebrated artist, wood engraver and painter Garrick Palmer will be exhibiting previously unseen black and white photographs of the English sculptor Dame Elizabeth Frink (1930-1993) taken at her studio and garden in Dorset over a period of four years. Palmer will be showing his landscape and figurative wood engravings, paintings and photographs alongside the work of six artists including host sculptor and lettercarver Jo Sweeting – recently commissioned to make a half ton sculpture for Brighton’s Amex Stadium. Jo will be showing large and small lettercarved stone sculpture based on botanical and figurative form.

A9Art in Ditchling

Inspirational artists trail of 15 artist houses, studios and workshops in and around the historic and picturesque village of Ditchling, set within South Downs National Park. The village has a rich arts and crafts heritage: Eric Gill, Sir Frank Brangwyn & Guild of St Joseph & St Dominic were all based in Ditchling and many family members continue the tradition in the artists today. Expect a diverse range of art & craft, metal work, ceramics, jewelry, music, poetry readings and workshops.

A real gem is Ralph Levy’s Handmade House. A visit to the Handmade House is like stepping back in time. A charming 1930’s cottage, where everything from Ralph’s simple ironwork furniture to the door handles, the beds to the ceramics in which you drink tea and the paintings on the wall are for sale. The house shows an eclectic mix of local artists and sculptors and there is a pop up restaurant in the garden.

A10Tony Mills & Friends, Flat 2, 17 Belgrave Place, Kemptown Brighton

Tony Mills combines a career as a successful Director at American Express with work as an artist. Tony will be exhibiting his work in the stylish surroundings of his own Artists House – Belgrave Place in Kemptown, with fellow businesswoman, MD of My Special PA and artist, designer Emma de Polnay. Tony unveils a new collection of paintings. In his latest work he contrasts small human activity within dramatic, towering skies and inspiring landscapes. Emma de Polnay’s figurative works on paper combine natural and man made mixed media, to produce dynamic studies of the human form in motion.

A11Alexander Johnson, Hove

This increasingly in-demand professional artist goes from strength to strength after a sell-out show last year. Swipes of neon colour shine like gems from dark textured backgrounds reminiscent of old masters, all beautifully framed in Italian solid wood. Alexander Johnson produces abstract distillations from the figurative world, limited edition silkscreens and vibrant oils on canvas.

A12Lee Miller Archives, The Friends Meeting House, Brighton

Lee Miller (1907-1977) began her photographic career as a New York fashion model. She later worked with Man Ray in Paris, ran her own portraiture studio and became a photojournalist during WWII. This is a unique opportunity to view a selection of her Surrealist images as well as other work and purchase prints at reduced prices (made mostly from her original negatives) directly from the Lee Miller Archives.

The Artists Open Houses Festival will be launched at The Old Market, Hove on April 10th.

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