Each weekend throughout May Brighton’s painters, photographers, sculptures and printers throw open their doors for Artists’ Open Houses – a month long celebration of creativity showcased from living rooms all over the city.
For many, the thought of knocking on a stranger’s door and wandering their house is an odd one. But once you’ve crossed that first threshold, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. From screen printed furniture, framed photography and architecture-inspired sketches to bronze busts, leather bags and full sized oil paintings there’s a lot to choose from. And all for free.
UK Contemporary Open House was a particular highlight with large, expressive paintings, stencil art and photography as well as works from Cassette Lord, the graffiti artists who spray’s they city’s junction boxes with his now iconic cassette art.
Nigel French & Guests (photography, screen prints and woodwork), 21A Brunswick Square (photography, illustration and graphic art) and London House in Ditchling (modern oil paintings), are also really worth a look.
And for the hungry among you, the food can be as much a highlight as the art. Anita and Sarala’s pop up cafe was pulling in the punters at Art and Indian Tapas on Worcester Villas in Hove, while coffee and cake took centre stage at The House of Solomon Gray, served from artistically decorated mugs in the small, sunny garden. Photos & Furnishings, on Queen’s Garden, has offered a particularly spectacular array of foody treats over the past three weekends such as pancakes, scotch eggs, rum infused Eccles cakes, orange & ginger biscuits and mini toad in the hole. Phew!
Ending next weekend, there’s still a chance to check it out. Pick up a guide from a cafe or shop in town or download the guide: http://www.aoh.org.uk/May-2013-home