Artists Open Houses 2019 – third and forth weekends

Our third and fourth weekends on the 2019 AOH trail


Building our strength right now – we’re heading over to Fiveways Artists Open Houses trail this morning.

Seasoned trailers’ advice:

Comfy shoes.

Weather awareness.

A bag for carrying any must-have finds.

Plenty of cash – though some do credit cards, they may not always.

A huge appreciation of a cup of tea and some home made cake in a nice urban garden that you could do yourself.

A pen and your brochure.

Instagram, hashtag and @ the houses you visit – ask permission to photograph.

Have fun!

Artist’s Open House Dyke Road Arts Venue 4 56 Tivoli Crescent


A suprise – this TARDIS house built at the top of an impressive rise has a secret extra flat underneath leading to a sculpture garden with great views over Brighton.


Keith Pettit’s magnetically attractive wood engravings, inspired by Sussex woodland, countryside and town

Jill Leaney’s clever jewellery transformed from vintage silver cutlery and displayed on a collection of perfume bottles – presentation’s so important!

Moira Wills’ elegant printmaking

Artists Open House Seven Dials Venue 1 Birds and Blossom


Welcome to this new open house!

We loved Heidi Langridge’s charming, fresh studies of birds among flowers

Artists Open House Seven Dials Venue 2 Alizeti Creative


A secret garden discovery, and an intriguing show

Renee Graham Adriano’s delicate cut outs over cool, complex print

Natalia Stevenson-Oake’s tactile books

Jon Wilmington’s stone work and silver and bronze jewellery produced by the ancient casting method

Artists Open House Fiveways Venue 8 Theresa Winchester and Friends


A long established confident venue, Theresa’s fabulous animal character prints tell stories from childhood. Many friends too – Phoebe Sherwood’s woodland silver and wood jewellery, Carol Gilbert’s ceramics rainbow

Into the sculpture garden for a gorgeous courgette and lime cake and tea £3.50

Artists Open House Fiveways Venue 4 Eva Wibberley and Friends


Energy, sea and sky with a relaxed windswept feel and an outdoorsy freshness in house and garden. Paintings, sculpture, wood carving and jewellery, a sense of the seen and found

Tea and apple cake in the sculpture garden £3 (I’m aware there’s a lot of cake involved …)

Artists Open House Fiveways Venue 6 Stewart and Mark and Friends


Well this was fun! Brighton’s a city of hills, terraces and steps and this lovely sculpture garden’s well worth the clamber.

Life drawing focus on the male nude, ceramics, jewellery, painting – a fine art theme.

Artists Open House Fiveways Venue 6 20 Fabulous Years!


I’m definitely in pursuit of the wow factor on this year’s trailing, and if you’re a fan of spectacle in sculpture and ceramics you’ll find both here.

Frances Doherty’s moving house soon – but just down the road, so hope to see her fabulous hot house ceramic flora again next year.

And Alan Williams’ mega metal sculptures, especially the flying fish, must be seen.

Artists Open House Seven Dials Venue 10 Salon des Sources


There’s a fun buzz as ever at this super-popular venue, hosting an exuberant show by female makers and artists. Emphasis on ceramics and jewellery, and a great welcome from Jaq Buckeridge.

Artists Open House Seven Dials Venue 12 The Family Line


Artist family Colin Ruffell, Fran Slade and Shyarma Ruffell together host a long established go-to AOH. Each sure in their own style, their paintings sit harmoniously together and make striking solo statements.

Robyn Neild’s small, deceptively airy and delicate-seeming solid bronze sculptures, and Dungeness-inspired boat relics

Pot of tea, scone (and generous butter and jam) in the garden, £5

Artists Open House Seven Dials Venue Cecil Rice


The master of water, colour and light, whose inspirations include travels in Venice and India, as well as around Sussex, delivers another superb show – his 20th.

Artists Open Houses Seven Dials Venue 16 Brighton and Beyond 111


St Michael and All Angels looks quite a plain, forbidding Victorian church. From the outside. Inside, it’s something else; all marble, gilt and Burne Jones windows. Must be seen.


Engrossing, atmospheric oils by Paula Dickinson feature huge skies and glittering seas, with photography by Harry Norbury. Brighton seen through paint and lens.

Artists Open Houses Seven Dials Venue 15 Subterranean


From imposing church to basement flat – two fascinating glimpses into the Victorian world. Stop and stare at the under-pavement cool larder, a two centuries old mini brick vault now home to a sculpture installation.

Matt Noir’s large scale paintings of vintage gadgets

Theatrical models reminiscent of miniature lit stage set designs

It’s mysterious and totally engrossing

Artists Open Houses Seven Dials Venue 18 Zorian Artworks Home and Garden


One of the guilty pleasures of visiting an artist’s open house is enjoying their home and garden as well as the work.

First time opening Zorian Matthew’s home showcases a whole gallery’s worth of his bright, vibrant celebrations of nature and life. Animals, forests, landscape and cosmic skies, all burst into energy and life. There’s a great sense of ancient ways and spirituality throughout the venue. The wow factor right here.

And into the garden for a busy nursery featuring baby plants for sale. They’ll be hosting special events later on in the year – we’re keeping an eye out for news.

Artists Open House Hove Venue 14 51 Wilbury Road


A harmonious show blending accomplished painting, ceramics, photography, silver and glass.

Alain Guy’s imposing ceramic heads, their elongated form conjuring up thoughts of Easter Island, Pharaohs and the bronze giant Telos


Campoli and Nelson’s glass and silver pieces – especially the irridescent blue glass bowl and C bangle with subtle green toned glass gems

Artists Open House Hove Venue 8 The Claremont

An imposing Victorian villa – a great place for bed, breakfast and special events. Every year it’s an art gallery, hosting a wide range of work throughout public buildings and sometimes bedrooms too.

A friendly, relaxed and bohemian air, with guests checking in and art lovers strolling round the show and enjoying complimentary tea in the walled garden


El Glinoer’s light touch breezy paintings


Rosie Odette’s gold and gem jewellery, evoking both contemporary and ancient styles

Artists Open House Hove Venue 4 9a Hove Place


THE place for serious ceramics. From the tiniest porcelain miniature pots to a stonking great waist-high urn, stoneware, raku, hand-thrown, hand-modelled, conceptual pieces, practical home ware – you name it, you’ll find it. And the paintings, jewellery and wood complements this house that respects and celebrates the art of clay.

Impossible to settle on favourites here – the variety and the curation are terrific.

Artists Open House Hove Venue 2 Dave Streeter and Friends


A fresh, attractive house and decked garden.

Dave Streeter’s meticulously observed photography

Rowena Park Design acrylic jewellery in glowing tones

Artists Open House Beyond The Level Venue 6 Archipelago Studio @archipelago

A busy working studio, a small space where a community of jewellery makers work and create together.

Evening courses are available.


Chris Hawkins sleek jewellery – and a surprise, a display of new hand-napped flint tools. Just try to resist holding one. Ancient arts, natural materials and forms coming together in metal and stone.

MayaH jewellery, especially the tiny branch pendants


And another Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses festival closes. I’ve visited around forty houses, enjoyed the work of hundreds of artists, had rather a lot of tea and cake in some lovely gardens, and come home with photos, earrings and cards, which will join my prints, painting, glass, jewellery, ceramic and other buys from previous years.

Thank you to all the house, studio and gallery owners, the artists, craftspeople and makers of all things art, and the people who make the world’s biggest artists open house festival happen.

Looking forward to Christmas!


Artists Open Houses 2019 – first and second weekend

Our first two weekends on the 2019 Artists Open Houses trail

For the last year we’ve mostly been blogging our Artists Open Houses adventures at Instagram.

You can follow our trailing finds, picks, buys and likes as they happen at

Then each weekend we’re collating our responses here.

Aaaaaaaand … We’re off!

2019 Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses kicks off early for us.
Looking forward to a fabulous @brightonfringe month of art, theatre and events, our Sussex Playwrights Fringe-time event and Chelsea Flower Show on TV – my favourite month is about to launch.

Hove Arts Venue 18 Dion Salvador Lloyd

Shortlisted Best Painter 2019 Awards



Our first Brighton & Hove Artists’ Open House preview party sees us at Dion Salvador Lloyd’s consummate show, always our opening event, and always a highlight.

Dion and Emma and a team of nibbles-&-fizz bearers welcomed us to their 19th AOH year.

If you’re a regular, you’ll know his signature enigmatic sea and skyscapes style, and pallette of natural-world stone, shell and bone.

But Dion’s long year turns, and elegant winter is slowly softening her grip. There’s a drift towards the spring, allowing fresh pinks and greens, yellows and blues to turn up the colour. There’s a tumble of dried flowers and soft toned seaglass here now, and a suggestion of heat on the horizon. But not yet. This exploration of a new season feels like it’s only just begun.

We loved: Secret Place and Chamomile

Dyke Road Arts Venue 5 The Trojan House




This well established @artistsopenhouses essential offers expertly curated variety – painting, print, ceramics, glass, silver, iron and stone in a calm, civilised setting.

We loved:

Host Troy Ohlson’s fascinating wildlife-inspired painting and print. Odessey Blacksmiths’ twisted iron hairpin – imagine a warrioress pulling that spike out ready for battle!  Tracy Steel’s handcarved stone lettering – small pieces channelling an ancient art.


Dyke Road Arts Venue 6 For The Man I Love


If pretties and frills are not for you, step inside a cosy den full of tasty treats, spicy scents and wantable finds for anyone (like me!) who also loves gentlemanly things.

Sleek silver jewellery, dog beds, chutney and chocs, plus Brighton Wick Candles – there’s a sense that this is how the nicer bits of Regency Brighton might have smelt – all sea, tobacco, chocolate, spices and wood. Tasty.

Dyke Road Arts Venue 2 Art at The Good Shepherd


I’ve always loved children’s books. The writing, the storytelling, the illustrations and so often the powerful sense of place that had my family holidaying all over the country in the footsteps of the Famous Five and the Lone Pine Club.

This show sends me straight back there – it’s a traditional, mature celebration of the locations and natural world that mean so much to us. Sea and cliffs, woodland and country churches – so many of these images seem to want an adventure to be happening there.

David Diplock’s meticulous, delicately observed watercolour studies of winter and Riverside, plus the most fascinating Artists’ notebooks.

Dan Woods’ Early One Morning series called up JM Barrie and Michael Bond’s tales from a world where a nursery just might be a thing.

Dyke Road Arts Venue 1 Art At Zerb’s

Shortlisted Best Artist’s Open House 2019 Awards


Welcome to this brand new house with the wow factor – a fab Edwardian villa and sculpture garden.

A great mix of ceramics, painting, wood, leather and glass … something for all, and with the departure of Wolf at the Door to Yorkshire, Si Uwins has found a new space for his sinuous wood sculptures right here.

Hove Arts Venue 19 Collectors’ Selection


If you only have limited time, here’s the first of a pair of ‘must-see’ venues on the Hove Arts trail

An elegant, cultured show featuring spectacular sculpture on a domestic scale.

A pagan beast theme runs through this show; bull-headed and goat-legged beings in ceramic and metals.

Contemporary sculpture with an ancient world memory.

Supporting @Hoveplinth

Hove Arts Venue 20 Art In Bloom

My personal pick for Best Artist’s Open House 2019


And if you only have limited time, here’s the second of a pair of ‘must-see’ venues on the Hove Arts trail

@artinbloom has definitely burst into flower since their first bud showed at last year’s Artists’ Open House festival!

We loved:

Karen Hollis’ high impact floral paintings bring the glamour to this jaw-dropper house. So lush you can smell the scent – ah no, that’s the vase of white lilies. Maybe.

Jill Tattersall (now a York resident) night skies and silvered river paintings, Tessa Wolfe Murray’s distinctive and assured ceramics … well, everything. Possibly the best curated house I’ve seen so far; a superb blend of medium, colour, shape and setting.

Artists Open Houses Hove Arts Venue 15 Axios


We loved:

Ade Stacey’s darkly glowing oil paintings, all sullen intrigue, conjure up volcanic inferno visions and a sense that the Balrog may appear any second now …

Central Venue 7 Brighton Sussex County Arts Club


This long-lived arts club’s annual Fringe exhibition is always worth a visit. See the fruits of the year’s drawing, painting and sculpture practical guided sessions with life, costume and portrait models. It’s the ideal studio setting for those looking to give focussed attention to developing their skills in like-minded company.

Accomplished work this year included

Helen D’Arcy’s Lady Peacock

Bill Donohue’s Mark

Beyond the Level Venue 5 Glass In Fusion


Another of my regular must-see venues, this studio is open throughout the month. Stephanie Else presents her glowing collection of glass pieces – from tiny earrings, fridge magnets and hangings, to important statement pieces fit to grace the most imposing boardroom or boutique hotel. Her use of colour is gorgeous – I’m particularly drawn to her turquoise, teal and white sea and sky inspired work with glass bubbles and foam effects.

And another pair of earrings (turquoise glass studs) has found its way into my AOH jewellery collection!

Guests Victoria Lovell’s statement rings and Graham Whittaker’s leatherwork.

Fiveways Venue 22 Rex Matthews


‘They’re just like Noggin the Nog!’ if you’re the right age, you’ll hear yourself exclaiming as you encounter Rex Matthews’ interpretation of the Lewis Chessmen.

And it’s true – I was at an exhibition at the British Museum where Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, the creators of Noggin, the Clangers, Bagpuss and other children’s TV icons, discussed the influence the chess pieces had on the design and personalities of their Viking characters. These dark, powerful and fascinating images will draw you in.

Another example of a house with a limited number of artists’ work harmonising together throughout the house and sculpture garden. I’m increasingly less engaged by too many, too much, and this confident blend of Matthews’ drawings and paintings, Margaret Massie Taylor’s paintings, David Price’s clay sculptures and Claire Morris’s stone and alabaster carvings is well worth a visit.

Beyond The Level Venue 9 11 Rugby Road

Shortlisted Best Artist’s House 2019 Awards


It’s no use … I have to confess to an ‘eeeeeeeep!!!’ reaction on entering this ever-growing favourite. Also ‘where do they LIVE?!’ From previous years upstairs, they’ve now expanded over the entire house and garden – and it’s charming. Narnia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream … Everywhere’s an Instaphoto waiting to happen, plus a few inspirations on just what I could do with that old mirror in the back room and some of those planks left over from doing the floor. Clever.

The Crunkles; pierced ceramic … sea urchins? Toadstools? Candle light flickers through in the darkened bathroom

Into the garden for a forest of ceramic mushroom picks – edge past people carrying fistfuls at just £1 each. I’ve got five …

You can follow our third weekend trail over at @philippa.hammond on Instagram, and we’ll collate our finds soon.



Artists Open Houses 2019

For the last year we’ve mostly been blogging our Artists Open Houses adventures over on Instagram.

You can follow our trailing finds, picks, buys and likes at @philippa.hammond


Winter Evening Hyde Park by Troy Ohlson

Venue: The Trojan House

For the last year we’ve mostly been blogging our Artists Open Houses adventures over on Instagram.

You can follow our trailing finds, picks, buys and likes as they happen at @philippa.hammond

But we’ve reviewed that – and decided to collate all our Instagram posts over here as we always used to, as Instaposts do get pushed down. So from now on we’ll be collating them all again onto the website.

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