Independent: 41 HPA

Independent: 41 HPA

Graham White
Graham White

Graham White’s work at first sight appears to be oil painting – and then you realise that colour and shape are created by collaging coloured strips of paper cut from magazine pages to produce land, sea and sky images. The lovely conservatory is showing stained glass miniatures, with tea and cakes in aid of the Martletts Hospice in the Italianate garden, complete with archways.

Fiveways: Jo Sweeting

Fiveways: Jo Sweeting

Jo Sweeting 2
Jo Sweeting 2

A stonecarver and teacher, with fascinating workshop shed in the back garden, Sweeting’s hand-carved art ranges from hefty monumental pieces to simple single-lettered beach pebbles.

See some works in progress, demonstrations and examples of the methods and tools used to produce her work. An engrossing open house, with a real sense of the artist living and working right here.

Independent:Thirty One

Independent:Thirty One

Stephanie Else 2
Stephanie Else 2

If you have very little time, this house could serve as a taster for some of the artists [including Polly Finch, Stephanie Else and Kellie Miller] who are also exhibiting elsewhere this year, some at their own studios. I enjoyed the mini-beachfront garden and studio shed, too.

Fiveways: Philippa Stanton – Synaesthetic Art with a Shed

Fiveways: Philippa Stanton – Synaesthetic Art with a Shed

Philippa Stanton
Philippa Stanton

Does exactly what it says on the tin. I understand actor/artist Stanton creates a different mood-set in the shed each festival. I’ll be talking more about the Brighton shed in a later article, but this is a charmer. Inspired by the American settler style, it has an atmosphere all its own, and is created just for the love of it. A step back in time, an atmospheric experience surrounded by the artist’s collections and inspirations.

Stanton paints smells and taste – her “Gin and Tonic” nails the blue/white/silver glitteryness of the drink. Guest Holly Bell’s ceramics, green and lavender washed glazes, are all fresh simplicity with a subtle raised design of leaf, flower or bird.

Independent: The Art of Opposition

Independent: The Art of Opposition

May Ayres
May Ayres

Nothing dainty, pretty or cute here – this venue hosts some difficult and stark images

May Ayres’ large ceramic Tony Blair war installation and pieces inspired by incidents at Abu Ghraib prison are among the angry and attention-catching responses to the 21st century in clay, paint and words.

Fiveways: The Cake House

Fiveways: The Cake House

Clair Letton
Clair Letton

Well named; the view through from the road to ladies enjoying cake in the kitchen was very inviting. Plenty to love if you’re looking for cushions, button brooches, hairclips and beanbags, and the rainbow staircase and Clair Letton’s children’s book illustration style make this a very family-friendly house. Her “By Moonlight” and “Looking at the Moon” are both images I wanted to study and enter – close peering revealed how harmoniously the appliqued elements of the mixed media pieces blended with the painting.

Beyond the Level: Hummingbird Studio

Beyond the Level: Hummingbird Studio

Tim Gill
Tim Gill

This buzzing venue, a centre for teaching, making and exhibiting, is one of those venues not qualifying for Fiveways membership, yet situated on its territory, right in the middle of a residential street.

Ceramicist Bebe Bird has it all covered; from the life sized piggy family in the window down to the teeniest little jugs, and Tim Gill’s stained glass goes from strength to strength; his Art Deco-style sunlit birds in flight is gorgeous.

Fiveways: 122 Beaconsfield Villas

Fiveways: 122 Beaconsfield Villas

Perdita Sinclair
Perdita Sinclair

A venue hosting a group of award winning painters. I liked Perdita Sinclair’s “Talking Head” in black multiple frames, and “The Birds” nude – her ‘line drawing mixed with completed oil’ style appearing unfinished, yet not needing any more to finish the story.

Fiveways: 31

Fiveways: 31

Sumiko Davies
Sumiko Davies

Through the park to another of Fiveways’ imposing Victorian villas with one of the biggest groups showing. As a rest was needed, up the shocking pink steps for tea and a slice of a huge lemon drizzle cake [£2.50] in the terraced garden.

Amid the traditional home crafts of patchwork, textiles, mosaics and rugs, two contrasting painting styles stood out: Kate Osborne’s chickens emerging through sunlit drifts of watercolour wash, and the delicate detail of Japanese artist Sumiko Davies, inspired by English wild flowers.

Fiveways: Art at 23

Fiveways: Art at 23

Marie-Anne Ganpatsingh
Marie-Anne Ganpatsingh

A beautifully staged garden offering Plants for Parkinson’s, and a friendly open fire and some fabulous Victorian stained glass windows to admire.

Plenty to enjoy, including some natural driftwood and pebble sculptures and a show of AR Barker’s vintage watercolours, some dating back to 1919.