Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses Christmas 2014

We visit Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses in the run-up to Christmas 2014

Cecil Rice
Cecil Rice

First weekend

We visit Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses in the run-up to Christmas 2014

We started our rounds of the Christmas Artists’ Open Houses on one of those gorgeous blue and gold Brighton and Hove winter days.

12: The Claremont

Anne Barrell
Anne Barrell

This boutique hotel set in a Victorian mansion in Hove again hosts a show from large scale works to little prints, candles and cards that runs throughout all floors of the building and into the garden. One of the wantable rooms is open today, too.

We enjoyed complimentary mulled cider or tea with rum, and particularly noticed

Anne Barrell – loved the smoky blue grey ceramics with precious gold shell accents
Ella van Breda – iridescent butterfly prints
James Baker – brooding monochrome charcoal drawing
Louise Dennis – mysterious and dreamlike illustrations referencing fear of the dark

Star Venue 9: 9A Hove Place

Serious and engrossing painting and sculpture are beautifully presented in harmony throughout this terrific apartment. Dainty little pieces and imposing great big statements; the rich textures and earthy tones reminiscent of ancient cultures.

8: Silvia K & Friends ‘Our Room’

Upstairs to this cool, fresh new venue showing smooth ceramics and delicate little sculptural pieces inspired by tools. A modern, enigmatic feel to the work of this group of creative friends.

44: 2 Knoyle

Kate Osborne
Kate Osborne

Terrific variety and inspirations in this 1930s open house with fab shed / ceramics workshop in the garden.

Angela Evans – fun, detailed and colourful kitchen vegetable-inspired ceramic tiles
Donna Davidson – feather wall hangings and glittered trimmings
Kate Osborne – glowing watercolours of birds, bees and animals
Couldn’t see a credit for the cute family of knitted Clangers, but they caught my eye!

Tea and Victoria sponge in the gazebo £2.00.

Star Venue: 38: Glass In Fusion

Stephanie Else
Stephanie Else

Stephanie Else now offers glass workshops and a newly developed website at

Standouts included magnificent wall pieces and platters in frozen ocean slices, all bubbles and captured foam, lots of little gift ideas; pretty iridescent jewellery, miniature bowls and light-catching window hangings plus her signature glass snowflakes.

Guest Evelyn Day is also showing some spectacular Chocadyllic chocolate art

36: 99

A hive of creative crafting and making activity, with jewellry, bags, prints, food and skincare gifts, textiles and willow wreaths too.


Jo Brook – silver flower pendants
Nikki Ward – butterflies and birds in 3D flight
Hoity Toity – dainty classically inspired earrings

37: The Dragonfly House

Walk downstairs under the sign of the dragonfly to this lovely kitchen with open fire – the perfect lifestyle! Lots to see here, including

Sarah Aplin – steampunk jewellry and hats
Kathy Laird – indoor and garden-friendly ceramics

17: Art Across the Line

Prezzie bunting, the scent of mulled wine and the family ‘at home’ welcome us into a house that loves painting and print. Something for everyone.

43: Forty Two

As night fell we visited our last house of the weekend, to see fashions, banners, publishing and print. Vintage-style elegance with embroidered and beaded dresses and knitwear, witty sayings on banners and prints and quirky independent books made a satisfying end to our first Christmas 2014 Artists’ Open Houses weekend.


Second weekend

The Wolf At The Door

We began with a pop up one-weekend-only show at The Wolf At The Door, a well established Hove venue, not in the brochure. Together with gifts, jewellery and small scale paintings in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere, The Beach Hut writers group presented a table of novels and non fiction [I bought one].

Jill Tattersall – wintry Brighton scenes, especially the Leap Year Walk assemblage
Campoli and Nelson – sleekly modern silver and glass jewellry

14: Tessa Wolf Murray & Guests

Tessa’s well known open house showcases her distinguished ceramics work. Larger vases, wall plaques and clocks team with jewellry, quirky buttons and cards with their own little sparkly ceramic brooches.
Fleur Grenier – small scale pewter Christmas decorations and vases, and I loved the lavish pewter mistletoe hanging spray
Cliff Wright – the ‘Harry Potter’ cover artist showing some captivating children’s book illustrations
Mulled wine for a donation to Amnesty

18: Cecil Rice

Cecil Rice
Cecil Rice

Another well established house, watercolour artist Cecil Rice captures sun, light, buildings and sea in his almost – deserted studies inspired by his travels to India and Venice, and his home town of Brighton and Hove. Some new wintry scenes, plus prints, training courses and DVDs for Christmas.

19: Art at Wick Hall

Through St Anne’s Wells Gardens to 1930s Poirot country now, at this elegant Art Deco apartment block. Along the painting-lined hall to vintage jewellry designs, multicoloured clusters of tiny enamelled copper bowls and some more mulled wine.

21: Christmas Boutique

Always fun, this friendly haven of craft and vintage style is hung with bunting and reclaimed flowered china mosaics, with Kate Brinsley’s miniature ceramic village pieces, Christmas decorations and tableware the star of the show.

22: Antfox Gallery

John Hancock
John Hancock

The brochure should read ‘former Embassy Cinema’ – this row of houses and a shop was once one of Hove’s many little cinemas, now converted to modern living. The shape of the cinema entrance can just be seen in the sitting room of this open house, featuring witty takes on old masters. Loved John Hancock’s tranquil nude ‘A Mirror In Brussels’ A glass of wine and a chat with owner and cat before moving on.

23: Mews Art Studio

Tucked away next to St Andrew’s church opposite the Iron Duke pub is this busy working studio/workshop, mainly showing ceramics, together with jewellry, paintings, photography and prints. Always interesting to see the artists’ workspace and inspirations, too.

End of the second weekend.

The Wolf At The Door

Christmas pop up weekend

6th and 7th December 11 – 6

WATD 2 Beach Hut Writers

Christmas pop up weekend

6th and 7th December 11 – 6

49 Hove Park Villas Hove BN3 6HH

All welcome, whether Scrooge or Croesus

Christmas presents for all

Local artists, writers, craftsmen present

paintings – jewellery – glass – crafts

books for adults and children

[and more that we don’t yet know about]


Cecil Rice

Christmas Open House Exhibition 2014

Cecil Rice
Christmas Open House Exhibition 2014

Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 5pm

14 Granville Road, Hove BN3 1TG

29th/30th November,
6th/7th and 13th/14th December

We’d be delighted to see you at Cecil’s second Christmas Open House Exhibition. Cecil will again be re-surfacing briefly from his annual winter hibernation to welcome you to his home.

Cecil is putting the finishing touches to a small, but sparkling exhibition of inspiring watercolours and a set of three new limited edition prints, The Brighton Collection’, available at a special introductory price.   These new prints and selected watercolours are currently online and available for purchase via

Best viewed using a desktop, laptop or large tablet screen.

There will also be a selection of gift ideas; gift vouchers for watercolour workshops, a coffee table book, a painting DVD, and a selection of limited edition silkscreen prints and cards.

Click here for directions to venue

Christmas Open Studios Show at New England House

11th 12th and 13th December 2014


Christmas Open Studios Show at New England House
New England House, which houses the studios of over 50 artists and makers, is a centre for some of the most exciting talent in Brighton. The studios at New England House will open to the public for three days this December – giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy an exciting alternative to high street Christmas shopping.

Open Studios Show at New England House 

New England Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4GH

New England House, which houses the studios of over 50 artists and makers, is a centre for some of the most exciting talent in Brighton. The studios at New England House will open to the public for three days this December – giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy an exciting alternative to high street Christmas shopping.

Free Entry   12 noon – 8pm

Thursday  11th,  Friday  12th  &  Saturday  13th December  2014

Beautifully hand crafted items will be on sale direct from the artists and makers; and browsers and purchasers will be able to talk to them, as well as enjoying the opportunity to select some really special gifts for Christmas. Items displayed for sale will include drawings, paintings, illustrations, prints, etchings, photographic art, sculpture, 3D objects, mixed media, 3D body scanning & printing, interactive artworks, ceramics, pottery, home wares, jewellery, cards, stationery, artist books, natural skin care products, textiles, knit wares, accessories, baby and children’s clothes, wooden gifts, stocking fillers and lots more..  Mulled wine and mince pies will be served.

The artists and makers at New England House have produced gorgeous, high quality gifts with individuality – and many are unique items. When you make purchases from New England House, you will be supporting the wealth of creativity in our wonderful city.  (Please be aware that most exhibitors cannot take card payments.)

We very much look forward to seeing you.

Best Wishes

For further details please visit: 


Telephone:  07900 678707

Exhibitor List

Level 3            North Side   (New England Street Main Entrance is on Level 3)

Linda Finch  –  Bird Chatter Pottery & Ceramic Gifts
Liz Schwarz  –  Ceramic & Jewellery Art Pieces
Special Delivery Cards  –  3D Animal Cards for all Occasions
Purepotions Skincare  –  Natural Skin Care Products
Jake Spicer  –  Life Drawings  & Oil Paintings 
Mary Martin – Etchings & Drawings  
Shelley Morrow  –  Hand Stitched Drawings
Milo Hartnoll –  Figurative Oil Paintings

Level 4            North Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Rosalie Hoskins – Illustrated Wares
Metta Eggs – Loving Kindness Revealed
Maker Club – 3D Printed Maker Kits
3Dify – 3D Body Scanning & Printing

Level 4            South Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Sue Haseltine  –  Prints & Small Ceramics
Torba  –  Bags, Scarves & Personalised Cushions

Level 5            North Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Nangle Knits – Handmade Knitwear
Kriya Designs – Crochet Jewellery & Cosmetics
Xray Bex Art – Bleach & Ink Images
Rowena Gilbert   –  Contemporary Ceramics
Ken Eardley   –  Handbuilt Functional Ceramics
Simon Mathews   –  Handthrown Ceramics
Hickory Dickory   –  Handcrafted Wooden Gifts
Angela Evans  –  Handmade Ceramic Tiles
Gina Ellis   –  Christmas Cards & Stocking Fillers 
Joanna Martin – Mixed Media Surfaces
Amanda Doughty  –  Contemporary Jewellery 
Mary Fellows – TeaTowels, Mugs & Cufflinks
Harvey & John – Interactive Artworks

Level 5            South Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Raw Gaia Beauty Ltd  –  100% Pure Organic Skincare
Sam Williams  –   Screen Prints
Mark Bristow – Photograhic Art
James Peter Field – Books, Illustrations & Prints
Rea Stavropoulos  –  Paintings & Drawings

Level 6            North Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Cadi Froehlich  –  Sculptures & Drawings 
Lauren Alderslade  –  Paintings & Drawings
Emma O’Neill  –  Abstract Landscape Painting
Anette Gidlöf  –  Jewellery
Dupenny  –  Retro Curious Wallpaper, Prints, Homewares
John Moore  –  Contemporary Jewellery
Cara Tonkin  –  Contemporary Jewellery

Level 6            South Side   (Accessible by Lift or Outside Stairwell)

Nnuroj  –  Non-conventional Knit-Wares
Hania  –  Contemporary Jewellery
Beach Shack Project – Sea Glass Beach Jewellery
Liz & Pip  –  Greetings Cards, Stationery & Gifts
Bob & Blossom  –  Children’s Wear 
René de Lange – Silk Accessories & Cards – Furnishings, Objects & Gifts
Sukie  –   Notebooks, Hankies, Bags, Gifts


Made Brighton 2014

MADE BRIGHTON – The Design and Craft Fair

21st – 23rd November, 2014

Corn Exchange


MADE BRIGHTON – The Design and Craft Fair

21st – 23rd November, 2014

MADE BRIGHTON is the city’s annual contemporary craft and design fair which takes place in November in the historic Dome, Corn Exchange. The fair offers the public the opportunity to buy original and exceptional pieces of craft and design direct from the designer / makers and has become firmly established as a friendly, accessible and top quality event.  MADE BRIGHTON welcomes over 5500 visitors; collectors, galleries, curators and of course Christmas shoppers,  many of whom return year on year knowing that the work on show is well worth viewing.

MADE BRIGHTON showcases over 100 makers and designers; from unique glassware to luxurious textiles, functional ceramics to dazzling jewellery, beautiful furniture to quirky accessories, there is something for everyone. A full list of exhibitors can be seen here.. Work is priced between £10 and £1500,  providing the perfect opportunity to shop for unique gifts as well as perhaps finding that ‘can’t live without’ item! A café provides a place for visitors to relax and take refreshment.

We are delighted that basket maker and willow artist, Annemarie O’Sullivan, will be showing and demonstrating her amazing work in the foyer at MADE BRIGHTON. Annemarie makes baskets and loves to transfer the traditional skills of basket making into larger woven forms. We can’t wait to see what she brings!


MADE BRIGHTON – The Design and Craft Fair

21st  – 23rd  November, 2014

Friday 21st November 11am – 7:30pm

Saturday 22nd November  10am – 6pm

Sunday, 23rd November  10am – 5pm

The Dome Corn Exchange, Church Street, Brighton, BN1 1UD

Tickets £6.50 on the door.  Children under 14 free

Travel direct to Brighton from London Victoria by train

10 minute walk from Brighton station

For more information please visit the MADE BRIGHTON website

Coast Magazine celebrates the UK seaside in all its glory and is an avid supporter of craft and design –

Annemarie O’Sullivan –

For press information or images please contact Anne-Marie Shepherd on

Brighton Art Fair 2014

We visit this year’s buzzing Private View

The artists and works of the year

Brighton Art Fair 2014
Brighton Art Fair 2014
  • Thursday 25th September 6.00pm – 8.30pm (ticket only)
  • Friday, 26th September  11.00am – 7.30pm
  • Saturday, 27th September  10.00am – 6.00pm
  • Sunday, 28th September  10.00am – 5.00pm

We guested at a buzzing private view at Brighton Corn Exchange, enjoying champagne and wide ranging conversations with artists and friends as we explored this year’s exhibition.

The highlight of this year’s show:

Angela Perrin
Angela Perrin

Angela Perrin –  Misty, ethereal watercolours on canvas evoked the woodlands of Rackham and Tolkien, fairy tale and myth … a sense of mystery and fantasy just beneath the glowy surface


Other artists and works of note:

Emilie Essel – Sparkly, pretty, glittery [yes, and that’s a good thing] world light maps and galaxies on black velvet
Dinah Dufton – Delicate, wafting flower drifts
Tim Slatter – ‘Frangipane Tree’, an oriental branch on shattered gold leaf
Tracy Florance – A photographer with a great eye for colour, pattern and form
Lilia Umana-Clarke – Tall slender ceramics, earthy colours, rough textures, mysterious long-ear creatures
Carole A Sheldrake – Cuban mansions complete with little balconies in 3D ceramic; a Shakespearian stage set in faded elegance

Blaze Cyan
Blaze Cyan

Blaze Cyan – Etched ancient gnarly trees and wintry monochrome landscapes
Polly Finch – Delicate scalpel paper cuts, airy detailed storytelling inspired by nature and outdoor fun
Teresa Winchester – Linoprinted fairy tales and animal legends in rich colour and assured line
Tony Feld – Oils on board in photorealistic detail, observing wildlife and the world
Carol Naylor – Shimmering machine-embroidered landscapes in luscious silks

Leila Godden
Leila Godden

Leila Godden – Sea, sky and cloud, reflection and light in cool, muted, layered acrylic tones
Guy Holder – Witty, flattened 3D ceramic figures and bird wall pieces

Brighton Art Fair has, for over ten years, been bringing 100 of the brightest and best contemporary visual artists from Sussex and around the country to exhibit at the Brighton Dome – Corn Exchange.

Brighton Art Fair is the largest annual art exhibition on the South Coast and enables artists across all media to sell their work to the public, building a relationship with buyers, potential buyers, galleries and curators. The fair selects the most talented painters, printmakers, photographers and sculptors along with artist groups and Sussex based galleries.

Naked Eye Gallery private view

We visit the Naked Eye private view

A friendly Bohemian atmosphere at the private view, with red wine and good conversation in this fairy-lit old mews and stables in the heart of Hove. Talked with artist Jill Tattersall who is exhibiting at the show.

Many Brighton and Hove-inspired works, with paintings, drawings, photography and collage stacked and hung floor to ceiling. Plenty at discounted prices, and there’s a sense of urgency that they will be snapped up quickly.

I noted a delicate green flower study, a pen and ink drawing of the Pavilion on rough edged textured paper, and some large scale land and seascapes. I’d have liked to see information about the artists, though.