Open studios, art festivals and other events for 2011

Artists and makers reviving empty space

Summer 2011

Stalls 38 and 39 The Open Market Brighton East Sussex

Artists and makers reviving empty space

compARTment is a collective of artists, crafts people and social entrepreneurs from the slack space movement in Brighton who are looking to revitalize large empty/disused sites in the city.

compARTment aspire to transform these spaces into interim workshop and event spaces for learning, collaboration, work and community involvement.

compARTment will not only revive the empty site, but will draw positive attention to the property owner, the surrounding neighbourhood, local businesses and to the city itself.

Visit the website for news of upcoming events
21 – 24 July 2011

Art In Action

Waterperry House and Gardens, Waterperry, Nr Wheatley, Oxon

Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work, Art in Action was born.

In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part and 14,000 visitors arrived. Today Art in Action welcomes approximately 25,000 people over four days. Visitors come to learn, buy and enjoy, the exhibitions, classes and performances of 400 demonstrating artists, designer- makers, teachers, musicians and performers. Disciplines include painting, sculpture, glass, woodwork, textiles, ceramics, metalwork and jewellery.

The event aims to:
Create a relaxed and friendly environment where artists and craftspeople can demonstrate and discuss their techniques with the public.
Present high standards of artistic skill and creative design.
Show the range of possibilities that exist in each artistic field.
Bring together accepted masters and young beginners.
Create a concentrated display of talent that inspires all.
Broaden the knowledge and understanding of traditional arts and craft skills of other countries.
Support the artist community with a high quality event that will encourage purchases and commissions.

18th/19th June, 25th/26th June, 2nd/3rd July 2011

Worthing Artists’ Open Houses

37 venues throughout the town over three summer weekends

Open 11am – 5pm


5th – 19th June 2011

Adur Festival: Adur Art Trail

From Friday 3rd June to Sunday 19th June 2011, the Adur District will come alive with over 100 varied events, performances, exhibitions, workshops, arts and entertainment for all the family – truly a fortnight of fun and festivities.

2011 is the 24th year of Adur Festival. The first festival in June 1987 comprised a few events and entertainment by local artists in Southwick, Shoreham and Lancing but quickly grew into the two weeks of June when Adur is alive with arts, performances, gigs, exhibitions, workshops, taster sessions, walks, concerts and many other events throughout the district.

Adur Festival is more than an ‘Arts’ festival as during the 24 years other events have become established events: World Oceans Day, the Food and Drink Festival, open days at Sussex Yacht Club, Southwick Indoor Bowling Club, International Neighbours Day, Donkey Derby, Lancing Carnival and an Environment Festival.

The Festival has something for everyone so use this Festival website and the Festival Guide to find the events you want see or take part in, and join in when Adur comes alive again this year

Adur Art Trail / Open Houses gives a chance to view local artists’ works in various venues and private houses around the district.

Most houses are open weekends only, and opening times can vary. Check the trail map at the website for details.

We were unable to visit the open houses at the weekends, but did visit some of the venues showing the work of local artists.

The Shoreham Centre is hosting a wall of art in the lobby throughout the festival. See especially the work of Val Chandler; watercolours of the ocean, high tides, waves and sea spray; and Mary Hooper’s acrylics and mixed media landscapes, all dreamy hazy light, water and sky.

The Marlipins Museum is showing an exhibition of hand- and machine-embroidered textile art and fashion accessories. Abstract designs inspired by the natural world and the changing seasons by Debbie Hammond, Jacque Hardcastle, Amelia Leigh and Janis Parle.

St Mary de Haura church in the centre of Shoreham presents ‘Stirrings of the Spirit’, an eclectic mixed media show celebrating the theme of Pentecost, with something for everyone here. Most memorable were wood-turner Peter A Brown’s burr dish, Tom Aylwin’s tactile undulating-topped wooden chest and Marcus Finch’s raku ceramics inspired by the landscape, especially Chanctonbury Ring, while of the paintings, we particularly noticed theatre scenic artist Annie Hargreaves’ painting ‘Stirrings in Stillness’, a mysterious figure in a dark woodland setting, and Karolyn Mnich’s relief printing seascapes.


5th – 19th June 2011

Art at the Airport 2011 [Part of Adur Festival]

A lively and vibrant exhibition of original work at Shoreham Airport’s Art Deco terminal building

Open every day 10am – 7pm

Featuring work by many artists including some recent exhibitors in the Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses event during the May 2011 Brighton Festival


3rd – 19th June 2011

South East Open Studios

Every year in June, artists and craftspeople across south east England open their doors to the public. It is a unique opportunity to meet, talk to and see them at work as part of the South East Open Studios event.

A wide range of work will be on show from traditional oil and watercolours to ceramics, textiles and fine metalwork. The event will be free to the public and a full colour guide will be published in May that includes a description of each artist’s work with contact details, travel directions and maps.


12th – 18th June 2011

 Lymington Arts Festival

Lymington, Hampshire

Artists, designers, educators, makers and performers will involve the local community in a plethora of arts activities, including visual arts exhibitions, music, performance, poetry and school events.


3rd – 5th June 2011

Untitled Art Fair

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road London


Friday 3rd June – 5.3Opm – 9pm – Private View
Saturday 4th June – 1Oam – 7pm – Free
Sunday 5th June – 11am – 5pm – Free

Featuring work by many artists including some recent exhibitors in the Brighton and Hove Artists’ Open Houses event during the May 2011 Brighton Festival.

We attended the Untitled Art Fair as guests at the private view the night before its official opening. The Town Hall is spectacular; take a look up at the ceiling if you can. The art is closely crammed together and the venue rather hot and crowded, but still we managed to discover some real highlights:

Tony Feld – Original oil paintings and giclee prints. Photo-realistic delicately observed paintings, featuring Brighton seafront and cliff-nesting birds.

James Yates – Large-scale ‘Fantasy Forests’ in striking black and white oils with occasional touches of red, built up on a black canvas. James had already sold three pieces so far that evening.

Faye Jolley – Equestrian art, oil on canvas. Horses bursting out of the mist.

Neil Williams – Cinematic monochrome London cityscape photography.

Terence Russell – Oils and acrylics. Still lifes and industrial landscapes in rich colour and shadows.

Tamsin Dearing – Minutely detailed fine art pencil portraiture.

Caroline McCready – Oil on canvas. Abstract leafy / wood shaving shapes curling round each other. Colour and curving shapes.

Robin Eckardt – Mixed media paintings often on a massive scale [here only smaller works are showing]. Landscape, seas and city scenes in warm glowing tones and crystal resin shimmer.

Cecil Rice – Watercolour scenes of Venice. Memories of rich glowing colours, warm stone, hazy air, sunlight and water.

Troy Ohlson – Landscapes, skies and wildlife, acrylics, collographs and prints

Victoria Fontaine-Wolf – Artist and portraitist in oils, pastels, half-pastel, and conte red chalk. Intelligent, serene and ‘speaking’ portraits.

Alexander Korzer-Robinson – Wall-pieces as intriguing books housing miniature theatrical sets created from flat images gathered from old encyclopaedias

Eliot Siegel – Fine art photography, printing and portraiture


20th May – 5th June 2011

PAW – Purbeck Art Weeks Festival 2011

Artists’ open studios, concerts, films and lectures around the Wareham, Swanage and West Lulworth Dorset coast.