You’ll recognise this house by the large sundial over the front door. The owners are members of the British Sundial Society and this house is showing a fascinating exhibition all about them – how they work, their history and style, plus a selection of mosaic, glass, silver, wood and card dials.
99 is a house full of crafts, textiles, photography, fashion and food. A break in the day’s trailing with tea and a slice of Victoria sponge [£3] in the pretty vintage tea garden, with a needlework summer house at the bottom.
The Wealden Potters have opened a pop up independent house at 97 Ditchling Rise. A real independent, with Jennifer Wood’s paintings in the house and a fascinating wild wood garden, home to several summer houses showing examples of the potters’ work.
There is quite a theme this year for 3D boxed pieces inspired by the natural world; here Frances Bloomfield’s “Dreamboxes” suspended tree shapes evoke designs for theatre and fantasy film sets. Remembering childhood shadowboxes for little treasures, Alice Walton shows skewed ceramic shadow boxed feathers and cotton reels.
The Dragonfly House, easily identified by the huge dragonfly sculpture clinging to the wall, is celebrating twenty years as a major player in the AOH event. Artists and collectors Angie Meaden-Bonnel and Marc Bonnel are joined by friends all inspired by the theme of nature and the British countryside.
Enter downstairs via the smart kitchen, into the conservatory and courtyard then upstairs to enjoy the full show. Angie Meaden-Bonnel works in golden ink on black backgrounds to create her timeless landscapes, including the elegant and enigmatic “The Old Way.” Litterbug Mark Oliver’s fantastical insect creatures and Linsey Oliver’s country scenes using poetry, text, trees and skies add a striking 3D element to the show.
Standing stones, landscape, living things … all the natural inspiration for this highly recommended event.
Next to New England House, which has several times invited the visitor to explore many of the studios on its multi levels to meet the artists and their work. Sadly, only a fraction of the building is open this time, with a much reduced small sampler show on the ground floor. Enjoyed a rather good cream tea [£2.50] and bought one of SDC’s gorgeous 3D animal cards, admiring Jake Spicer’s superb life drawings. Spicer offers his Draw life classes at his studio here.
To Beyond the Level 8 Rosehill Terrace , and one of the best little gardens in Brighton. Ceramics, jewellery, digital installation, paintings and glass pieces to admire at this characterful house, several times shortlisted for the Best Open House award. See Louisa Crispin’s natural world etchings, especially the Owl, and the atmospherically paint-spattered artist’s studio upstairs.
A working studio home, full of ceramics, textiles, painting and print, and to the kitchen appropriately for ceramic tiles, pottery and home wares. A case full of petite smoke fired raku pieces by Judith Fisher and Tiffany Lynch’s pastel coloured acrylic woodland scene paintings were the stars.