Dyke Road Arts: The Cat House

Dyke Road Arts: The Cat House

Jill Christie
Jill Christie
The Cat House [7]. Up some serious steps to a welcome cold drink at the top, and into a mid-Victorian house [original-features and great-view hawks will appreciate this one]. Particularly liked Jill Christie’s blue-green ceramics collection, from sweet little egg separators and egg cups to big imposing vases.

Dyke Road Arts: The Holistic House

Dyke Road Arts: The Holistic House

Claire Johnson
Claire Johnson

A new Dyke Road Arts house, The Holistic House [10]. My first note was “Wow!” This house needs to be seen. Set rather further out from the main trail than the map would suggest, the whole house has a spiritual feeling and it’s worth the walk.

The sculpture lawn drifts into surrounding woodland and is peopled with willowy figures by Ginger Gilmor. Then into the sitting room, a quiet haven for Hellen Morris-Clarke’s jewellery and live music. The hall hosts Gill Orsman’s photography, and bright embellished fantasy paintings by Claire Johnson.

To finish, a smart kitchen complete with waitresses serves afternoon tea. [One small jam and cream scone and tea is £3. A thought … perhaps better not to serve the jam and cream on top of the paper napkin, though]

Dyke Road Arts: The Dog House

Dyke Road Arts: The Dog House

Rhoda Baker
Rhoda Baker
The Dog House [5] is back after a year off. Rhoda Kay Baker’s sculptural white paperscapes, cut and folded hanging pieces catch the light and shade and Linda Calvert’s translucent white ceramic lamps inspired by wet sand on beaches caught the eye. Upstairs to the loft studio for cream teas [£3] before heading for home.

Dyke Road Arts: 56 Tivoli Crescent

Dyke Road Arts: 56 Tivoli Crescent

56 Tivoli Crescent
56 Tivoli Crescent
 Then round to 56 Tivoli Crescent [8], the house on the side of a hill with two storeys invisible from the front. A room full of Chris Hill’s pastel acrylic Brighton scenes echoed the house’s fabulous views over the whole city.

Dyke Road Arts: The Trojan House

Dyke Road Arts: The Trojan House

Troy Ohlson
Troy Ohlson
The Trojan House [9] is hosted by artist Troy Ohlson. Her new pieces, including a quartet of bright acrylic landscapes, join her established wildlife work. I was very taken with two moonlit paintings; “Doves in Love”, a muted night time image and the striking “Midsummer Evening Hyde Park”. Guests include Howard Young, whose Maltese stone carving “Within” looked superb in the garden.

Hove Arts: The Wolf at the Door

Hove Arts: The Wolf at the Door

Campoli & Nelson
Campoli & Nelson
 The Wolf at the Door [6] has just had a new extension built. Destined to be the new kitchen, for the festival it’s a light airy gallery space. Highlights include owner Jill Tattersall’s handmade paper painting [I liked “Vitis Vinifera” very much] and Campoli & Nelson’s sinuous silver and bright glass pieces.

Hove Arts: Polish and Pin

Hove Arts: Polish and Pin

Anne French
Anne French
Polish and Pin [7] is a house dedicated to reclaiming, re-imagining,and recreating works from re-cycled objects. The house is full to the brim with plenty to see and buy; I particularly noticed Anne French’s superhero contemporary decoupage furniture and Carola del Mes’ vintage teapots recreated as lamps and clocks. 

2013 Hove Arts: Collectors’ Selection

Hove Arts: Collectors’ Selection

Olivia Ferrier
Olivia Ferrier
Next on to Collectors’ Selection [5], a great favourite. This effortlessly civilised and beautifully presented house is the home of some serious sculpture and a wealth of paintings.

To the conservatory and garden for the sculpture trail, where I found Olivia Ferrier’s rackety, raggedy black bronze ravens and wanted the whole flock of them. The ground floor features pleasures everywhere you look, especially Hazel Reeve’s white plaster head “Adam”. Then on and up for Diane Brandrett’s delicate window views and folding screen, and a celebration of the life and work of the late Cyril Mount. This house is consistently excellent, always a highlight.

2013 Hove Arts: 49a Hova Villas

Hove Arts: 49a Hova Villas

Andrew James Hofmeyr
Andrew James Hofmeyr
Saturday 4th May Staying with Hove Arts for now, after a rainy breakfast in Hove, our first visit was to a newcomer, 49a Hova Villas [3] to meet South African artist Andrew James Hofmeyr at home. A charming touch was the avenue of umbrellas suspended overhead leading us into his garden flat, which has perhaps one of the best garden features in town – the church next door.

Two very different styles to enjoy here, reminiscent of the best children’s book illustrations: first, the large scale paintings on mellowed recycled scaffolding board. Featuring domestic Brighton terraces, half-familiar landmarks and little glimpses into windows, the works are haunted by ever-present foxes and gulls. We share the city with wildlife and Hofmeyr’s work celebrates the connection.

At the other end of the scale, I also loved “Spring Fox”, an intricate black and white line drawing of a fox and ducks in the countryside.