Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses Festival – some tour suggestions
Spokesperson Esme Lynch said: “During the month of May (weekends only), thousands of artists will open their homes and studios across the city and beyond to exhibit a dizzying array of paintings, photographs , ceramics, crafts and more, giving festival-goers an exclusive insight into how artists live and work.
“Alongside an exceptionally brilliant line-up of artists’ homes and studios, this year’s festival is a celebration of forty years of Brighton and Hove’s Open Houses movement. It is also a commemoration of its founder, Ned Hoskins, who, forty years ago, created a movement allowing access to art for all, by simply opening his front door Fiveways and inviting the public inside to see his work. Open house trails are now happening across the country and beyond, but it all started here with a man who decided to remove the invisible barriers that kept people from entering art galleries and invite them to see art in a domestic setting.
“The Artists’ Open House has evolved into not only the original, but the largest and most respected event of its kind, now encompassing the entire city, reaching out into the surrounding countryside.
“For the 40th anniversary, a series of special exhibitions connect through the theme Towards the Light, taken from a title of one of Ned’s paintings and reflecting his concerns with nature and the natural world.
“The exhibitions include works by students, emerging artists, neuro-diverse and learning disabled artists, established HAE artists and some of the early members of the Fiveways artist group; Work is featured at the Townhouse and Regency Basement in Brunswick Square, Devils Dyke Farm and the Old Market. Accompanying the exhibits, an oral history film explores the history and legacy of the artists’ open house movement.
“In forty years, the Artists’ Open House has become a major artistic event that embraces the entire community, encompassing all generations, from school children to residents of a center for the elderly, from artists at the start of their career to those of renown national. . Visiting artists in their homes and studios, seeing amazing works of art, meeting artists and creators, learning how the work is made and what inspires its creators, is always a great day out. Many open days offer tea and cakes in the artists’ gardens. Explore the city and travel to the surrounding villages, meet the artists, buy new works of art for your home; artists’ open days offer enlightenment, inspiration and fun! »
· Artists’ Open House 22 Artists’ exhibition brochure cover: Gary [email protected] Old Market
Gary Goodman is a painter and poet who works from a shed at the bottom of his garden. Gary has exhibited his paintings and prints and performed his poetry all over the world: from the icy wastes of Norway and Alaska to the warmth of New Zealand and the southern states of the United States.
Gary teaches at various colleges and universities and runs drawing, painting and printmaking workshops. He loves animals and thunderstorms and many other things, often producing his best work when bored.
Gary’s work has a strength and a rawness; his imagery is resoundingly direct, indifferent to artistic self-awareness and politeness; rude, rude but sensitive. His art speaks of another world born from this world. A world you might not want to look at because it seems eternally wintry, cold and dreary. But there is an unbearable attraction, a familiarity and a desire.
Gary will also exhibit his prints and paintings at Art at 21 in the Seven Dials route. garygoodman.wordpress.com
Waterloo Room, The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove BN3 1AS. Check website for opening hours www.theoldmarket.com
Figment Arts Studio Artists: An artists’ Open Houses festival exhibition at a new pop-up venue, Devils Dyke Farm
As part of AOH’s 40th anniversary exhibitions, artists from Figment Arts Studio respond to the theme Towards the Light, a title taken from a painting by Ned Hoskins, founder of the Open Houses movement. Using different mediums, the exhibition includes poetry, illustration, photography, performance art and screen work.
The Figment Arts Studio is a group of autistic, learning disabled and neuro-diverse artists. They worked together remotely in 2020 for an Artist Open Houses exhibition at SOLD’s storefront in Shoreham-by-Sea. This new chapter of the studio project brings the band together in person, working from their new space in Lawrence’s art studio in Hove.
Exhibiting artists: Sarah Watson, Ryan Medlock, William Hanekom, Eleana Button, Debbie Caulfield, Richard Channer.
Devils Dyke Farm, Devils Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YL
Weekends 7-29 May 11.00-17.00
Towards the Light: An Exhibition of Works by Current HAE Artists
The theme of this exhibition, Towards the Light, is taken from the title of one of Of Ned Hoskins’ paintings. The exhibition invited submissions, related to the theme, from all artists participating in this year’s Artists Open Houses festival.
Ned was clearly inspired by the environment, seeking out nature and places to walk as much as possible; from his early days at Harrogate School of Art where he painted on the Yorkshire Moors, to his time in California, Europe and more locally where his work was frequently inspired by the South Downs. As we all look to brighter times after the recent restrictions, Ned’s work, actions and legacy offer a fabulous opportunity to remember how important it is to take risks, to make art and work with your community.
Upstairs @ The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH
From May 7 to 29, Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· HAE 40th Anniversary exhibition of work by students from the University of Brighton. To the light
The exhibition at the Regency Town House Basement features works by four current students of the University of Brighton Fine Art course. Artists employ a diversity of forms of artistic practice when addressing contemporary topics of relationships, migration, the value of workers, and considerations of identity.
The artists are Sara Paowana, Melanie Woodward, Finn Gayton and Megan Ryan.
The Regency townhouse basement, housekeepers room and servants room
10 Brunswick Place, Hove, BN3 1EH
May 7 to 29: Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· Exhibition of early Fiveways artists and oral history film
In the early 1980s Brighton, then as now, was home to an amazing community of visual artists. Some of these artists had opened their studios to the public as part of the Open Studios movement of the 70s, but none had previously opened their homes. It was a rebellious and democratic movement. Not all artists had studios, but all had homes. For artists, it was about taking control of their own curation, selling their own work, and providing the opportunity to exhibit their work in a city with few such opportunities. It was a reaction against the perception of “high culture” parachuted into the city, unaware of the quieter, perhaps more personal, and equally interesting work that was going on in the city.
In 1982, Ned Hoskins opened his home for the first time; he was joined by two or three other artists, living in neighboring houses, the following year. Soon, the group Fiveways was formed.
This exhibition shows the work of some of the early Open House pioneers who all lived in the Fiveways area of Brighton; a whole different area then from now on. The accompanying oral history film hears these artists talk about why they invited the public to their homes, what they learned and experienced; how their practices as artists have changed through more direct dialogue with their audiences. How the open doors of artists have played an important role in their lives.
The concept of artists’ open doors has been described as a gallery without walls. These artists tell us what it was like in the beginning to live behind these open doors.
Downstairs @ The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove, BN3 1EH
From May 7 to 29, Fridays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.