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Artists statement - artists' open houses

artists' open houses

Artists statement

The Artful Fox: photo Jerry Webb

Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses (AOH) provide a great opportunity to view unique work in artists’ homes and studios and to buy directly from the artist or maker.

Coming soon: further details of Artists Open Houses past, present ... and future.

The Artful Fox: photo Jerry Webb

Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses (AOH) provide a great opportunity to view unique work in artists’ homes and studios and to buy directly from the artist or maker.

Coming soon: further details of Artists Open Houses past, present ... and future.

 

The Latest Homes Best Open House Award

Award presented by Andrew Kay - Creative Director Latest Homes 

The winner of the Latest Best Open House Award: The Ceramic House

 

Artists Open Houses (AOH) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country. By becoming a Friend of AOH, your membership provides valuable support for artists taking part in the Artists Open Houses festival, helping to keep costs affordable for artists at all stages of their careers, including school and students and marginalised artists.

As a not for profit company that currently receives no public funding, AOH relies on your support. Your donation of £15 will help to keep the costs of participating down, so that artists who otherwise would not be able to afford to, can take part - thanks to you!

As a Friend of AOH you will receive the following benefits for a full twelve months:

  • An Artists Open Houses brochure sent to your address for both the May and Christmas AOH festivals
  • E-newsletters in the run up to and during the AOH festivals
  • Your name listed on our Friends section of the AOH website
  • Invitations to the AOH launch party, the Open House @ Exhibition private view, Awards Night Event and other VIP events

If you would like to become a Friend of AOH – or if you are already a Friend and would like to renew your Friendship for a further year please contact us on: info@aoh.org.uk

Please check the details and position of your venue in the 2013 leaflet map.
The proof will now be available until midday next Thursday, 7th March  for viewing and corrections.

Please note that this is a proof for the leaflet which contains maps, venue address, web or email or phone and a thumbnail image only.

The brochure proof which contains full venue listings will be online to check very soon.

Download the PDF file using the link below. The file may take a few seconds to download, please be patient.

Once downloaded, open the pdf in Acrobat viewer and check your entry details. (The flat size of the leaflet is A2, so you may need to scroll up and down to find your venue).

Once you have carefully checked your details, please post any amendments in the form below.

If your details are all as they should be and there are no changes you wish to make, please type 'none' in the form.

You may find that there is slight blurring on images, this is because a higher resolution pdf would create a file too large to be easily downloaded. The images are all print resolution and will appear sharp when printed.

NB It will be assumed that if no comments are recorded in the form, everything is correct to go to print. AOH cannot take responsibility for errors which have not been indicated.

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Artists Open Houses (AOH) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country. By becoming a Friend of AOH, your membership provides valuable support for artists taking part in the Artists Open Houses festival, helping to keep costs affordable for artists at all stages of their careers, including school and students and marginalised artists.

As a not for profit company that currently receives no public funding, AOH relies on your support. Your donation of £15 will help to keep the costs of participating down, so that artists who otherwise would not be able to afford to, can take part - thanks to you!

As a Friend of AOH you will receive the following benefits for a full twelve months:

  • An Artists Open Houses brochure sent to your address for both the May and Christmas AOH festivals
  • E-newsletters in the run up to and during the AOH festivals
  • Invitations to the AOH launch party, theOpen Exhibition private view, Awards Night Event and other VIP events

If you would like to become a Friend of AOH – or if you are already a Friend and would like to renew your Friendship for a further year please contact us on info@aoh.org.uk

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Artists Open Houses (AOH) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country. By becoming a Friend of AOH, your membership provides valuable support for artists taking part in the Artists Open Houses festival, helping to keep costs affordable for artists at all stages of their careers, including school and students and marginalised artists.

As a not for profit company that currently receives no public funding, AOH relies on your support. Your donation of £15 will help to keep the costs of participating down, so that artists who otherwise would not be able to afford to, can take part - thanks to you!

As a Friend of AOH you will receive the following benefits for a full twelve months:

  • An Artists Open Houses brochure sent to your address for both the May and Christmas AOH festivals
  • E-newsletters in the run up to and during the AOH festivals
  • Invitations to the AOH launch party, theOpen Exhibition private view, Awards Night Event and other VIP events

If you would like to become a Friend of AOH – or if you are already a Friend and would like to renew your Friendship for a further year please contact us on info@aoh.org.uk

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Artists Open Houses (AOH) is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the country. By becoming a Friend of AOH, your membership provides valuable support for artists taking part in the Artists Open Houses festival, helping to keep costs affordable for artists at all stages of their careers, including school and students and marginalised artists.

As a not for profit company that currently receives no public funding, AOH relies on your support. Your donation of £15 will help to keep the costs of participating down, so that artists who otherwise would not be able to afford to, can take part - thanks to you!

As a Friend of AOH you will receive the following benefits for a full twelve months:

  • An Artists Open Houses brochure sent to your address for both the May and Christmas AOH festivals
  • E-newsletters in the run up to and during the AOH festivals
  • Invitations to the AOH launch party, theOpen Exhibition private view, Awards Night Event and other VIP events

If you would like to become a Friend of AOH – or if you are already a Friend and would like to renew your Friendship for a further year please contact us on info@aoh.org.uk

Artists Open Houses

This May will see Brighton and Hove Artists Open Houses (AOH) providing a great opportunity to view unique work in artists’ homes and studios and to buy directly from the artist or maker.

Listings of the Open Houses will be available on the website shortly.

Registration for Open Houses has now closed

The Drawing House: photo Jerry Webb

For general information about Artists Open Houses contact:
 info@aoh.org.uk

If you are interested in sponsoring AOH contact:
Fiona McTernan info@aoh.org.uk

If you would like to advertise in the AOH brochure contact:
Fiona McTernan info@aoh.org.uk

For press and PR contact: 
Bullet PR pandora@bulletpr.co.uk

Website support queries contact:
info@aoh.org.uk

Press May 2014

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Started in 2009, HOUSE is the curated and programmed partner festival to Artists Open Houses and is now established as an important annual contemporary visual arts event in its own right.

HOUSE 2012 delivers new commissions of work from internationally respected British artist David Batchelor, including Brighton Palermo Remix the HOUSE and Brighton Festival co-commission, alongside an exhibition of Batchelor's related works, bringing a major visual arts project to Brighton & Hove during May.

HOUSE 2012 is curated by Celia Davies, Head of Programme, Photoworks.

Registered Houses can no longer edit their listing details.  However you will be able to purchase enhanced listings for the website and banners very shortly.

Started in 2009, HOUSE is the curated and programmed partner festival to Artists Open Houses and is now established as an important annual event in its own right.

HOUSE 2012 delivers a new commission from internationally renowned British artist David Batchelor, in partnership with Brighton Festival, alongside an exhibition of his related works, bringing a major visual arts project to Brighton & Hove during May.

HOUSE 2012 is curated by Celia Davies, Head of Programme, Photoworks.

Open House

Commissions for House 2012

For HOUSE 2012 David Batchelor has produced two major commissions specifically for Brighton & Hove, as well as an intriguing exhibtion of his related works. New commissions include Skip and the Brighton Festival co-commission Brighton Palermo Remix.

As Lead Artist, Batchelor has also influenced the selection and development of five satellite commissions that make up HOUSE Festival 2012. Through the process of an open-call for proposals, the HOUSE 2012 panel selected Helene Kazan, CINECITY & Anna Deamer, Robin Blackledge, Deb Bowness and Caroline Le Breton.

Judy Stevens

Judy Stevens
AOH Festival Director

Judy is a Brighton-based artist, printmaker and illustrator. She studied Fine Art: painting and printmaking, at Middlesex University and is represented by NB Illustration agency.
She and her partner, graphic designer Chris Lord, ran their own open house, SIX, in the 7 Dials trail for many years, exhibiting work of local artists and makers, including Judy’s.
In 2004 she and Chris were instrumental in setting up Artists Open Houses (AOH) Ltd, to co-ordinate and promote the Artists Open Houses as an artist-led festival in its own right. 
In 2008 Judy and Chris initiated HOUSE, a programmed and curated visual arts event, offering commissioning opportunities to regional and international artists. Judy is Festival Director of both AOH and HOUSE festivals.

 

AOH thanks all the Sponsors for their generous support.

We have many interesting sponsorship ideas for 2012 that can benefit your Company. To find out more please contact: sponsorship@aoh.org.uk

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Also work can be found at various streetside locations - see PDF map download below

free admission

Artist Robin Blackledge has for Shelf Life frequented his local supermarket in Brighton not to buy milk or biscuits, but to alleviate them of plastic containers used to display items for sale, including yoghurt, carton desserts, cheeses and such like.

Blackledge is fascinated by packaging in its many forms. Supermarket logistics packaging, or 'collation' trays, serve to transport and present to the consumer a select group of products, assisting the shelf-stacker to re-stack shelves using trays of pre-packaged goods. They create orderly neat rows, easy on the eye, a plastic membrane that is almost invisible yet eminently functional and purposeful.

Exploration of these objects first began for Blackledge with making positive molded forms from the plastic trays. These instantly suggested an evocative parallel with the modular buildings where they are manufactured.

Blackledge's installation for HOUSE uses casts of the modular plastic supermarket tray to expand their formal, iconic and aesthetic associations. Blackledge is producing small batches of concrete forms, from an aggregate he has sourced from Spanish Dolomite (marble dust) which, when rendered in concrete, gives the resulting  forms an altogether more serious tone and tactile appeal, creating consumer totems of sorts.

In addition, examples of these totems can be found across the city. Locations are identified on the downloadable map below.

 

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Early Bird Registration is Open!

For those eager to grab a bargain you’ll be pleased to hear that early bird registration for the Christmas Artists Open Houses is open! A single listing (a quarter page in the brochure) is a steal at £180 – or if you fancy a half page in the brochure then why not take out a double listing for only £265! But hurry now – this offer only lasts until the 12th of September when normal rates will kick in.

Artists Open Houses is open to everyone in the 01273 telephone area and is a great opportunity for emerging artists to showcase their work. Never opened your house before? Not a problem! We provide you with all the support you’ll need to make sure your open house is a success.

Here are just some of the comments from artists that have participated in Artists Open Houses:

“Galleries may not come knocking on your door, but you can make your own gallery.  Break the rules, be informal, throw caution to the wind and see what happens.” – Johnny Hannah, exhibiting at Artists Open Houses since 2002

“What was really lovely about being involved in an open house was being able to show off our work in exactly the sort of environment it should be in, on a wall in someone’s home.” – Hello Dodo, exhibited for the first time in December 2012

Still not sure? Then why not read what our artists think about being part of the festival. If you’ve never opened your house before then Christmas is the perfect opportunity as it’s a smaller festival over just three weeks and at a lower cost than May. Read about opening your house for the first time here.

                                                          Register Now!

 

Final Weekend to complete the AOH Artist's Survey

It is very important that we hear your views on the AOH festival

Dear Open Houses,

Many thanks to all Open Houses who have completed the Artists Open Houses Survey. If you haven't yet done so, we would be really grateful if you could complete the online survey by Sunday, 12th August by clicking on the link below. It is really important to us to get your feedback and have your views on the AOH festival. It is very quick to complete.

Hangover Square

Hangover Square, Netta's apartment

Hangover Square, Netta's apartment (photo: Bernard G Mills)

5 - 27 May, Mon to Fri 11.00 - 19.00, Sat to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

University of Brighton Gallery, 58 - 67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

‘Earl's Court in the rain… The summer had crashed: it had crashed at Brighton: it would never rise again. Only rain now – the grey, wet end of hope and love.’

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Patrick Hamilton - iconic author, saloon bar laureate and former Hove resident - this unique art installation revisits his most famous work. Set in the seamy watering holes of Earl's Court and a rain-swept Brighton on the cusp of World War II, Hangover Square is widely regarded as Patrick Hamilton's masterpiece. Now CINECITY and artist / production designer Anna Deamer, with students from the University of Brighton and City College, present a film set for an imaginary screen version of this bleak hymn to obsessive desire, transporting the visitor to the time and place depicted in the work.

Two interiors, inextricably linked, form the heart of the exhibition: in the South Gallery a smart Brighton hotel room: in the North Gallery, a seedy London flat where the climactic crime scene is re-imagined. Offering connections and clues to the rest of this darkly comic novel, the exhibition allows the viewer to weave their own narratives upon the empty rooms.

Created for CINECITY's 10th anniversary. Presented by CINECITY. Commissioned by HOUSE 2012. In association with the University of Brighton and Brighton Festival.

Visit the CINECITY Hangover Square project website

Weekends 5th–27th May 2012

Welcome to Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses (AOH) May 2012 Festival, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the country.

The Artists Open Houses festival provides a unique experience for visitors, where you can view an array of work from contemporary and original local artists and makers in their homes, as well as meeting the artists and buying artwork and crafts directly from them.  Many Open House venues belong to one of the 12 Open House Trails, which cover different areas of the city and beyond. Trails are geographically grouped and houses are usually within walking distance of each other. It is easy to plot a route around the trails using the brochure and online maps.

To find Open Houses with disabled access you can visit the disabled access page on the website.

Entry to Open Houses is free – and many also offer homemade tea and cake!

The Artists Open Houses festival is an inclusive festival, reaching out to all areas of the city and including artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers; school and college students as well as older artists, marginalised artists and artists with disabilities, as well as many artists with national and international reputations.
The Artists Open Houses festival continues to grow and develop in new and exciting ways, embracing new technologies whilst still maintaining a firm base of practitioners using traditional methods, skills and crafts. This year we are delighted to introduce the new Student Performance Trail, in collaboration with Brighton University where Visual and Performance Arts Students will create site specific performances responding to the history and environment of individual open houses.

Through such initiatives the Artists Open Houses festival reaches out to both new artists and visitors, engaging the whole community in its activities, creating an energy that reflects the singular spirit of the city.

To view this year’s Artists Open Houses online visit www.aoh.org.uk where you can find more detailed artists’ information, venue opening times – vote for your favourite open house to win The Latest Homes’ Best Open House Award.

HOUSE 2012 - Lead Artist

For many years Batchelor has looked to the street for ideas and inspiration. The streets of Brighton & Hove have inspired these latest works.

Skip by night

Skip - David Batchelor (photo: Bernard G Mills)

Skip

5 - 27 May, Mon to Sun 00.00 - 24.00

Moshi Moshi, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JS

free admission

A newly commissioned work Skip is sited outside Moshi Moshi in Bartholomew Square, providing a city centre presence of a major commission throughout the festival.  The skip, an everyday object found on the street is a readymade for Batchelor.  Here a skip is transformed into something which ‘hums’ with its local environment, exploring colour through the hues of neon and artificial materials of the urban environment.


The skip is a commonplace object of every town and city and rarely gets a second glance. Here the skip is given a glowing makeover with the addition of delicate neon tubing that traces its dented contours. Skip quietly glows by day and rather less quietly at night in Bartholomew Square.

Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989

Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989 by Helene Kazan

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Helene Kazan's mixed media installation for HOUSE 2012 is based around the research and methodology developed in the making of her short film Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989.

The film is entirely generated from a single archive photograph taken of the kitchen in the flat where her family lived, just before their migration in 1989, during the Lebanese civil war. From this archive photograph, 1,690 images were generated to make up the four minute and fifty second stop frame animation.

Each image occupies a single moment within a day, narrated by a testimony which outlines the specific pressures that led to the family's decision to emigrate. The film enables a theoretical framework and point of reference for each of the components that will be exhibited as part of the labyrinthine installation.

This includes the original archive photographs, alongside the scale model and drawings developed from the original photograph of the kitchen. As part of the project, Helene will be at the exhibition on 19th May and 9th June from 3pm - 5pm, performing and recording further aspects of the research. As part of the project and its investigation into our emotional relationship with the domestic environment, viewers will be invited to share their own thoughts, memories and personal artefacts in response to the project and its investigation into our emotional relationship with the everyday architecture of the home.

www.helenekazan.co.uk

Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground

Caroline Le Breton's outdoor work

Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground - Caroline Le Breton (photo: Bernard G Mills)

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

St Peter's Church Gardens, London Road, BN1 4GU

also Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

free admission

For HOUSE 2012, Le Breton takes a large scale, circular (8m diameter), brightly coloured floral carpet, from which she has cut letters, and places it on the north lawn of St Peter's Church Gardens, in central Brighton.

The carpet is used as a stencil on the grass. Where the grass is covered by the carpet it will die back; where the lettering is cut out, the grass will continue to grow. The carpet will remain in place for the first three weeks of the festival and will then be removed, leaving the cut out letters visible, spelling out the words directly on the grass and creating a drawing of the 'inside space' outside on the lawn.

The carpet stencil reveals the Beatles famous song lyric 'Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground'. The positive aspect of the stencil is installed along the South Corridor Gallery at Phoenix Brighton.

Le Breton works on temporary, site specific sculptural projects. She explores the tension between the public and private realm by placing domestic objects in a civic site. Counter to a house representing security, Le Breton will imply financial instability through an installation that brings domestic anxiety, outside.

Her work explores the relationship between people and places; how we respond to and form our environment, and how our environment forms us. She combines everyday, household items with living growing materials and uses existing spaces as a basis for transformation and invention. 

Paper Trail

Deb Bowness - empty shop corner of Western Road and Hampton road

Deb Bowness - empty shop intervention, corner of Western Road and Hampton road

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 -14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Also work can be seen at various locations around the city - see downloadable PDF map at the bottom of the page.

free admission

Deborah Bowness makes wallpapers. Her unique domestic designs furnish interior spaces with an unexpected dimension: trompe I'oeil produced through a photo-realist twist.

Beautiful and functional they are handmade in England through a combination of digital printing, silk-screen and handpainting. The rolls of wallpaper come as ready mades, specially mades, machine mades and paper cut outs. All of Bowness's work is designed to interact with the space in which it is placed.

For HOUSE 2012 Bowness takes the wallpaper out of the home and into the urban and street environment of Brighton & Hove. Paper Trail stretches between Phoenix Brighton and The Regency Town House in Hove.

Each site along Paper Trail has been identified by Bowness so that her wallpaper rolls and cut-outs have an interesting interplay with her surroundings


At Phoenix Brighton, Bowness has installed a wallpapered wall into the North Gallery, which is viewable only from the outside of the building. Inside the gallery an evolving projection of photo-stills documents Bowness' paper interventions in various locations across the city. See map available to download below.

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Weekends 5th–27th May 2012

Welcome to Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses (AOH) May 2012 Festival, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the country.

The Artists Open Houses festival provides a unique experience for visitors, where you can view an array of work from contemporary and original local artists and makers in their homes, as well as meeting the artists and buying artwork and crafts directly from them.  Many Open House venues belong to one of the 12 Open House Trails, which cover different areas of the city and beyond. Trails are geographically grouped and houses are usually within walking distance of each other. It is easy to plot a route around the trails using the brochure and online maps.

Entry to Open Houses is free – and many also offer homemade tea and cake!

The Artists Open Houses festival is an inclusive festival, reaching out to all areas of the city and including artists of all ages and at all stages of their careers; school and college students as well as older artists, marginalised artists and artists with disabilities, as well as many artists with national and international reputations.
The Artists Open Houses festival continues to grow and develop in new and exciting ways, embracing new technologies whilst still maintaining a firm base of practitioners using traditional methods, skills and crafts. This year we are delighted to introduce the new Student Performance Trail, in collaboration with Brighton University where Visual and Performance Arts Students will create site specific performances responding to the history and environment of individual open houses.

Through such initiatives the Artists Open Houses festival reaches out to both new artists and visitors, engaging the whole community in its activities, creating an energy that reflects the singular spirit of the city.

To view this year’s Artists Open Houses online visit www.aoh.org.uk where you can find more detailed artists’ information, venue opening times – vote for your favourite open house to win The Latest Homes’ Best Open House Award.

AOH Artist of the Year, Louise Bristow: Perfect Forms

AOH Artist of the Year, Louise Bristow, winner of last year’s House Open Exhibition prize, is this year’s AOH brochure cover artist and you can view an exhibition of her work throughout the festival at The Old Market, Hove.

Weekends 5th-27th May 2012

Latest news from the Artists Open Houses

Welcome to Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses (AOH) May 2012 Festival, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the country.

Disabled Access - Correction

We regret that an incorrect link to the list of venues with Disabled Access appeared in the previous Newsletter. The correct link is: www.aoh.org.uk/may2012

Weekends 5th-27th May 2012

Latest news from the Artists Open Houses

Welcome to Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses (AOH) May 2012 Festival, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the country.

Weekends 5th–27th May 2012

Welcome to Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses (AOH) May 2012 Festival, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the country.

The Artists Open Houses festival provides a unique experience for visitors, where you can view an array of work from contemporary and original local artists and makers in their homes, as well as meeting the artists and buying artwork and crafts directly from them.  Many Open House venues belong to one of the 12 Open House Trails, which cover different areas of the city and beyond. Trails are geographically grouped and houses are usually within walking distance of each other. It is easy to plot a route around the trails using the brochure and the online map.

Entry to Open Houses is free – and many also offer homemade tea and cake!

Disabled Access
You can find a list of Open Houses with disabled access by clicking here.

Weekends 5th–27th May 2012

Welcome to Brighton and Hove’s Artists Open Houses (AOH) May 2012 Festival, the largest and oldest event of its kind in the country.

On this page you will find links and images of recent news and press coverage relating to AOH.

The website Etapes is featuring a gallery of Louis Bristow's paintings here

The Brighton and Hove Freepress website is previewing the 2012 Artists’ Open Houses Festival here

The Brighton and Hove Freepress website is also featuring the artworks on display at The Ceramic House

Chloë King looks at the AOH Festival in ‘Artists Open Houses’ at the Brighton Festival here

There's also an article by Chloë King on 'Batchelor’s mix' here.

And a feature in The Argus here

One week left to go for HOUSE 2012 - don't miss out!

Table Top Works - David Batchelor at The Regency Town House basement, Hove (photo: Bernard G Mills)

What a fabulous 3 weeks we've already had here in Brighton & Hove for HOUSE 2012. Visitors are delighting in finding contemporary art in unusual settings - everyone loves the element of surprise that HOUSE brings to all the exhibits found around the city.

Don't Miss David Batchelor's major new commissions as part of Brighton Palermo Remix specifically for HOUSE 2012 and the Brighton Festival at The Regency Town House and Basement. Not to mention his new 24 hour outdoor work Skip sited at Bartholomew Square. Open Wed to Sunday 12 - 6pm until 27 May.

Connect with HOUSE festival on facebook and twitter

One week left to go for the Artists Open Houses 2012 festival - don't miss out!

What a fabulous 3 weeks we've already had here in Brighton & Hove for the Artists Open Houses 2012 festival. Everyone loves the element of surprise that the Open Houses bring to all areas of the city.

And it’s easy to plot a route around the trails using the AOH brochure and the online map.

Or take a look at each trail’s downloadable trail venues and map pdf, at the start of each online trail section by clicking here

Entry to Open Houses is free – and many also offer homemade tea and cake!

Disabled Access
 You can find a list of Open Houses with disabled access by clicking here.

You can also follow the Open Houses trails via the AOH iphone app here

Meet The Artist

Welcome to Meet The Artist, an occasional series showing short films of AOH  artists displaying or discussing their work.

Helen Cann – illustrator and artist

 AOH artist Helen Cann’s animation short “Welcome to Youthtopia”  was projected on the side of Brighton Youth Centre in October 2011.

 

 

Rob Peel – printmaker

Printmaker Rob Peel was voted Brighton Festival Award Artist of the Year in the May 2011 AOH House Open Exhibition at the Regency Town House. AOH's Fred Pipes went along to North Star Studios in Brighton to interview him about his working methods and inspirations.

 

 

Grace Siregar

AOH artist  Grace Siregar's video of her private view ASYLUM/SUAKA,  on Friday 6th May 2011. Grace‘s work was displayed at St John the Baptist Church on the Brunswick Town Trail.

 

 


MeridianTonight 07/05/11 – Artists Open Houses

 

 

Ceramics House

 

 

AOH May 2012 Award Winners

 

House Open at Brighton Dome

AOH Artist of the Year Award

Award selected and presented by:

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Bill Randall

Shortlist:  Sophie Abbott,  Jonny Hannah, Vanessa Conyers, 

Charlotte Froud

The winning artist: Vanessa Conyers

 

House Open at Brighton Dome

Visit Brighton Visitors' Choice Award

Award selected by public vote and presented by: 

The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Cllr Bill Randall

Shortlist: Vanessa Conyers, Lily Hunter Green, Amy Strike

The winning artist: Amy Strike

 

The Latest Homes Best Open House Award

Award presented by Andrew Kay - Creative Director Latest Homes 

The winner of the Latest Best Open House Award: Encounters

 

Latest Panel shortlist:

Encounters,  Albert Mews Studio, The Ceramic House

 

Public vote long-list:

Albert Mews Studio
Encounters
The Ceramic House
Number 8
AT Open House
8 Rose Hill Terrace
Unlimited Editions
The Wolf at the Door
Crescent Studios
One Must Dash

 

 

Registration for the Christmas Artists Open Houses festival will be open from:

August 24th  until September 23rd

Super Early Rates 24th – 31st August
£180 single listing (quarter page – one image)
£265 double listing (half page – two images)

Early Bird Rates 1st -15th September
£190 single listing (quarter page – one image)
£280 double listing (half page – two images)

Late Rates 16th-23rd September
£220 single listing (quarter page – one image)

£330 double listing (half page – two images) 

May 2015 Artists Open Houses Festival

The May 2015 Artists Open Houses Festival will run for four weekends: from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th May      

 

What is Artists Open Houses?

Twice a year artists and makers open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artwork direct from the artist. With a focus on quality and value for money, the Artists Open Houses festival aims to bring a dynamic mix of arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, providing visitors and viewers with engaging and inspiring experiences.

Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewellery, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The Artists Open Houses festival is free for visitors and open to everyone.

When? 

The twice yearly festival runs during the Brighton Festival in May and in the run up to Christmas in December.

 

Payment Deadline

Thanks for registering your venue with the Artists Open Houses Xmas 2012 Festival.

If you’ve not yet paid for your registration, please remember you need to do so TODAY (Friday 31st Aug) to get the Super Early Bird rate.

If you have already paid, please ignore this message.

Download the AOH Manual

If you would like to open or download a pdf file of the complete AOH Manual please click on the arrow below.

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MAY 2012

The May 2012 Artist Open Houses (AOH) festival was, as always, a wonderful, vibrant and exciting event for artists and visitors alike. Feedback has been enthusiastic all round - and even the weather was kind in May!

If you didn’t manage to visit the Open Houses this year - or if you did and would like a reminder of some of the wonderful work, events and experiences on offer - this newsletter provides a variety of glimpses and views from some of those who took part.

Existing Open Houses

If you've already got an account with AOH (May 2012 or Artists Seeking Houses)

Heterotopias and other domestic landscapes

Sun, Mariele Neudecker. Image courtesy the artist

A HOUSE and Brighton Festival co-commission

Heterotopias and Other Domestic Landscapes is artist Mariele Neudecker’s installation at the Regency Town House. The idea is to create a ‘geophysical slice’ of a recorded, yet fictionalized landscape through the air, earth and deep sea as visitors ascend and descend through the floors of the Regency Town House.

The installation by Neudecker, uses the entire building as a ‘container’ for a body of connecting works combining sculpture, video and photography using material shot on locations including the Arctic, Azores, Australia and the some of world’s deepest oceans. The interior of Regency Town House presents an otherworldly vessel for Neudecker’s commission; beginning in Greenland’s stratosphere at the top of the building and descending to the dark depths of the South West Indian Ocean in its basement rooms.

The installation begins in the first floor Drawing Room, the uppermost strata of Heterotopias installation featuring Recent Futures, a series of diptych photographs that take the intense Arctic sun as their subject, each with hand drawn vapor like rails added to the surface of the prints by Neudecker.

A hand-crafted maquette of the entire Heterotopias installation at the Regency Town House provides an installation within the installation, a geographical slice. This has been made in collaboration with *somewhere, artists Patricia Graham and Marzia Totonelli.

Continuing a level below, on the ground floor in the dining room is a centrally placed sculpture of an iceberg, made by Neudecker after having circumnavigated an iceberg in the Arctic. This is shown in relation to films, polaroids and pinhole photograph images of the same subject where the Horizon line features across one work to another.

Meanwhile light boxes depict the sun dipping above and below the Horizon in two opposite locations on the globe - South East Australia and West Azores.

In The Regency Town House Basement, Heterotopias plunges 2000 fathoms deep into the South West Indian Ocean in the form of various video works by Neudecker. The works reveal the world’s most isolated marine environments - a seemingly deserted seabed, a colossal underwater mountain range and the vast abyss of deep sea space.

Several of the works for Neudecker’s HOUSE 2013 commission have been informed by her research and development trip in 2012 to the extreme northern landscape of North West Greenland. In a six day sled expedition undertaken with Inuit subsistence hunters she documented the experience using eight cameras spanning the history of photography, from the latest digital HD technology via analog photography and Polaroid to a ‘pinhole biscuit tin’ camera.

Mariele Neudecker’s work manipulates perception, distortion, contrast, scale, reality and fiction in representations of vast spaces, limited by the human eye ‘frame’ of the view, or by remotely operated robotic cameras accessing dark environments under the sea where visibility is confined to narrow cones of torchlight. Human traces often appear in her landscapes, in surprising collisions with the natural world, in an attempt to capture continuous change and temporality as
much as permanence and stability.

A co-commission by Brighton Festival and HOUSE 2013

Supported by Arts Council England

Neudecker’s new Arctic and deep sea works have been developed in collaboration with Invisible Dust.

Artists' website: http://www.marieleneudecker.co.uk

Wednesday 8 May, Lighthouse

Mariele Neudecker Talk

18:00 doors open - 18.30 start

More details on the Lighthouse website

This event has already happened. Booking closed.

Sunday 26 May, The Regency Town House, 11am

Walk, talk and picnic with Mariele Neudecker and HOUSE 2013 Guest Curator, Celia Davies

For full event and booking details please visit:

http://housefestival.org/house-events-2013

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Also work can be found at various streetside locations - see PDF map download below

free admission

Artist Robin Blackledge has for Shelf Life frequented his local supermarket in Brighton not to buy milk or biscuits, but to alleviate them of plastic containers used to display items for sale, including yoghurt, carton desserts, cheeses and such like.

Blackledge is fascinated by packaging in its many forms. Supermarket logistics packaging, or 'collation' trays, serve to transport and present to the consumer a select group of products, assisting the shelf-stacker to re-stack shelves using trays of pre-packaged goods. They create orderly neat rows, easy on the eye, a plastic membrane that is almost invisible yet eminently functional and purposeful.

Exploration of these objects first began for Blackledge with making positive molded forms from the plastic trays. These instantly suggested an evocative parallel with the modular buildings where they are manufactured.

Blackledge's installation for HOUSE uses casts of the modular plastic supermarket tray to expand their formal, iconic and aesthetic associations. Blackledge is producing small batches of concrete forms, from an aggregate he has sourced from Spanish Dolomite (marble dust) which, when rendered in concrete, gives the resulting  forms an altogether more serious tone and tactile appeal, creating consumer totems of sorts.

In addition, examples of these totems can be found across the city. Locations are identified on the downloadable map below.

 

images/medium/SHELF_LIFE_MAP.pdf

Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground

Caroline Le Breton's outdoor work

Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground - Caroline Le Breton (photo: Bernard G Mills)

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

St Peter's Church Gardens, London Road, BN1 4GU

also Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

free admission

For HOUSE 2012, Le Breton takes a large scale, circular (8m diameter), brightly coloured floral carpet, from which she has cut letters, and places it on the north lawn of St Peter's Church Gardens, in central Brighton.

The carpet is used as a stencil on the grass. Where the grass is covered by the carpet it will die back; where the lettering is cut out, the grass will continue to grow. The carpet will remain in place for the first three weeks of the festival and will then be removed, leaving the cut out letters visible, spelling out the words directly on the grass and creating a drawing of the 'inside space' outside on the lawn.

The carpet stencil reveals the Beatles famous song lyric 'Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground'. The positive aspect of the stencil is installed along the South Corridor Gallery at Phoenix Brighton.

Le Breton works on temporary, site specific sculptural projects. She explores the tension between the public and private realm by placing domestic objects in a civic site. Counter to a house representing security, Le Breton will imply financial instability through an installation that brings domestic anxiety, outside.

Her work explores the relationship between people and places; how we respond to and form our environment, and how our environment forms us. She combines everyday, household items with living growing materials and uses existing spaces as a basis for transformation and invention. 

What is an Accessible Event?
An accessible event is when participants with disabilities are also able to take part in all activities and are able to get results from being present.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), has now given disabled people equal rights to attend, to participate in and to enjoy events. Reasonable adjustments to the service (in this case the event), should be made to make it accessible for disabled people.

As most Open Houses are private homes, some of the guidelines below may not directly apply to your venue, but by reading the suggestions you will gain some ideas of how to make your Open House more welcoming to disabled visitors. 

 

Problems encountered by disabled and elderly people at a non-accessible event
Blind and partially sighted people often have problems with finding their way around a venue. Physical barriers, confusing layout of buildings and outdoor areas, combined with disturbing noises and other sensual impressions may yield uncertainty and difficulty in moving about independently. Access for blind and partially sighted participants is not only about physical access to buildings but also includes access to written information.
The problem for hearing impaired participants is often the poor acoustics of the venue and additional noise such as the scraping of chairs. Also, poor lighting can affect the ability of lip reading.
Participants with physical disabilities often have a problem with the physical surroundings having barriers, therefore making it difficult to move about the venue.
The problem for participants with learning and cognitive disabilities is often with understanding the many forms of information - verbal, written and graphical - available at an event.

 

Recommendations
The following are key features that are common to most events:

  • Clear circulation spaces and accessible areas for events:
  • Corridors and reception areas should be obstacle free. If there are any obstacles these should be clearly highlighted, and corridors and doorways must be wide enough for wheelchair user
  • All event rooms on one floor, or ramps and/or lifts available for the numbers of people to move between rooms within the time available.
  • There should be enough room to allow for movement around tables and chairs.
  • A range of moveable seating, with and without arms/cushions/high backs, adjustable seat heights and tables which are accessible to wheelchair users. These should be arranged to allow sufficient space for wheelchair users and others to move around easily and to sit where they choose.

 

Paper Trail

Deb Bowness - empty shop corner of Western Road and Hampton road

Deb Bowness - empty shop intervention, corner of Western Road and Hampton road

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 -14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Also work can be seen at various locations around the city - see downloadable PDF map at the bottom of the page.

free admission

Deborah Bowness makes wallpapers. Her unique domestic designs furnish interior spaces with an unexpected dimension: trompe I'oeil produced through a photo-realist twist.

Beautiful and functional they are handmade in England through a combination of digital printing, silk-screen and handpainting. The rolls of wallpaper come as ready mades, specially mades, machine mades and paper cut outs. All of Bowness's work is designed to interact with the space in which it is placed.

For HOUSE 2012 Bowness takes the wallpaper out of the home and into the urban and street environment of Brighton & Hove. Paper Trail stretches between Phoenix Brighton and The Regency Town House in Hove.

Each site along Paper Trail has been identified by Bowness so that her wallpaper rolls and cut-outs have an interesting interplay with her surroundings


At Phoenix Brighton, Bowness has installed a wallpapered wall into the North Gallery, which is viewable only from the outside of the building. Inside the gallery an evolving projection of photo-stills documents Bowness' paper interventions in various locations across the city. See map available to download below.

images/medium/PAPER_TRAIL_MAP.pdf

Travel

To Brighton

To plan your journey by rail go to: Nationalrail

For tourist information go to:  Visitbrighton

 

To the Open Houses Venues

To help you plan your journey around the City, and for real time bus information, visit:  Journey On

You can search for the start and end points of your journey by entering an address, postcode or place of interest in the “From” and “To” text boxes.

 

Car hire

City Car Club offers pay by the hour or day in Brighton and Hove.

 

Cycle Hire

For something greener, try Brighton Cycle Hire (at Brighton Station) where you can hire a range of bikes from 3 hours upwards

 

Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989

Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989 by Helene Kazan

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Helene Kazan's mixed media installation for HOUSE 2012 is based around the research and methodology developed in the making of her short film Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989.

The film is entirely generated from a single archive photograph taken of the kitchen in the flat where her family lived, just before their migration in 1989, during the Lebanese civil war. From this archive photograph, 1,690 images were generated to make up the four minute and fifty second stop frame animation.

Each image occupies a single moment within a day, narrated by a testimony which outlines the specific pressures that led to the family's decision to emigrate. The film enables a theoretical framework and point of reference for each of the components that will be exhibited as part of the labyrinthine installation.

This includes the original archive photographs, alongside the scale model and drawings developed from the original photograph of the kitchen. As part of the project, Helene will be at the exhibition on 19th May and 9th June from 3pm - 5pm, performing and recording further aspects of the research. As part of the project and its investigation into our emotional relationship with the domestic environment, viewers will be invited to share their own thoughts, memories and personal artefacts in response to the project and its investigation into our emotional relationship with the everyday architecture of the home.

www.helenekazan.co.uk

Hangover Square

Hangover Square, Netta's apartment

Hangover Square, Netta's apartment (photo: Bernard G Mills)

5 - 27 May, Mon to Fri 11.00 - 19.00, Sat to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

University of Brighton Gallery, 58 - 67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

‘Earl's Court in the rain… The summer had crashed: it had crashed at Brighton: it would never rise again. Only rain now – the grey, wet end of hope and love.’

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Patrick Hamilton - iconic author, saloon bar laureate and former Hove resident - this unique art installation revisits his most famous work. Set in the seamy watering holes of Earl's Court and a rain-swept Brighton on the cusp of World War II, Hangover Square is widely regarded as Patrick Hamilton's masterpiece. Now CINECITY and artist / production designer Anna Deamer, with students from the University of Brighton and City College, present a film set for an imaginary screen version of this bleak hymn to obsessive desire, transporting the visitor to the time and place depicted in the work.

Two interiors, inextricably linked, form the heart of the exhibition: in the South Gallery a smart Brighton hotel room: in the North Gallery, a seedy London flat where the climactic crime scene is re-imagined. Offering connections and clues to the rest of this darkly comic novel, the exhibition allows the viewer to weave their own narratives upon the empty rooms.

Created for CINECITY's 10th anniversary. Presented by CINECITY. Commissioned by HOUSE 2012. In association with the University of Brighton and Brighton Festival.

Visit the CINECITY Hangover Square project website

Watch

Open House @ Brighton Dome Cancellation

Dear May 2013 Open House Artist

We are very sorry to tell you that due to unforeseen problems with the exhibition venue, it has become necessary to cancel this year's Open House @ Brighton Dome exhibition.

It is of course a huge disappointment for the exhibition's curators, ourselves and no doubt will be to many of you as well. We apologise for both the disappointment and the inconvenience this has caused and will of course be contacting all the artists who have submitted work in a separate email with details on refunding their payment.

The curators and ourselves will begin work on finding a new location with fewer demands placed on it during a busy festival period, for next year's Open Houses exhibition, which we hope will be bigger, better and more exciting than ever.


With best wishes

Artists Open Houses

One week left to go for HOUSE 2012 - don't miss out!

Table Top Works - David Batchelor at The Regency Town House basement, Hove (photo: Bernard G Mills)

What a fabulous 3 weeks we've already had here in Brighton & Hove for HOUSE 2012. Visitors are delighting in finding contemporary art in unusual settings - everyone loves the element of surprise that HOUSE brings to all the exhibits found around the city.

Don't Miss David Batchelor's major new commissions as part of Brighton Palermo Remix specifically for HOUSE 2012 and the Brighton Festival at The Regency Town House and Basement. Not to mention his new 24 hour outdoor work Skip sited at Bartholomew Square. Open Wed to Sunday 12 - 6pm until 27 May.

Connect with HOUSE festival on facebook and twitter

Travel

To plan your journey by rail go to: Nationalrail

For tourist information go to:  Visitbrighton

Travel to the venues

To help you plan your journey around the City, and for real time bus information, visit:  Journey On

You can search for the start and end points of your journey by entering an address, postcode or place of interest in the “From” and “To” text boxes.

Car hire

City Car Club offers pay by the hour or day in Brighton and Hove.

Travel

To plan your journey by rail go to: Nationalrail

For tourist information go to:  Visitbrighton

Travel to the venues

To help you plan your journey around the City, and for real time bus information, visit:  Journey On

You can search for the start and end points of your journey by entering an address, postcode or place of interest in the “From” and “To” text boxes.

Car hire

City Car Club offers pay by the hour or day in Brighton and Hove.

AOH thanks all the Sponsors for their generous support.

We have many interesting sponsorship ideas for 2012 that can benefit your Company. To find out more please contact: sponsorship@aoh.org.uk

An Apology

Unfortunately the previous version you received hadn't been properly edited. This is the version you were meant to receive!

Don’t forget - the Artists Open Houses Festival starts this weekend!

… and continues for the next three weekends:-


December 1st and 2nd
, 8th and 9th
, 15th and 16th

Media coverage of the AOH Xmas 2012 Festival

The final weekend at the Artists Open Houses (AOH) Christmas festival - don't miss out!

The AOH Christmas festival takes place over the first three weekends of December:-
December 1st and 2nd
, 8th and 9th
, 15th and 16th.

This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Christmas Artists Open Houses festival. Make sure you don't miss out on the brilliant surprises that await in Open Houses. See an unmissable array of work from the best local and national artists and makers, throughout Brighton and Hove this weekend.

City of... Art: Christmas Artists Open Houses 2012

The Latest TV, December 8, 2012

2013 Dates Announced

Happy New Year to fellow art lovers everywhere!

We would like to announce the latest news from HOUSE HQ.

After a successful bid to Arts Council England we can now announce the dates for HOUSE 2013. This year's event will take place from 4 to 26 May 2013.

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This year HOUSE will unveil a co-commission with Brighton Festival by Mariele Neudecker.

We are very excited to be working with Mariele Neudecker as the HOUSE 2013 Lead Artist and we are eager to hear from artists based across the South East with their responses to her work. See enclosed a callout for the four satellite commission proposals.

Watch this space for further tantalising news from us!

Be sure to connect with HOUSE festival on our website, facebook and twitter

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HOUSE 2012 - Lead Artist

For many years Batchelor has looked to the street for ideas and inspiration. The streets of Brighton & Hove have inspired these latest works.

Skip by night

Skip - David Batchelor (photo: Bernard G Mills)

Skip

5 - 27 May, Mon to Sun 00.00 - 24.00

Moshi Moshi, Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JS

free admission

A newly commissioned work Skip is sited outside Moshi Moshi in Bartholomew Square, providing a city centre presence of a major commission throughout the festival.  The skip, an everyday object found on the street is a readymade for Batchelor.  Here a skip is transformed into something which ‘hums’ with its local environment, exploring colour through the hues of neon and artificial materials of the urban environment.


The skip is a commonplace object of every town and city and rarely gets a second glance. Here the skip is given a glowing makeover with the addition of delicate neon tubing that traces its dented contours. Skip quietly glows by day and rather less quietly at night in Bartholomew Square.

Commissions for House 2012

For HOUSE 2012 David Batchelor has produced two major commissions specifically for Brighton & Hove, as well as an intriguing exhibtion of his related works. New commissions include Skip and the Brighton Festival co-commission Brighton Palermo Remix.

As Lead Artist, Batchelor has also influenced the selection and development of five satellite commissions that make up HOUSE Festival 2012. Through the process of an open-call for proposals, the HOUSE 2012 panel selected Helene Kazan, CINECITY & Anna Deamer, Robin Blackledge, Deb Bowness and Caroline Le Breton.

Watch

PROMOTE YOUR HOUSE!

All aboard for the AOH Festival! Promote your Open House this Christmas!

We are delighted to announce that Hamptons International are again sponsoring Artists Open Houses and are repeating their offer to all Open Houses of their Estate Agent boards advertising the festival.

Hamptons will also deliver and put up a board outside your house. To apply for a board please email Nicola Brown at Hamptons -brownn1@hamptons-int.com including your House name and address. Please note the Council has a list of streets in certain areas where Estate Agent boards are not permitted - so please check the link below before applying:

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/downloads/bhcc/conservation/Reg_7__2010__Street_Directory_Streets_affected.pdf

 

David Wightman

David Wightman. Secret Name, 2010 acrylic and collaged wallpaper on linen

Hero (cartoon), 2013, preparatory sketch, graphite on paper, 20 x 40 cms © David Wightman

Hero

David Wightman creates acrylic abstract and landscape paintings using collaged wallpaper. For HOUSE, Wightman has created a large-scale, site-specific painting entitled Hero. Using a collaging technique similar to marquetry, Wightman uses wallpaper as a personal reference to his own childhood. Hero’s composition is based on found images of landscapes that have been edited and idealised. The result is a sublime and archetypical beautiful mountainscape that is familiar yet unknowable.

Born in Stockport, Greater Manchester in 1980, David Wightman graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003. His selected solo exhibitions include Paramour at Halcyon Gallery (2012), Homage to Loreleia at Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland (2011), Secret Name at Sumarria Lunn/Art Work Space at the Hempel, London (2010), Behemoth and Other New Paintings at Cornerhouse, Manchester (2009), Aspirations – New Paintings at William Angel Gallery, London (2008). In 2010, Wightman was awarded a fellowship in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, by Berwick Gymnasium Arts Fellowship, English Heritage. He is based in London.

Artists' website: http://www.davidwightman.net/

4 – 26 May    

Thurs – Sun 12.00-18.00

The Glass Pavilion
The Terraces
Madeira Drive
Brighton BN2 1TB

FREE ADMISSION

Disabled access via ramp from Marine Parade, opposite Margaret Street

Artists talk: DATE CHANGE
Friday 24 May 6:50pm, University of Brighton Boardroom, Grand Parade, Brighton

£4 / £3 concessions

 

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Shelf Life

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Also work can be found at various streetside locations - see PDF map download below

free admission

Artist Robin Blackledge has for Shelf Life frequented his local supermarket in Brighton not to buy milk or biscuits, but to alleviate them of plastic containers used to display items for sale, including yoghurt, carton desserts, cheeses and such like.

Blackledge is fascinated by packaging in its many forms. Supermarket logistics packaging, or 'collation' trays, serve to transport and present to the consumer a select group of products, assisting the shelf-stacker to re-stack shelves using trays of pre-packaged goods. They create orderly neat rows, easy on the eye, a plastic membrane that is almost invisible yet eminently functional and purposeful.

Exploration of these objects first began for Blackledge with making positive molded forms from the plastic trays. These instantly suggested an evocative parallel with the modular buildings where they are manufactured.

Blackledge's installation for HOUSE uses casts of the modular plastic supermarket tray to expand their formal, iconic and aesthetic associations. Blackledge is producing small batches of concrete forms, from an aggregate he has sourced from Spanish Dolomite (marble dust) which, when rendered in concrete, gives the resulting  forms an altogether more serious tone and tactile appeal, creating consumer totems of sorts.

In addition, examples of these totems can be found across the city. Locations are identified on the downloadable map below.

 

images/medium/SHELF_LIFE_MAP.pdf

Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground

Caroline Le Breton's outdoor work

Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground - Caroline Le Breton (photo: Bernard G Mills)

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

St Peter's Church Gardens, London Road, BN1 4GU

also Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

free admission

For HOUSE 2012, Le Breton takes a large scale, circular (8m diameter), brightly coloured floral carpet, from which she has cut letters, and places it on the north lawn of St Peter's Church Gardens, in central Brighton.

The carpet is used as a stencil on the grass. Where the grass is covered by the carpet it will die back; where the lettering is cut out, the grass will continue to grow. The carpet will remain in place for the first three weeks of the festival and will then be removed, leaving the cut out letters visible, spelling out the words directly on the grass and creating a drawing of the 'inside space' outside on the lawn.

The carpet stencil reveals the Beatles famous song lyric 'Help Me Get My Feet Back On The Ground'. The positive aspect of the stencil is installed along the South Corridor Gallery at Phoenix Brighton.

Le Breton works on temporary, site specific sculptural projects. She explores the tension between the public and private realm by placing domestic objects in a civic site. Counter to a house representing security, Le Breton will imply financial instability through an installation that brings domestic anxiety, outside.

Her work explores the relationship between people and places; how we respond to and form our environment, and how our environment forms us. She combines everyday, household items with living growing materials and uses existing spaces as a basis for transformation and invention. 

Paper Trail

Deb Bowness - empty shop corner of Western Road and Hampton road

Deb Bowness - empty shop intervention, corner of Western Road and Hampton road

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 -14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Also work can be seen at various locations around the city - see downloadable PDF map at the bottom of the page.

free admission

Deborah Bowness makes wallpapers. Her unique domestic designs furnish interior spaces with an unexpected dimension: trompe I'oeil produced through a photo-realist twist.

Beautiful and functional they are handmade in England through a combination of digital printing, silk-screen and handpainting. The rolls of wallpaper come as ready mades, specially mades, machine mades and paper cut outs. All of Bowness's work is designed to interact with the space in which it is placed.

For HOUSE 2012 Bowness takes the wallpaper out of the home and into the urban and street environment of Brighton & Hove. Paper Trail stretches between Phoenix Brighton and The Regency Town House in Hove.

Each site along Paper Trail has been identified by Bowness so that her wallpaper rolls and cut-outs have an interesting interplay with her surroundings


At Phoenix Brighton, Bowness has installed a wallpapered wall into the North Gallery, which is viewable only from the outside of the building. Inside the gallery an evolving projection of photo-stills documents Bowness' paper interventions in various locations across the city. See map available to download below.

images/medium/PAPER_TRAIL_MAP.pdf

Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989

Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989 by Helene Kazan

4 May - 10 June, Wed to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

(open 18 & 19 May until 21.00)

Phoenix Brighton, 10 - 14 Waterloo Place, BN2 9NB

Helene Kazan's mixed media installation for HOUSE 2012 is based around the research and methodology developed in the making of her short film Masking Tape Intervention: Lebanon 1989.

The film is entirely generated from a single archive photograph taken of the kitchen in the flat where her family lived, just before their migration in 1989, during the Lebanese civil war. From this archive photograph, 1,690 images were generated to make up the four minute and fifty second stop frame animation.

Each image occupies a single moment within a day, narrated by a testimony which outlines the specific pressures that led to the family's decision to emigrate. The film enables a theoretical framework and point of reference for each of the components that will be exhibited as part of the labyrinthine installation.

This includes the original archive photographs, alongside the scale model and drawings developed from the original photograph of the kitchen. As part of the project, Helene will be at the exhibition on 19th May and 9th June from 3pm - 5pm, performing and recording further aspects of the research. As part of the project and its investigation into our emotional relationship with the domestic environment, viewers will be invited to share their own thoughts, memories and personal artefacts in response to the project and its investigation into our emotional relationship with the everyday architecture of the home.

www.helenekazan.co.uk

Hangover Square

Hangover Square, Netta's apartment

Hangover Square, Netta's apartment (photo: Bernard G Mills)

5 - 27 May, Mon to Fri 11.00 - 19.00, Sat to Sun 11.00 - 17.00

University of Brighton Gallery, 58 - 67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

‘Earl's Court in the rain… The summer had crashed: it had crashed at Brighton: it would never rise again. Only rain now – the grey, wet end of hope and love.’

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Patrick Hamilton - iconic author, saloon bar laureate and former Hove resident - this unique art installation revisits his most famous work. Set in the seamy watering holes of Earl's Court and a rain-swept Brighton on the cusp of World War II, Hangover Square is widely regarded as Patrick Hamilton's masterpiece. Now CINECITY and artist / production designer Anna Deamer, with students from the University of Brighton and City College, present a film set for an imaginary screen version of this bleak hymn to obsessive desire, transporting the visitor to the time and place depicted in the work.

Two interiors, inextricably linked, form the heart of the exhibition: in the South Gallery a smart Brighton hotel room: in the North Gallery, a seedy London flat where the climactic crime scene is re-imagined. Offering connections and clues to the rest of this darkly comic novel, the exhibition allows the viewer to weave their own narratives upon the empty rooms.

Created for CINECITY's 10th anniversary. Presented by CINECITY. Commissioned by HOUSE 2012. In association with the University of Brighton and Brighton Festival.

Visit the CINECITY Hangover Square project website

Watch "Veracity" by Mariele Neudecker

Contact us

Email us at:
info@housefestival.org

 

Join us - HOUSE opportunities

Interested in volunteering for HOUSE Festival?
 

Get in touch with HOUSE Volunteer Co-ordinator to put your name forward at:

housefestivalvolunteers@gmail.com

Join our HOUSE Festival volunteer group on Facebook.

Dear May 2014 Open House

Leaflet Delivery

Your trail's allocation of AOH leaflet maps will be delivered to your trail contact on Wednesday 19th March.
Your trail contact will contact you to arrange for you to collect your leaflet map supply from them. 
Each venue will receive 150 leaflet maps.


You are welcome to distribute the leaflet maps in any suitable locations (e.g. bars, cafes, shops, clubs), that are willing to take them. You may also like to give a small supply to your guest artists to distribute.

Brochure Delivery

Your trail's AOH brochures will be delivered to your trail contact on either 10th or 11th April. Your trail's allocation of posters and any banners you have ordered will be available for collection at the same time. 


Your brochure supply is to keep in your house during the festival period, so that visitors to your house will be able to collect a brochure from you. 


Brochures and leaflets are also distributed and monitored by a professional distribution company to selected venues throughout the city, surrounding areas, London and the South East region.

Please hold the date!
10th April for the AOH Launch party - invites coming soon!
 

Christmas Registration Information

SET YOUR ALARM, MARK YOUR DIARY, TIE A KNOT IN YOUR HANKY - YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THE START OF THE REGISTRATION PERIOD FOR THE CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSES!

Registration will open on Monday 2nd September and close at 18.00 hours on Tuesday 1st October.

 

The final weekend at the Artists Open Houses (AOH) Christmas festival - don't miss out!

The AOH Christmas festival takes place over the first three weekends of December:-
December 1st and 2nd
, 8th and 9th
, 15th and 16th.

This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Christmas Artists Open Houses festival. Make sure you don't miss out on the brilliant surprises that await in Open Houses. See an unmissable array of work from the best local and national artists and makers, throughout Brighton and Hove this weekend.

We are very sorry that due to unforeseen problems with the exhibition venue, it has become necessary to cancel this year's Open House @ Brighton Dome exhibition.

We apologise for both the disappointment and inconvenience this may have caused and will of course be contacting all artists who have submitted work individually to refund their payment.

The curators and AOH team will look for a new location with fewer demands placed on it during a busy festival period, for next year's Open Houses exhibition which will, we hope, be bigger, better and more exciting than ever.

How to Register

Missed out on registering for Christmas? Don't worry - you can simply register for the next Artists Open Houses festival which takes place in May 2015. Registration opens on 2nd December and closes on 4th February 2015.

Click here to find out more information on how to register

If you want to make sure you don't miss registration then be sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook for reminders nearer registration time! Alternatively sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date on all of the Artists Open Houses news.

AOH thanks our sponsors for their generous support.

We have many interesting sponsorship ideas for this year that can benefit your company. To find out more please contact: sponsorship@aoh.org.uk