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Artists Open Houses in Brighton, Hove and Beyond

Updated: Jun 9

The Artists Open Houses in Brighton, Hove and Beyond has been welcomed by art lovers with much excitement this year. After a disappointing summer of cancellations due to the pandemic in 2020, and nervous Christmas openings while case numbers were continuing to surge, June this year seems the perfect time for artists to once again open their homes, studios, workspaces and galleries in a celebration of our creativity. The summer weather has decided to join in too, and while writing this, on the second weekend of the four week festival, temperatures are pleasantly lingering in the low twenties, with pure blue skies bringing a much-needed feeling of optimism.

Here at Chalk we have had many visitors who are "doing the trail” and have chosen to include our gallery in their menu of art experiences for the day. Although we are obviously a little distance from the centre of Brighton we are kept good company by other AOH venues such as The Field and The Cowshed nearby, as well as venues along the coast to the East of Brighton.

Five Things you might not know about Brighton AOH

1. The AOH festival originated in the Five Ways area of Brighton 40 years ago when artist Ned Hoskins pioneered the idea of opening up his own home as a gallery space.

2. This year there are 89 venues open to the public.

3. The festival now has such an excellent reputation that many gallery artists will choose to show in the homes of local Brighton residents who curate one-off group exhibitions purely for this purpose. This year our own artists Yolande Beer, Nichola Campbell, Sue Collins and Eva Wibberley are all exhibiting in artists’ homes in the Fiveways area.

4. Although originating in Brighton, the trail now uses the term “Brighton, Hove and Beyond” as so many venues from the surrounding areas are keen to take part and connect with the other artists in this vibrant festival.

5. Look out for venues which offer other attractions such as live entertainment or artist demonstrations. At Chalk this year we are offering all of our visitors the chance to enter a prize draw for £100 of gallery vouchers.

We hope the sun will continue to shine on all of you who are “doing the trail”. If you haven’t ventured out yet then I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Grab a brochure or look it up online and see how much art you can fit into one day trip. It’s great for the soul!

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