This bank holiday weekend (27th-28th May) is the last chance to explore this years Artists Open Houses! AOH is a festival that runs over four weekends in May each year exhibiting in more than 180 venues across Brighton, Hove and beyond. Artists from all different backgrounds open their doors to allow visitors the opportunity to meet and buy artwork directly from the makers. Grouped into local trails, the festival is free and open to all so why not make a day of it!
With so much to see, we've put together our top picks from each of the trails.
Trail 1: Beyond The Level
The Stanley Road Store
Twenty five artists under one roof, with a vintage shop upstairs and plant shop in the garden!
25 Stanley Road, Brighton, BN1 4NJ
Trail 2: Brunswick Town
21a Brunswick Square
A host of contemporary artwork and crafts by Alex Banford, Sally Evans and others, complete with a garden which will be open for refreshments.
21a Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EJ
Trail 3: Central
A vibrant townhouse showcasing Zoe Murphy's screen-printed textiles and Toby 'fotobes' Mason's Lomographic film photography.
19 Queen's Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AR
Trail 4: Dyke Road
The GloohBaah House
An Aladdin's Cave, back by popular demand, full of works by artists old and new including Rosalind Lymer, Sandy Walsh and Sarah Hughes to name a few.
22a The Drove, Brighton BN1 5AF
Trail 5: Fiveways
The BigForest Emporium
Expect paper dolls, felt vans and animal mobiles, TheBigForest artist/makers have turned their parlour into a seaside emporium of delights.
56 Chester Terrace, Brighton, BN1 6GB
Trail 6: Hanover
A one-off chance to see the meaningful knitting and crochet collection by local art activist Dani Ahrens.
50 Southampton Street, Brighton, BN2 9UT
Trail 7: Kemptown
This studio shop hosts a vibrant selection of knitted fashion accessories, homeware and crocheted art.
Cardigan Ltd, Unit 5 Arundel Mews, 13-18 Arudel Place, Brighton, BN2 1GG
Trail 8: Seven Dials
A beautiful home-ware shop showing a curation of local artists that compliment the stores Scandi aesthetic, including Hi Cacti and Peas & Needles.
Open Sat 10.00-18.00 & Sun 12.00-16.00
34a Bath Street, Brighton, BN1 3TB
Trail 9: Hove
The Flamingo House
A must see collection of prints, ceramics, jewellery, paintings, and textiles with an exotic garden cafe out the back!
14a Wilbury Road, Hove, BN3 3JN
Trail 10: Beyond
'Maison de papier' at Danny House
Artist Stephanie Smart has created life-size historical fashion garments using only paper and thread.
Danny House, New Way Lane, Hustpierpoint, West Sussex BN6 9BB