Gearing up for Artists Open Houses

This week has been a busy one! For those of you that don't always catch the Instagram posts, I've been knitting away in preparation for the Artists Open Houses. I'm joining Red Brick House to show some of the knitted goodies usually only to be found at the shop. As an escape from the endless knitting, I've written a little bit about the history of the houses. This year's house will be taking place at 10 Walpole Road over every weekend in May, including Bank Holidays - it would be lovely to see some faces!

What are the Artists Open Houses?

As part of the Brighton Fringe Festival lots of artists, craftspeople and makers open their doors to the public. The event has become so popular that houses are open all over the city, selling everything from paintings to pottery, sculpture to ceramics, prints, textiles, jewellery - everything your heart could desire.

How it all began

It all started back in 1982 when artist Ned Hoskins decided to open his doors to the public for the first time. Ned and a group of friends exhibited their work for the first few weeks of the Fringe Festival, causing quite a stir amongst the local Fiveways community. Bu the very next year several more houses popped up in the Fiveways area. The momentum only grew, soon houses were open all over Brighton and Hove.

By 2002 there were so many houses that it was becoming difficult to pick out the individual 'trails' in the Fringe magazine. This is how the AOH came to be; a brochure with maps and pictures for all houses. Today the AOH still gets in contact with all of the houses and organises this huge event, making them the oldest and largest Open House movement.


If you're thinking of heading down to Brighton for the festival then you'll be able to find free brochures throughout town. I'll be showing as part of the Kemptown trail, which is looking fabulous this year, 21 houses! If you're still not convinced then why not have a look at the Artists Open Houses website at