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Thursday 23 July 2020

Brighton's Artists Open Houses Festival Announce All New Winter Festival & Artists Facemasks Project

Brighton and Hove's Artists Open Houses festival, the largest of its kind in the UK, has announced the dates of a new extended Winter Festival for 2020.

The new four-week festival will amalgamate the annual Christmas Festival, in addition to showing work from many artists and makers who were scheduled to exhibit at the May 2020 festival, which was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Alongside the main AOH Festival will be a new Virtual Open Houses strand, which will include virtual tours of artists' houses and studios and online galleries. 

The Virtual Open Houses strand will continue online from November until March. 

Judy Stevens, Festival Director said:"

"Many AOH artists have found the lockdown period very fruitful, allowing time to explore new ideas and ways of working - many have produced really exciting and inspiring new work." 

Brighton and Hove Artist Open Houses, the originator of the Open House movement, date back to 1981 when an artist from the Fiveways area of Brighton, Ned Hoskins opened his house to the public to view his work, and that of a group of friends. 

Other artists in the area followed suit to form the Fiveways Artist Group. 

In a city full of creatives, the idea proved popular and soon Artist Open Houses sprung up all over the city.

The Artists Open Houses Winter Festival will take place over weekends from November 21st until December 13th, 2020.  

Artist registration for the festival will open on July 21st, 2020, closing on August 28th, 2020. 

Artists Open Houses Festival 2019

Artists Facemasks Project:

The Artists Open Houses festival has also called on participating artists and makers to take part in a project to make non-surgical masks for the public to buy.

With the wearing of face masks becoming mandatory in shops and supermarkets from July 24th,  a dazzling array of masks can be seen and brought direct from the artists.

More information on the available face masks can be found at

Information on the festival and registration  can be found at or by emailing

by: Mike Cobley


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