Artists open their doors for the festive season

Handmade Christmas decorations by Katarzyna in West Hove
Handmade Christmas decorations by Katarzyna in West Hove

Brighton’s Artist Open Houses returns for three weekends of festive fun, with hundreds of artists and makers across the city opening their houses and studio spaces to the public.

From Saturday, November 25 to Sunday, December 10, the festival will take place in Brighton and Hove.

Bing Hitchcocks gallery will showcase his artwork using a dye sublimation process

Bing Hitchcocks gallery will showcase his artwork using a dye sublimation process

There is set to be a diverse selection of arts, crafts, jewellery, ceramics, quirky gifts, homewares and much more on show.

The Xmas Artists Open Houses festival provides an opportunity to shop away from the high street and buy unique Christmas gifts from local makers.

Highlights include the Bing Hitchcock Gallery at Trafalgar Street, where Bing Hitchcock showcases his artwork using a dye sublimation process.

This makes the works highly resilient, waterproof and abrasion, fire and chemical resistant – meaning the artwork is suitable for almost any environment.

Milton House at Dyke Road offers an arts and crafts space with over 20 artists and designers offering prints, oil paintings, jewellery, leather bags and home accessories.

Placed in the top three Best Open Houses in May 2017, 11 Rugby Road returns with a forest of Christmas trees festooned with decorations in the lounge. Explore the installation-like displays and discover illustrations, unique cards and custom baubles, silver jewellery, ceramic flowers and crochet sprouts.

The Grange Gallery in Rottingdean, will showcase small paintings, drawings, photography, prints, textiles, jewellery, felted crafts.

Stanley Road Store, which was shortlisted for Best Open House 2017, will see a host of talented artists and designers offering jewellery, fashion accessories, home interiors, Christmas decorations, sculptures, pottery and much more. Plus, a playful photographic installation, I Am Not Quite Myself This Christmas. For the past 30 years, Lisa Wolfe and Peter Chrisp have been turning themselves into something ‘other’ each Christmas.

Artist Open Houses organisers said: “Arctic explorers, deep sea divers, voodoo chiefs and aliens feature in this oddball gallery, all staged and photographed in their living room.

“Every card has a story or biography on the back that adds context to the image.”

And at St Kenya Avenue in Hove look out for Cat-arzyna, with beautiful handmade Christmas decorations and unique presents.

For the full listings of all the participating houses, visit: {http://www.aoh.org.uk|/www.aoh.org.uk