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Art For All

It’s not often you can just walk into a stranger’s house, have a good nosey round and help yourself to a picture or some jewellery.

Well, in Brighton you can because it’s the Artists’ Open Houses Festival. Visitors to the city can wander around and pop into nearly 250 venues and look at original art, even grab themselves a cuppa while they are at it.logo

Run during the first four weeks of May, the ‘open houses’ is a regular part of the cultural calendar. More than 1,300 artists have work on display, much of it for sale.

A bimble between just three or four will help you find some very original work. There is photography, fine art, sculpture, pottery, jewellery, arts and crafts, and the downright obscure on view.

There’s a mini-cinema on Buller Rd, performance art in Cheltenham Place and outdoor sculptures in Hartington Villas. And there’s HOUSE, the new curated visual arts festival.

Cuppa anyone?

Cuppa anyone?

So it’s all go, as usual. If it turns a bit grey on your weekend to Brighton, why not get yourself a map and have a gander? Just follow the Open House Trails; they lead you straight to the artists’ front doors.

More info here: http://tinyurl.com/382tdpx

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