Christmas lights are going up across Brighton and hove this week, which means it’s time for artists all over our city to open their doors invite every one in.
The concept of an open house has developed in Brighton over the years to become a must ‘Brighton’ thing to experience. For those who aren’t yet in the loop, the Open Houses are when an artist or collective of arty types turn their houses into pop up gallery’s. Treasured nic naks are replaced with sculpture, artworks and handmade craft, each home becomes a fascinating mini exhibition space filled with beautiful items to fascinate and inspire you – and the best of all, everything is for sale!
You can spend an entire weekend strolling from home to home ticking off every item on your Christmas list and with the knowledge each purchase is unique, handcrafted and truly special, while it also supports local artists. And if you find a few extra gifts for yourself as well that you know you have had a good day.
Adam and Daniel at 11RugbyRoad.com open their home also at 11 Rugby Road and number 43 in this years book. They have opened for 2 years together and each time they do they attempt a bigger show than the last. In May their home becomes a breath of fresh spring air and during Christmas a magical spell descends where every room is open and full to the brim with festive spirit. Even the bathroom turns into an exhibition of handmade porcelain lights called “crunckles” waiting to be picked. The fund raising kitchen at 11 Rugby Road has gained a reputation during Open House season for wowing with floor to ceiling treats, and this year doesn’t disappoint! The warming smell of cinnamon and mulled wine invites you in where you discover seemingly endless amounts of candy canes, chocolate and gingerbread. Their ‘help yourself’ gold mulled wine also ticks all of the festive boxes! Inside lounge turned into a Narnia-est forest of Christmas trees will have something for anyone on the search for the perfect gift to match either the naughty or nice person in your life.
There is something for everyone at this open home, with handcrafted ceramic decorations starting at just £1. Inspiration is free and the boys will happily discuss projects and ways of working with you, so that if your not inspired by what you see in their home you will surely leave with a craft idea or technique of your own.
You don’t have to be invited to an open house, all you need do is pick up a trail booklet, usually found in cafes or pubs around the city, or visit www.aoh.com and pick out the houses you want to visit.