Images of the first weekend of our Artists Open house. We are using the first floor room at the General which is a great restaurant/cafe in Ditchling, East Sussex.

Art in Ditchling is an off shoot of the Brighton Open Artists houses, these are generally artists homes which in the month of May become ‘galleries’ which are open to the public. As part of the Brighton Festival Fringe.

Open houses have been happening in Brighton for about 30years. the concept came about when a group of artists decided to represent themselves and wanted to ‘meet there public’. It really enriches a piece of art or craft when you can meet the person who made, designed or painted it. The idea has spread far and wide but the origins are firmly based in Fiveways, an area of Brighton that has a very rich artists community. There are over 200 artsts open housese this year.

I love taking part in Open houses, even though it means no weekends off for over a month, because I get to meet people who really enjoy seeing and buying my work. I meet like minded people, exchange ideas,  hints and tips. It can be a real laugh meeting all kinds of people, from all walks of life!!