In the early 1980’s a Brighton artist decided to fill his home with art works and invite people to come and visit to view the work. The idea was quickly taken up and shared by other artists and grew into the Brighton Artists Open Houses Festival in 2006 an annual event that still takes place in Brighton and Hove.
Open Houses now take place annually in many towns and cities round the UK and in Worthing the first artists open houses and studios welcomed visitors in at the beginning of the new millennium!
The Worthing event has taken on various forms during the last twenty years until 2020 when it was forced to take a break due to Covid.
So here we are in 2022, with a new Steering Group currently being established with the aim of keeping this important cultural event happening. This new group is made up of local people with a background in the arts: some of whom are practising artists with organisational experience, and some of whom are organisers with creative arts experience.
As you may know, the trail usually opens it’s doors for three weekends in June, but due to time constraints and the business of forming a new team – this year we have set dates for two Christmas weekends instead: 26/27 November and 3/4 December 2022. We hope to be back to June for next year.
Richard, Jo, Lisa, and Lorraine hope that you will come and join in – as either artist, venue, or visitor, and very much look forward to meeting you!