Top ten houses and galleries to see at Brighton Artists' Open Houses 2013

By Ben Miller | 11 December 2013

Hundreds of artists are taking part in a Christmas special for Artists' Open Houses in Brighton this month. Here are ten of the best

A photo of two dancers in make-up crouching with artworks projected onto them
Billy Cowie's Art of Movement is one of the highlights of Artists' Open Houses in Brighton© Billy Cowie
New England House Open Studios, New England House, December 12-14

More than 50 artists vie for your attention, from knitwear, illustration and paintings to jewellery, prints and ceramics. Look out for skincare, wallpaper, scarves, bags and cushions if you’re searching for gifts.

Lizzie Thomas, New England House, December 14

Author and illustrator Lizzie Thomas reads from her first children’s picture book, Coco and KamiCat, in which a girl defies her fear of the dark with the purring assistance of a magical spirit cat. These studio readings are most suitable for children aged between two and five.

The Artist’s Quarter, Brighton Beach, December 14-15

Curved enclaves by the shore in the company of five galleries and boutiques specialising in ceramics, glass, textiles, paintings and prints.

9A Hove Place, Hove, December 14-15

The third instalment of this house’s contribution counts at least five painters within its walls. There’s also millinery, ceramics, sculpture and turned wood from a total of 19 participating artists.

Beastie Toys, The Warehouse, December 14-15

There are two mystery artists joining this urban art collective, but the ones spraypainting their names in lights are Zee Zee 22, Cassettelord, Archie Ram and Funky Red Dog. Expect robots, projections and graffiti, all themed around B-Movies.

2 Knoyle, Knoyle Road, December 14-15

Perhaps the most exotically creative of these 16 accomplished artists is Jane Dwight, who deals in Chinese brush painting and batik works. There are also bird boxes, dresses, ceramic creatures and felted scarves.

Studio 106, Hove, December 14-15

A show of dexterity in one of the city’s largest studios, with 17 artists taking part. Cartoons, mosaics, animations and printmaking feature.

Centurion, Centurion Road, December 14-15

Choreographer Billy Cowie’s stereoscopic dance installations have toured to five continents, and his recent works have seen drawings and paintings by German artist Silke Mansholt projected onto the dancers. The 12-minute installations, screened at half past every hour, will be seen through 3-D glasses.

Magick, Orange Row, December 14-15

Wander up the stairs to find an eye bath, a flamboyant rabbit, witch-themed tales and a bed which, according to the artists, has experiences imprinted on it. Child friendly.

Festive Workshop Tours, Pruden and Smith, until December 15

These crafty experts focus on gold, platinum, silver and precious stones. Take a tour of their handiwork and have a mince pie and a drink.

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