Artists' Open Houses: What to see

Brighton is a great city at Christmas, the streets come alive with lights, markets, mulled wine, brass bands, ice skating in front of the infamous Royal Pavilion and the shopping possibilities are endless. Some of the best shopping can be done on Thursday evenings on the popular North Laine, where you can nip in and out of the cold into one of the hundreds of independent boutiques, cafes and pubs.

Our favourite Christmas shopping however is done during Weekends in November and December at the Artists' Open Houses. Artists across the city open up their homes and studios for 4 weekends from the 21st November - 13th December to showcase beautiful works on sale to the public perfect as Christmas gifts.

Here's what not to miss during the open house weekends in Brighton:

Albert Mews Studios
An incredibly festive array of products and designs on display at the Albert Mew Studios including, Brighton themed homeware, tights, hats, cards, calendars and chutneys! There really is something for everyone at their lovely central Hove studios!

Designers include:
Martha Mitchell Design Homeware and gifts
Lizzie Lock Millinery Headwear
Joanna Corney Printed homeware
hose. Hosiery
Patricia Holubowskj Knitwear
Maggie Whatford Leather accessories
Chhipa Unisex shirts
Corinne Taylor Organic aromatherapy products
Nick Sellek Prints and window cards
Kysam Silver jewellery
Hove Made Pickles and chutneys 
1 Albert Mews, Third Avenue, Hove BN3 2PP
The studios are open from 11am - 6pm 28th, 29th November 2014, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th December 2015. 

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Baobab open their doors to the Artist’s Open Houses for two weekends in December, providing a unique creative space that complements the work of its exhibiting artists.

Artists include:
Elaine Bolt Ceramics
Christina Fedyk Monoprints
Rhoda Baker Paperscapes
Frances Doherty Ceramics

Baobab is a design-led company who are passionate about property and design, creating inspirational and positive environments. Baobab has worked with acclaimed architects and designers on this exquisite ultra modern construction, exploring the use of natural light, open space, functionality and aesthetics.

39-41 Withdean Road, Brighton BN1 5BP
The house is open to the public from 10am-5pm on the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th December 2015. 

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11 Rugby Road
Once again the residents and friends of 11 Rugby road open their home to the public
, exhibiting jewellery, glass, greetings cards, textiles, ceramics, exclusive prints and much more. Join them for mulled wine in the kitchen which has been transformed into a candy wonderland!

11 Rugby Road, Brighton BN1 6EB
The house is open from 11am-5pm on the 28th, 29th November and the 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th December 2015. 

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8 Caryle Street
Featuring established designer/makers and work by textiles students at Glasgow School of Art, this exhibition includes a beautiful selection of work by:

Katie Lewis Upholstery design
Jackie Jones Silver sundials and jewellery
Hannah Wells Illustrated greetings cards
Jenny Pearce Crochet accessories
Kate Wand Laser-cut acrylic
Paula Leighton Felted decorations
Nancy Tulley Metal, leather and knitted work
Beth Furini Leather and knitted goods

8 Carlyle Street, Brighton BN2 9XW
The house is open 11am - 5pm on the 28th, 29th November, 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th December 2015.