Brighton’s Artists Open Houses Festival

AOH logo LR  Bullet PR has been the retained PR agency for the Artists Open Houses Festival for the past 3 years.

The largest event of its kind in the UK, the May festival will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends of May, starting this Saturday 6th May.

Australian born artist Penelope Kenny has been announced as the 2017 Brochure Cover artist, beating more than 180 other artists to the coveted title, Penelope draws inspiration from Darwinism, dioramas, natural history illustration and taxidermy.

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Over 200 houses and studio spaces across the city will be opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. Last year over 200,000 people visited the festival, one of the jewels in Brighton’s cultural calendar.

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Artist Open Houses (AOH) helps artists connect with audiences in self-curated, non-traditional art spaces. This usually means visiting artists’ own homes, offering festival-goers an exclusive snapshot of how creatives live in this vibrant and creative city. From beautiful Regency-style properties to quirky and colourful cottages, many of the houses boast stunning gardens creatively landscaped by their owners.

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AOH also offers the chance to buy artworks directly from the artists and makers themselves. There is a hugely diverse selection of artworks on show, from original paintings, prints, graffiti arts, ceramics and textiles to photography, sculpture, crafts, jewellery and many other media.

Judy Stevens, Festival Director, Artist Open Houses says: “Bullet PR has delivered great results for the Artists Open Houses. Pandora George’s proactive initiatives and creative thinking have made a real impact, bringing fresh ideas and a new media focus to the festival. Above all, Pandora is a real pleasure to work with.”

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Dum Dum Doughnuts come to Brighton!

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We are really excited to be working with Dum Dum Doughnuts – the world’s first artisan baked doughnut brand and the fastest growing doughnut brand in the UK. An independent British company with a celebrity following, which includes Olympian Tom Daley, Dum Dum Donutterie will open their first UK store outside London in the heart of Brighton on Friday November 18th.

This is how good they look!

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Dum Dum Doughnuts look amazing, taste great and are lots of fun – it’s not uncommon to witness queues round the block outside a Dum Dum Donutterie! Plans for the Brighton outlet include the exclusive ‘Brighton seaside doughnut’.

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The high quality, natural artisan doughnuts are uniquely baked fresh every day (not fried) and each outlet remains open until all the doughnuts have sold out.  Dum Dum Doughnuts use only natural ingredients and are significantly lower in fat, half the fat in some instances, than competitor brands. This is because they are not cooked in oil, but instead baked using a unique patisserie-based patented baking process. Dum Dum’s are not claiming to be a healthy doughnut, but by using good ingredients and modern techniques they are making an indulgent treat even tastier, without the junk.

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We can’t wait until they open!

Fashion Cities Africa

Bullet PR are proud to announce we will be working with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery this year – supporting the museum on the launch of Fashion Cities Africa, the first major UK exhibition dedicated to contemporary African fashion.

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The exhibition will explore fashion and style in four cities at the compass points of the African continent – Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya, Casablanca in Morocco and Johannesburg in South Africa and will consider recent and contemporary fashion practices in these distinctive metropoles, from couture to street style.

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The Sartists (Wanda Lephoto, Xzavier Zulu, Kabelo Kungwane and Andile Buka) photographed by Victor Dlamini

Highlights include:

  • New commissions, including by Nairobi-based brother and sister duo 2Many Siblings (http://2manysiblings.tumblr.com/)
  • Controversial high-fashion outfits worn by one of Kenya’s hottest bands, Sauti Sol (MTV Europe’s Best African Act 2014)
  • Garments and accessories associated with The Sartists, a Johannesburg-based creative collective documenting their lives and style in post-apartheid South Africa (https://instagram.com/thesartists)
  • Exquisite hand-crafted ‘caftan couture’ pieces by Casablanca-based designer Zhor Raïs
  • Apparel by Maki Oh, the internationally acclaimed Lagos-based label worn by Beyonce, Solange Knowles and Michelle Obama.
Amine Bendriouich photographed by Deborah Benzaquen

Amine Bendriouich photographed by Deborah Benzaquen

Fashion Cities Africa opens on April 30th and runs until January 2017.

Doctor Who Designer Announced as Lead Artist for Artists Open Houses Festival 2015

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British designer Bernard Lodge, best known for his work designing the early Doctor Who title sequences, has been chosen to design the artwork for this year’s Artists Open Houses Festival.

Bernard designed the first four series logos and the first five title sequences for Dr Who before going on to work on the effects for Ridley Scott’s Alien and Bladerunner, one of the first people to work on designing computer effects.

Since then he has moved to more traditional art forms and now creates bright and bold woodcuts from his studio near Brighton. Bernard will be exhibiting some of his woodcut prints, along with last year’s Artists Open Houses Artist of the Year winner Tony Bowen at The Old Market in Hove and at the Salon Des Sources in Hove.

The 2015 Artists Open Houses festival will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over the four weekends of May, starting May 2. It is the largest event of its kind in the UK, with approximately 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,000 artists and makers.

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Brighton’s Artists Open Houses Xmas Festival

The 2014 Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival kicks off next weekend (Saturday 29th). Over the next three weekends artists all over the city will be opening up their homes and studios, showing a really diverse selection of artworks from paintings, photography and ceramics to fashion and jewellery.

Some of this years highlights include:

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For her first Artists Open House jewellery designer Vivienne Ridley has gathered together an enticing selection of artists and designers including Sarah Arnett (Modern Love), Swedish interiors label One Must Dash and jeweller Alexa de Castilho (as featured in Harpers Bazaar and Vogue). Also expect author readings and live music.

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  • Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton, BN1 4JU

The newly refurbished Brighton Open Market opened in June 2014 and is now home to a wide range of artists and makers including the much lauded illustrator Zara Wood, aka Woody – whose Star Gaze collection for Topshop became their most successful artist range ever launched.

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  • 2 Knoyle, 2 Knoyle Road, Brighton, BN1 6RB

2 Knoyle will be filling their spacious rooms with over 12 talented local artists including Kate Osborne (below). A must is a visit to ceramicist Angela Evans’ artist studio, hidden away at the end of the garden.

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For more information visit www.aoh.org.uk

HMV Brighton to host Alternative Great Escape – HMV Miniscape

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HMV in Brighton’s Churchill Square is to host a free alternative Great Escape festival called Miniscape, showcasing 5 unsigned local bands along with hotly tipped Beautiful Boy and Annie Eve (both also playing in the official Great Escape) and TigerBiteFever. Miniscape will run alongside the official Great Escape festival, with bands appearing from Wednesday May 7 – Saturday May 10.

 

The Line Up is as follows:

Wednesday May 7 1pm – 5.30pm

Jipsy Magic – www.jipsymagic.com – available to listen on hmv digital

Percus Fink – www.soundcloud.com/percus-fink/

Paul Murray – www.lazymorse.co.uk

Joan & Grim – www.soundcloud.com/joanandgrim

Strange Cages – www.facebook.com/strangecages

Thursday May 8  – 1pm

Beautiful Boy

You can listen to Beautiful Boy on hmv digital and at www.beautifulboymusic.com

Friday May 9  – 1pm

Annie Eve

You can listen to Annie Eve on hmv digital and at www.facebook.com/annieevemusic

Saturday May 10 – 12pm

TigerBiteFever

You can listen to TigerBiteFever on hmv digital and www.tigerbitefever.com

Miniscape is held in association with the new hmv digital app, which can be found at www.hmvdigital.com– a new music discovery experience.Further information on Miniscape can be found on Twitter @HMVBrighton #HMVminiscape, on Facebook and on ChurchillSquare.com

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Exhibition of unseen photographs of Hollywood Stars

A unique archive of photographs of Hollywood stars from the 1940s/50s/60s, many of which have never been seen before, will be going on show in Brighton in May as part of the Artist Open Houses festival.

 

Audrey HepburnThe exhibition will pull images from a wide range of negatives that include images of Gary Cooper, President Harry Truman, Audrey Hepburn, Dirk Bogarde and Peter Sellers. Alongside the celebrity images are many others, which give fascinating social and historical record of the period – including the Queen’s rat-catcher and Britain’s first female chimney sweep.

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The archive belongs to Brighton based photographer George Douglas, who worked for many years at Picture Post and Life magazine amongst other publications. George died in 2010, leaving an enormous and diverse archive to his good friend and fellow Brighton based photographer Roger Bamber. Bamber discovered thousands of negatives in a dilapidated filing cabinet when he inherited George’s house in Silwood Road. George had bought the house back in 1964 and though he spent much time in California, he still spent his summers in Brighton and retired to live in the house full time in 2007 until his death in 2010. 2014 marks the 50th consecutive year that Silwood Road has been lived in by a photographer.

Now a third Brighton photographer, Nigel Swallow, is setting up studio in the house and will be exploring the archive, reprinting many of its images and exhibiting them to the public for the first time as part of the Brighton Artist Open House festival.

George Douglas Open House, 14 Silwood Road, Brighton BN1 2LF  Open weekends in May, 2014.

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