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"Open Houses"

open houses book

A fully illustrated cultural and historical survey of the Fiveways Artists Open Houses.

The book has been written by Gerry Holloway (Sussex University), and Frank Jackson (University of Brighton), with a foreword by Gavin Henderson former director of Brighton Festival. The subject is a social history of the Fiveways Artists Open Houses. The book was funded by a grant from the Arts Council and the National Lottery fund.

Extract from the foreword by Gavin Henderson.

Brighton now proclaims itself as the 'arts capital of the South' - a sure sign that officialdom is going through a period of recognising the importance of 'the Arts'. ..... A few Lottery thousands have made this book possible, and hopefully it will alert others to the generous spirit of this 'museum without walls' - the 5ways Open Houses. Long may they open their doors to us!

The book is available by mail-order for £10 (inc. p&p in the UK) from:

Ned Hoskins
Fiveways Artists
109 Stanford Avenue

Please make cheques payable to: Fiveways Artists Group

"Making Waves: Brighton's Fiveways Artists and the Community"

Nick Wellings

Is it something in the air? Or the elevation above sea-level? Could Hollingbury Road, Preston Drove, Stanford Avenue and Ditchling Road really be the slopes of a local Mount Parnassus?

What brings this convergence of artists in paint, photography, stone, metal, wood, glass, paper, ink, clay, ceramics, jewelry … (the list goes on) … to live and work around Fiveways?

The tens of thousands of art lovers who traipse round the hundred or so artists homes every May during Brighton Festival month have voted with their feet that 'Artists Open Houses' is a good thing. One such visitor was writer Nick Wellings.

Nick had watched the 'Artists Open House' thing grow in twenty years from one lonely disenchanted and frustrated painter to a popular movement that threatens the foundations of the established art gallery system.

Over several months in 2000 - 2001 Nick recorded interviews with the founder artist, member artists, sponsors, spouses, neighbours, etc.. The interviews are recorded verbatim and linked by Nicks own comments.

'Making Waves' by Nick Wellings is the second book about the Fiveways Artists Group.

This is not so much a continuing history, but an insight into the mind-sets of the participants, and how a little idea turned into a much bigger one

Nick Wellings has kindly allowed his book to be available for download. Use the links below to download the book in an appropriate format.

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