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Hove Store Welcomes Local Charity in Artists Open Houses Festival

Words by Michaela Quinn

April 23, 2019



Hove Store Welcomes Local Charity in Artists Open Houses Festival

Our Hove store has been open since 2017 and ever since then, our aim has been to make our retail space not just a place to display beautiful furniture, but a community destination.

The store was recently enhanced by the addition of The Queensbury Coffee House, an independent business taking great pride in serving handcrafted coffee, freshly baked cakes and delicious sandwiches. Having the Queensbury gives us an opportunity to reach out to a wider audience who may not be familiar with our brand and gives us a flexible space within the store to use for events and partnerships.

So, when we heard about Artists Open Houses, we couldn’t wait to get involved.

The Artists Open Houses festival happens twice a year and allows visitors to view an array of artwork by local artists in their own homes, or in other spaces across Brighton and Hove. And that’s where Barker and Stonehouse comes in. We wanted to do something that would give something back to the local community and allow artists to use our store to display their work.

Each weekend in May, Our Hove store will be exhibiting artwork from Creative Future, a national arts charity supporting some of the UK’s most talented emerging artists.

Joel Apps 'Brighton Pier'

Established in 2007 and based in Brighton, Creative Future specialise in supporting artists excluded from the mainstream art world by barriers that include neurodiversity, mental health, disability, identity or other social circumstance to gain access to it. Their mission is to make the arts more diverse and representative of the world we live in.

We were immediately attracted by Creative Future and their mission to engage and inspire under represented artists in the local area. In fact, it’s a privilege for us to be part of this event and give talented people a platform.

Creative Future have carefully selected the work of thirteen artists to exhibit as part of Artist Open Houses. Collectively, these artists have exhibited in over a hundred group and solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally. Each artist also features on Creative Future's newly opened online store, where you can find out more about their work and purchase prints. Launched in May 2019, the site is carefully curated and features a wide variety of styles and mediums.

The artworks that will be on display include 'Gone' by Kim Noble, ‘Brighton Pier’ by Joel Apps, Choc Ices with Paul’ by Yvonne J Foster and ‘Landscape on the Downs’ by Pat Gregson to name a few.


Kim Noble 'Gone'

Yvonne J Foster 'Choc Ices with Paul'

Jane from Creative Future said of the event:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barker & Stonehouse and are really appreciative of the generosity shown in giving us the opportunity to exhibit in your Hove store. When you reached out to us a few months ago you were keen to work with local arts organisations and saw being part of the AOH as an opportunity to make more connections with the city of Brighton & Hove.

We have great supporters locally, regionally and nationally, we will be inviting a broad range of our supporters to the exhibition and sincerely hope that this will bring lots of new local people in to your store."

Exhibiting alongside Creative Future will be identical twin artists, Two Faced Twins. Stella and Gem create striking and colourful artwork for contemporary homes. Two Faced Twins will be exhibiting a range of their original artworks and limited edition prints, including their iconic Stanley the Stag and their latest Brighton-inspired collection. They'll also have for sale a selection of homeware such as coasters, placemats, chopping boards and hand embellished cards.

Two Faced Twins

Artists Open Houses will kick off with a launch day on Saturday 4th May between 11am and 1pm. There will be a chance to talk to the artists and buy their work and The Queensbury Coffee House will be providing refreshments. The festival will then be held each weekend of May, with artwork by Creative Future artists and Two Faced Twins on display in our Hove store.

For information on where to find us, check out our Hove store page.

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