Brighton’s Artistic Spirit Unleashed in Artists Open Houses

Brighton, a city renowned for its vibrant arts scene, is once again set to captivate locals with the much-anticipated Artists Open Houses festival this May. Among the diverse range of works on display, our very own Christopher McHugh, a Fine Art lecturer at the University of Chichester, will be showcasing his latest creative endeavours.

McHugh, a founding member of the Red Herring Studios artist collective, will be part of SHOALING, an exhibition held at the historic Regency Town House from 16th to 26th May. The exhibition promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring a variety of media from collages and ceramics to interactive displays and site-specific interventions.

The Regency Town House, with its distinctive period character, has inspired McHugh to create extremely tall paintings, a challenging feat that he has embraced with enthusiasm. His series, Raw Stratigraphy, will be on display, offering viewers a chance to experience his unique, mostly horizontal, bands of colour.

SHOALING is not just about the visual arts. It’s a celebration of creativity in all its forms, with a series of events including artist talks, demonstrations, a children’s workshop, and music. Other exhibiting artists include Andy Ash, Bryn Pratt-Boyden, Bryony Rumble, Elizabeth Bourne, Helen Rebecca Lucas, Julie Sharman, Katy Schnetler, Louis TF, Mattie Griffiths, Nick Gardner, Ratna Jan Bibi, Rebecca Angel, Tracy Roberts, and Trisha Stone.

The exhibition is open from 11am to 4pm Monday-Thursday and 11am to 6pm Friday-Sunday at the Regency Town House, 13 Regency Square, Hove, BN3 1EH. Admission is free, making it a perfect outing for locals and visitors alike. For full details of the exhibition, visit

So, Brighton locals, mark your calendars and prepare to be inspired by the artistic talent that our city has to offer. The Artists Open Houses festival is a testament to Brighton’s thriving arts scene, and an event not to be missed.


Image: Christopher McHugh’s artwork will be on display (©️ SussexWorld)


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