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News for 2016
Art House 10 is being celebrated this year. Follow our social media links on Twitter & Facebook for news of special one-off events taking place this year and see the work of new exhibitors on our Artists page.
Art House 10
This June Art House Leicester reaches something of a landmark. 2016 will see the tenth edition of this popular event as the people of Leicester get another chance to experience "extraordinary art in ordinary houses". While the annual exhibition has become something of an institution in the city suburbs of Clarendon Park (Castle), Knighton and Stoneygate, the organisers have gone to great lengths to keep things fresh. This year 14 new artists will be exhibiting, with 3 new houses added to the trail. Amongst those new artists will be ceramacist Jo Keogh and textile artist Jo Smith, both winners of the Art House prize awarded at the prestigious Leicester Open exhibition. De Montfort University media and photography student Alice Owers will also be taking part and the upstARTs group, 10 local artists studying at The Attenborough Arts Centre will again be exhibiting their work.
Thereís a broad range of art, from sculpture and ceramics, jewellery and textiles, to fine art, printmaking and photography with established, professional artists rubbing shoulders with the newcomers. Over 60 artists are exhibiting at Art House 10! Visitors have the chance to buy directly from the artist, with the added advantage of being able to talk about the inspiration for the work, the artistic process and even commission pieces.
The unique opportunity to walk or cycle round the artists' houses and studios is one of the great pleasures of Art House, producing a special atmosphere in the local community. A yellow "hopper" bus is available for those visitors who find strolling between the two clusters of houses difficult. Tart House on Holmfield Road provides homemade cakes and refreshments in their lovely garden as well as musical interludes from local singers and musicians. Art House is also proving to be the exhibition with a heart, raising money for Mind, Bone Cancer Research and the Teenage Cancer Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary with the proceeds from Tart House.
For Art House 10 there will also be "the A - Z of Art House raffle", with 26 prizes donated by 26 of this year's artists. Tickets will be available at Tart House.
Anything else? Well, be prepared for at least one more surprise as you enjoy Art House 10 with us!
The Art House Prize
Last year saw the inaugural awarding of the The Art House Prize at the Open26 exhibition. Textile artist Jo Smith was our winner.
Art House was again pleased and honoured to be asked to present an Open27 Art House Prize for the recent exhibition at the Museum. This year two prizewinners were chosen, painter Piotr Kolanko and ceramicist Jo Keogh.
We are excited to have the work of both Jo Smith and Jo Keogh at Art House 10 this year. See Jo Smith's work at 12 Pendene Road and Jo Keogh's ceramics at 73 Holmfield Road
Piotr will be exhibiting next year.
The Story of Art House
At one time, if you fancied going to see some art, you would have to take yourself off to the local museum or gallery. More recently, there has been a welcome trend to make art more accessible. Visit a country park, National Trust property or even a reservoir, and the chances are you'll be offered a map of the local art trail, with activities to keep the kids happy and maybe even a backpack and some crayons. In June, Art House Leicester offers a different take on the art trail. This trail takes you through city suburbs, with houses taking the place of galleries. You might not get a backpack, but this trail gives you a chance to see "extraordinary art in ordinary houses" and meet the artists who have made it.
Art House Leicester started in 2008, when Hannah Devine-Wright went round to her neighbour, Katarzyna Klein to buy a couple of her paintings for gifts. Amazed by the amount of work that Katarzyna had stashed away in boxes, she suggested that she should open her house and try to sell some. One thing led to another and the first Art House weekend took place with 3 houses and 8 local artists taking part. Something about the event struck a chord with the public and the annual event has gone from strength to strength. On the second weekend in June Art House opens its doors and welcomes you to view the work of over 60 exhibitors.
The range and background of the artists taking part is also impressive. As well as full time professional artists, many of whom are represented by galleries across the country and have had solo exhibitions, there are a number of participants who manage to fit their creative activities around alternative careers. Sue Ryan, Jane Askey, Austin Orwin and Gerry Unsworth all have a background of teaching art across the ages. Louise Ellerington is a professional fine artist who owns and manages Ellerington Fine Art on Clarendon Park Road. Amy Bonsor and Perin Towlson were both given the opportunity to take part after impressing in the DMU degree shows. Professional illustrator Katarzyna Klein has recently completed a series of Rebecca Shaw book covers for the Orion Publishing Group. I could go on, but one of the joys of Art House is discovering the depth of talent that the city has to offer as you make your way around the trail.
Art House Leicester, with its special atmosphere, gives you a unique opportunity to see art and meet artists in the local community. To give you a better feel of what to expect, have a look at Bill Newsinger's excellent video below of a past Art House event. Just remember to bring your own backpack and crayons!
Intro by Andy Ward
Radio Leicester Coverage
Listen to an interview about Art House with Katarzyna Klein broadcast on the 11th June 2015
Previous Years' News
News from 2015
Art House is honoured to support the Leicester Open26 exhibition with the inaugural Art House Prize.
Our first winner is Jo Smith with her textile work 'Black Eye'.
Jo will be exhibiting with Art House in June 2016, however 'Black Eye' and further information about the artist will be on display at 73 Holmfield Road.
Two other Art House artists were also awarded prizes at the reception ceremony, Tim Fowler received the 'LCB Depot Showcase Award' for his painting 'Blondie', and Peter Rapp the 'City of Leicester Museums' Trust Purchase Award' for his etching 'Poisonous Bunch-back'd Toad'.
Congratulations to Jo, Tim and Peter on their successes.
Art House ceramicist Perin Towlson has kept a huge secret for many months.
All was finally revealed during the Richard III reinterment at Leicester Cathedral.
The three samples of soil used in the ceremony were contained in Perin's beautifully crafted porcelain pots.
Perin said: "It's amazing. I normally work from my kitchen table and to go from there to Leicester Cathedral, in one of the biggest event in the world at the moment, I canít believe it."
Her porcelain pots fit snugly into the yew casket. "We were working to millimetre measurements so it was a great moment when they fitted" said Perin. "It's just such a great project to be working on. To be able to have played a role in this truly historic occasion is just a dream come true."
She was given the commission through her membership of Creative Leicestershire, an arts organisation supporting artisan makers in the county.
Perin's work will be on display at Ellerington Fine Art Gallery during this year's event.