Things to do in Brighton this Autumn November 18 2014

Right, it’s that time of year when there are about a zillion things on in Brighton and Hove and it’s hard to decide what to do.

A few of you have asked me for some recommendations so here are the things that I think you should plan to see and do in the next few weeks:

{The Happy Prince by Paul Lewis}

Art Junky

Phoenix Gallery

22nd and 23rd and 29th and 30th November:

A cool indoor market / jumble sale / art fair full of beautiful things to look at and buy. On the 2nd weekend, the excellent Paul Lewis will be exclusively exhibiting a selection of his work, a one-off chance to buy one of his pieces as he hardly ever exhibits to the public.

{Roar balls by Designosaur at Brighton Etsy Pop up}

Brighton Etsy Pop- Up

Until 7th December

The Brighton Etsy community (with the help of Super+Super) have selected a number of very talented craftspeople to exhibit at their pop-up shop in Brighton Square until 7th December. It’s one of my current favourite places in the city. It’s going to be easy to spend lots of money there.  

{Wheelbarrow and veg necklace by Sarah Squared}

Craftaganza

29th and 30th November

You’ll find lots of beautiful crafty gift ideas at Craftaganza at Fabrica gallery. The very best, hand-picked selection of Brighton's finest craftsters so you know it’s going to be lovely stuff. Look out for Harper and Finch, who makes gorgeous embroidered jewellery and decorations, and Bets and Bobs who makes fabulous subversive greetings cards and adorable cake toppers. I will definitely be buying something from Sarah Squared, a collaboration between Sarah Meredith of Rock Cakes and illustrator Sarah Edmonds, who have created a fabulous range of laser cut, hand painted jewellery. I haven't decided which is my favourite piece yet, but hopefully will have done by then. 

And…

The Fairytale fair

Sunday 23rd November and Saturday 6th December

This will be taking place on 23rd November at The Open Market  and 6th December at Brighton Racecourse and there will be lots and lots of designer makers selling their beautiful handmade goodies. Don’t be put off by the girly name, it’s an awesome fair.  

And if you don't make it to any of these, don't forget about the Makers Boutique on the 6th December. 

{One Two Tree by One Must Dash at FortyTwo, Artists Open Houses}

Artists Open Houses

29th and 30th November, 6th and 7th December, and 13th and 14th December, download the brochure online.

Here are my recommendations of things you have to see at Christmas Artists Open Houses this year:

FortyTwo (Venue 43) - a carefully curated house of creatives featuring Vivienne Ridley, Super + Super and One Must Dash.

New England House (venue 39) – only open on the 11, 12 and 13th December but well worth a visit as there are dozens of amazing artists exhibiting. Perfect if you’ve never been to Open Houses before and aren’t sure which venues to choose.

Juliet Costume Studios (venue 40) – go to this open house in the basement of the Independent Rag in Sydney Street and see the black ink drawings by Freyja Chandler. They will blow your mind, and she is only 16 and just amazingly talented. 

{Robin tights by hose. at Albert Mews Studio, Artists Open Houses}

Albert Mews Studio (venue 11) - this is where you’ll find Lizzie Lock hats, Martha Mitchell homewares, Joanna Corney patterns and hose. tights. One of my all-time favourite open houses. I always love every single thing in it.

University of Brighton (venue 27) – opening for the first time as part of the Open Houses festival, dozens of students will be exhibiting their work and you can tie it in with visiting the Cinecity Berg installation (see below).

{Images by Woody}

The Open Market – 10 exhibitors will be opening their studios, including lovely Zara Wood, whose work you’ll recognise from the commission she did for TopShop a few years ago. Also, pop into FoodShed while you’re there, where you can buy locally produced and ethically sourced food and where there is a little What You Sow shelf too selling my pick of gardening gifts. Say hi from me and let them know I sent you, they’re a lovely bunch of people.  

{© Murray Ballard,Charcoal burning, Saddlescombe Farm, 2014}

One Planet City with FotoDocument – These 10 photo essays in response to the each of the 10 principles of One Planet Living were initially a part of the Brighton Photo Biennial and are now on until the Spring. Highlights are Murray Ballard’s Land use and Wildlife at Foredown Tower (which I haven’t seen yet but really want to) and Amanda Jackson’s Sustainable Materials which you can combine with a trip to secondhand superstore Emmaus in Portslade (closed on Sundays). More central locations include the Open Market (Local and sustainable food) and Brighton station (sustainable transport). This is such a nice concept and the photos I’ve seen so far are really, really fantastic, showing lots of the different sides to sustainability around our city.  

For CineCity, the Brighton Film festival, the films I’m most looking forward to are Love is strange on 30th November and Wild on Saturday 6th December as well as locally filmed My Accomplice on 3rd December. Amour Fou on the 24th Nov and Cherry Pie on 5th Dec look good too. I haven’t seen any of them yet and I'm no good at film reviews but they caught my eye. And of course, make sure you tie in a visit to the Berg installation when you’re at the University of Brighton. It’s a free exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ann Quin’s debut novel, Berg where a film set installation for an imaginary screen version of Berg is complemented by a range of screenings and talks throughout the festival, including a programme of 1960s avant-garde cinema. Ace.

And last but not least, the Brighton Vintage and Antiques Market will be held at The Open Market on Sunday 7th and 21st December. Pop in on your way back from the Race Hill car boot. Reading back through this post it sounds like I am on a commission from The Open Market. I’m not, I just get to hear about all their events as I sell some of my stuff in FoodShed and they just happen to have an ace calendar of events coming up!

So have fun, let me know what you get up to and hopefully see some of you at some of these, and drop me a line if you have recommendations of things that I should see too. 

Lyndsey x