Artists Open House Festival 2023

This wonderful event takes place annually across our county in May and offers a unique chance to see a diverse range of work exhibited by talented artists & makers in Ditchling.

Some exhibitors open up their own homes where their art can be viewed in a domestic setting, whilst others open their workshops & studios, with some even giving demonstrations & talks – how lovely. We met some wonderful folks who were in the neighbourhood and popped into the pub for a bite to eat (or a quick pint)

We caught up with amazing local artist Kate for her round-up of the hottest art-y event in Sussex this spring.

Local Artists in Ditchling

My name is Kate Baker-Brown, and I am part of the Turner Dumbrell Workshops.

I’ve here for 11 years making prints, books and textile pieces – having originally trained at The London College of Printing and then in bookbinding at Brighton University. I’ve always been an avid environmentalist and I spend time sourcing my materials and making my own printing plates and glues.


Turner-Dumbrell Workshops are based at the north end of Ditchling village, which houses a unique community of artists and makers in spaces converted from restored farm buildings.

Some of our workshops were open throughout the month with the addition of a bumper weekend on the 20th and 21st where over ten workspaces opened to the public and welcomed in visitors to ‘meet the makers’, buy artwork and gifts and take part in some activities.

Community Spirit

With the added benefit of a vintage coffee van and Turner Dumbrell’s own homemade tea and cake stand to keep us all going, it turned out to be a fantastic weekend for both visitors and creatives. A big thank you to all who came to visit and make the festival so enjoyable. We’re already planning for next year’s event in 2024!