Open House

Best Open House?

The Egg House was nominated for Best Open House in the Brighton Festival during it’s very first season, one of 10 out of 240. We were also invited to join the Fiveways Artists Group, originators of the Open House scheme.

We have now been asked to offer consultancy to the art community in Margaret River, South West Australia, one of the most beautiful and creative places we have lived.

We will be taking a break from opening The Egg House in 2010, returning in 2011 for more art, community, kids, dogs, cakes and fun.

Open House Artists 2009


Our first Open (Egg) House together began in the winter of 2008/2009. As the ground lay cold, seeds were sown and new relationships formed.

At first, it was a whisper through the woods that began several years before when Libby Davy and her family first arrived in Brighton May 2006 to discovered the splendor of Open Houses for themselves.

A call rang out from over the hill in Patcham. Painter and arts project worker Claire Western had followed a path laid down by Ian Elwick at The Werks. The story was half told.

Libby tried to resist, but her house needed tidying up – and before she knew what had happened, ELEVEN!!! magical artists had come in from the cold to warm up the nest in time for 1 May 2009.

Beata, Peter, Thom, Sarah E, Katja, Ellie, Beatrice, Sarah V & Athol joined the two soon after. In fact there were a great many fine people who came forward to help tell the tale. Little did Libby & Claire know what immense energy and talent was to be found in the idea. How difficult it was to turn so much art away. If only we had several towers to expand into!

To bind our work together and inspire us all on to think/feel/create – a spell was cast. The muses sang down the chimney through the heat of the fire:

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again”

-CS Lewis.

We were hooked. So fairytales it was to be.

Beata suggested “There once was (as never before)” to begin our tale anew.

“If you want your children to be brilliant, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be geniuses, read them more fairy tales,” Albert Einstein

What are your favourite fairytales?

…or memories / experiences of fairytales in your life.

Got any good quotes connecting the artistic process & alchemy? Magic? The light and the dark….

There will be prizes at the Private View on Friday 1 May (contact us if you would like an invitation) for all those who participate. Just add your comments below.

Critics who treat “adult” as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence…. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.
-C.S. Lewis

“If you happen to read fairy tales, you will observe that one idea runs from one end of them to the other–the idea that peace and happiness can only exist on some condition. This idea, which is the core of ethics, is the core of the nursery-tales.”
— G.K. Chesterton

“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”
— Audrey Hepburn

“For those who immerse themselves in what the fairy tale has to communicate, it becomes a deep, quiet pool which at first seems to reflect only our own image; but behind it we soon discover the inner turmoils of our soul – its depth, and ways to gain peace within ourselves and with the world, which is the reward of our struggles.”

“Play reaches the habits most needed for intellectual growth”
-Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment

“There must be possible a fiction which, leaving sociology and case histories to the scientists, can arrive at the truth about the human condition, here and now, with all the bright magic of the fairy tale.”
-Ralph Ellison

“Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door and a lost kingdom of peace.”
-Eugene O’Neill

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. And now when every new baby is born its first laugh becomes a fairy. So there ought to be one fairy for every boy or girl.”
-James Barrie, Peter Pan

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale of all.”
-Hans Christian Andersen

3 responses to “Open House

  1. Really wanted to come to the opening and see what Tom Forsyth my godson was doing but couldn’t make it unfortunately as too much going on here in Bath that weekend

    All your work looks very exciting

    Hope opening and exhibition went/goes well


  2. Wow! How is it that I have only just seen this brilliant event you have cleverley put together! Am I on your list, despite being 12,000 miles away? PLEEZE keep me in the loop with your originality DARLING!

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