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Thank you…

Thank you…

To everyone who made it out yesterday to our opening session of the AOH festival. We had a splendid time showing guests our curated collection of fine arts and crafts, and while never overcrowded, it was pleasantly busy. And after weeks of drizzle and worse, what better way to celebrate the true start of fine weather than with art! We’re open again today and tomorrow, 11 to 5:30, and if you want more time and space to yourself, please feel…

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Two weeks to go…

Two weeks to go…

… and the set up is finally starting. We watch the news anxiously to see how the battle against COVID is progressing and–touch wood–it’s all still on track. The guidelines should change on Monday with the emphasis shifting “from government rules to personal responsibility” but we will be taking all precautions necessary to keep our artists and visitors safe. So… please prepare a mask and have your NHS Test and Trace app ready as we’ll have a QR code at…

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Three weeks to go…

Three weeks to go…

… and we’re getting very busy. There’s always tons to do to get an open house ready, including cleaning up, moving the furniture, preparing and hanging the art, printing up info and labels and tags, organising invigilation, distributing flyers… the list just goes on! It’s all worthwhile, of course, as hosting an open house is incredibly rewarding, so absolutely no complaints there. We’re watching the announcements carefully to see how things will pan out. At the moment, it looks like…

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Gearing up for May!

Gearing up for May!

We are perhaps a little more excited than usual about the preparations for the May open houses. To begin with, we have a record TWELVE amazing artists to present with a number of new faces, and we are also opening for FIVE weekends not four. But most of all, we are looking forward to the return of–we hope–a semblance of normality as the country starts gradually to return to how things used to be. Details will be appearing here very…

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Online and open!

Online and open!

At last, the long-awaited opening day is here, at least for our online presence. Within these pages, you can see (and buy) many of the wondrous items that our fabulous guest artists have created, and we hope this will whet your appetite for the physical opening in December. Enjoy the festival everyone!

Lockdown… but we’re still on!

Lockdown… but we’re still on!

The news about a second lockdown came a little unexpectedly, but we have put lots of contingency plans in place. Luckily, the lockdown is planned to finish in the middle of the AOH festival, so we are hoping to have two weeks of daily openings (bookable on weekdays). The first couple of weeks will be online only but you will still be able to view (and purchase) all the amazing works that our talented artists have put together. Please keep…

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We’re opening!

We’re opening!

To all our guests, old and new, we’re delighted to announce that (all being well), we intend to open in November and December, following all the relevant regulations, advice, and mitigations. One important change this year is the chance to book your own private appointment during the week! Numbers may be limited to 4 guests (depending on the regulations at the time) but you can have the exhibition to yourself for 30 minutes–just book a slot here! We’re really looking…

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