ArtHouses is an annual event in which the homes, gardens and public spaces of Whitley Bay become the venue for contemporary visual art. Through hosting artworks in people’s homes, ArtHouses develops unique situations to exhibit and experience artworks.
It is an artist led project which offers new situations to develop and present artworks, engaging new audiences with contemporary arts practice and contributing to the sense of community in Whitley Bay.
The event gives a vibrant focus to the conversations between artists and householders hosting the works, who become advocates for the artwork, enabling them to share it with a wider public during the event.
Artworks are selected from an open call in dialogue with the residents hosting the artwork. The engagement and trust built through this process generates valuable conversations around the artwork and creates unique situations in which to exhibit and view artwork.
ArtHouses was initiated by Tracey Tofield in 2010 as a part of Whitley Bay Film Festival. Since 2017 the project has been led by artists Sophie Buxton and Rob Smith, alongside a team which has brought in new members each year and has included artists Tracey Tofield, Lois Hobby, Dominic Smith, Sneha Solanki, Lesley Guy and Alan Boxshall.
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We are very pleased to receive funding from Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants with additional support from Whitley Bay Big Local and North Tyneside Council. This year we will also be working in partnership with The Newbridge Project and Laurels.