ArtHouses 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 artist Tracey Tofield in 2010 as a part of Whitley Bay Film Festival. Since 2017 the project has been managed by Sophie Buxton alongside a team which has brought in new members each year and has included Tracey Tofield, Lois Hobby, Rob Smith, Sneha Solanki, Lesley Guy and Alan Boxshall.

ArtHouses is supported through National Lottery Funding from Arts Council England, Whitley Bay Big Local and North Tyneside Council