Art House is Back in 2023

Art House is Back in 2023

First conceived in 2008 with just three houses taking part, Art House had grown into a hugely  popular local event and a permanent fixture in Leicester’s art calendar. However, the difficulties Covid-19 brought meant that the event had to be cancelled over the past three years.

The gap has brought with it a few changes. Kathy Klein and Sue Ryan, after many years of hard work  and unstinting dedication, decided it was time to pass the baton onto someone new and a willing volunteer stepped up in time to ensure that 2023 would see Art House  resurrected.  

The ethos remains the same: extraordinary art in ordinary houses. This art trail gives artists the  opportunity to display their work in the informal atmosphere of a domestic setting and promotes  the idea that original art in any medium enhances a home and can be appreciated outside a  gallery or commercial setting. Many visitors love talking to the  artists about their ideas, their processes and the techniques involved. Many exhibitors are also  happy to discuss the possibility of commissions.  

This is very much a joint venture dependent on local householders and participating artists  coming together and being fully committed to making this a unique and enjoyable experience for  visitors. Spread between properties of different architectural periods, the houses themselves are  of interest and demonstrate that across diverse styles of homes there is always a spot for a piece of original art of some kind. This concept is at the heart of the weekend. 

If you’ve been before you’ll know the event stands out as one of the best showcases for original  art in a wide variety of media in the city and by introducing new artists on a regular basis, each  year will offer something new. Over 50 artists will be participating this year so whatever your particular passion may be – paintings, prints,  ceramics, textiles or jewellery – there will be something here to appeal to anyone interested in  individual craftsmanship.  

The event will run from Friday evening, 9th June from 6 pm  to 8.30 pm and continue on Saturday and Sunday 10th and 11th of June with venues open from 11 am to 6 pm. To make life easier, a hopper bus will  operate between venues on Saturday and Sunday.  

Art House has always supported various charities and Tart House on Holmfield Road is the main  fundraiser for this year’s charities – Bone Cancer Research and Mind – with drinks and home-made cakes served in the garden on Saturday and Sunday. Local musicians will provide an accompaniment of live music. Music and refreshments will  also be on offer on Springfield Road where Gelato Village will be serving their award winning ice  creams. 

Art House wishes to record its sincere thanks to Stoneygate and Knighton wards for their  continuing support for this event.  

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Penny Fielden

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