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News from 2016

Art House 10 is being celebrated this year. Follow our social media links on Twitter  &  Facebook for news of special one-off events taking place this year and see the work of new exhibitors on our Artists page.

gelARTo VILLAge is coming to ART HOUSE 10!


You all know about TART HOUSE by now, but have you heard about gelARTo VILLAge? Enjoy a taste of Italy by visiting gelARTo VILLAge this year at ART HOUSE 10!

The popular St Martin's Gelato Village's mobile unit will be at 12 Pendene Road selling 6 of their delicious gelato and sorbetto flavours and contributing to our 3 charities, Mind, the Bone Cancer Research Trust and the LRI Teenage Cancer Unit.

So, look out for the tasty red, white and green flavours of Art House 10, and Italy, as you visit the western cluster of venues at this year's celebration, not forgetting the sweet delights of Tart House at 71 Holmfield Road and the A-Z of Art House raffle with it's 26 artwork prizes at the eastern cluster of venues. Finally, all the "extraordinary art in ordinary houses" on the trail that makes Art House such a well-loved and supported local event!

Art House 10

June 2016 Art House Leicester reaches something of a landmark. 2016 will see the tenth edition of this popular event as the people of Leicester get another chance to experience "extraordinary art in ordinary houses". While the annual exhibition has become something of an institution in the city suburbs of Clarendon Park (Castle), Knighton and Stoneygate, the organisers have gone to great lengths to keep things fresh. This year 14 new artists will be exhibiting, with 3 new houses added to the trail. Amongst those new artists will be ceramacist Jo Keogh and textile artist Jo Smith, both winners of the Art House prize awarded at the prestigious Leicester Open exhibition. De Montfort University media and photography student Alice Owers will also be taking part and the upstARTs group, 10 local artists studying at The Attenborough Arts Centre will again be exhibiting their work.

There's a broad range of art, from sculpture and ceramics, jewellery and textiles, to fine art, printmaking and photography with established, professional artists rubbing shoulders with the newcomers. Over 60 artists are exhibiting at Art House 10! Visitors have the chance to buy directly from the artist, with the added advantage of being able to talk about the inspiration for the work, the artistic process and even commission pieces.

Art House Poster

The unique opportunity to walk or cycle round the artists' houses and studios is one of the great pleasures of Art House, producing a special atmosphere in the local community. A yellow "hopper" bus is available for those visitors who find strolling between the two clusters of houses difficult. Tart House on Holmfield Road provides homemade cakes and refreshments in their lovely garden as well as musical interludes from local singers and musicians. Art House is also proving to be the exhibition with a heart, raising money for Mind, Bone Cancer Research and the Teenage Cancer Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary with the proceeds from Tart House.

For Art House 10 there will also be "the A - Z of Art House raffle", with 26 prizes donated by 26 of this year's artists. Tickets will be available at Tart House.

Anything else? Well, be prepared for at least one more surprise as you enjoy Art House 10 with us!

The Art House Prize

Last year saw the inaugural awarding of the The Art House Prize at the Open26 exhibition. Textile artist Jo Smith was our winner.

Art House was again pleased and honoured to be asked to present an Open27 Art House Prize for the recent exhibition at the Museum. This year two prizewinners were chosen, painter Piotr Kolanko and ceramicist Jo Keogh.

Jo Keogh 3 Bowls The Process of Becomming Cylinder Form

We are excited to have the work of both Jo Smith and Jo Keogh at Art House 10 this year. See Jo Smith's work at 12 Pendene Road and Jo Keogh's ceramics at 73 Holmfield Road

Piotr will be exhibiting next year.

News from 2015

Art House is honoured to support the Leicester Open26 exhibition with the inaugural Art House Prize.

Our first winner is Jo Smith with her textile work 'Black Eye'.

Jo will be exhibiting with Art House in June 2016, however 'Black Eye' and further information about the artist will be on display at 73 Holmfield Road.

Jo Smith Black Eye Textile work

Two other Art House artists were also awarded prizes at the reception ceremony, Tim Fowler received the 'LCB Depot Showcase Award' for his painting 'Blondie', and Peter Rapp the 'City of Leicester Museums' Trust Purchase Award' for his etching 'Poisonous Bunch-back'd Toad'.

Blondie painting by Tim Flowler Poisonous etching by Peter Rapp

Congratulations to Jo, Tim and Peter on their successes.

Art House ceramicist Perin Towlson has kept a huge secret for many months. All was finally revealed during the Richard III reinterment at Leicester Cathedral. The three samples of soil used in the ceremony were contained in Perin's beautifully crafted porcelain pots.

Porcelain Pots made by Perin Towlson

Perin said: "It's amazing. I normally work from my kitchen table and to go from there to Leicester Cathedral, in one of the biggest event in the world at the moment, I can�t believe it."

Her porcelain pots fit snugly into the yew casket. "We were working to millimetre measurements so it was a great moment when they fitted" said Perin. "It's just such a great project to be working on. To be able to have played a role in this truly historic occasion is just a dream come true."

Paul McKenzie, the designer of the yew casket; Leicester ceramicist Perin Towlson, and Michael Ibsen, Richard's relative and the coffin maker

She was given the commission through her membership of Creative Leicestershire, an arts organisation supporting artisan makers in the county.

Perin's work will be on display at Ellerington Fine Art Gallery during this year's event.

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