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Are you bound for Brighton in the next month? If so, you’ll be in the city for the famous Artists’ Open Houses festival, which runs for every weekend in May. The best news for dog lovers is that The Dog Show is back – the dog-themed art exhibition which not only debuted last year, but also claimed the prize of runner up for Best Open House well over a hundred competitors.

It’s not hard to see why – here are some highlights from that very first show…

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The Artists’ Open Houses Festival is unique in that in allows visitors to view and purchase pieces directly from artists’ homes – The Dog Show was the idea of Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne, authors of the wonderful Knit Your Own Dog series, and as such all of their gorgeous knitted breeds will be available to view. Above is Joanna’s front room transformed in a celebration of dog!

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Sally Muir is also a talented painter, and will be doing on-the-spot dog portraits for one of the festival’s days.

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Creations by Dee McCracken of Felted Fido – each exquisite miniature takes hours of work with wire and wool.

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Dominic Grubb’s upcycled cardboard Bulldog was incredibly popular last year.

Robin Parker’s black iron wire Lurcher.

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.01.43Lorraine Corrigan’s fine paper sighthound sculptures.

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This year over 200 pieces of original dog art will be on display from eleven artists – five from last year’s event and six new. Two special events will be held – on 14 May, on-the-spot dog drawing by Sally Muir and on 21 May, a dog photo booth session by award-winning photographer Alma Haser. Booking for these is essential. There will also be tea, cake and mingling, and the best bit is that dogs are allowed in too! Find out more about this show and the whole festival at www.aoh.org.uk

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