A VISUAL arts festival has confirmed it will go ahead this year, a month later than normal.

The Artists Open Houses festival usually takes place across Brighton and Hove during weekends in May.

This year organisers have decided to move the festival dates back, starting on the bank holiday weekend of May 29, and running through each weekend until June 20.

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It means the festival will align with the rearranged Brighton Fringe Festival.

Registration for this year's Artists Open Houses festival is open until March 22 at www.aoh.org.uk.

The Argus: Milton House, which won the Artist Open House award last yearMilton House, which won the Artist Open House award last year

The free festival, which is the largest of its kind in the UK, sees artists and craftspeople open the doors to their houses or studio spaces to exhibit and sell their artworks direct to the public.

It dates back to 1981 when an artist from the Fiveways area of Brighton, Ned Hoskins, opened his house to the public to view his work, and other artists followed suit.

Last year's winter festival was held virtually, and artist and illustrator Sarah Jones was crowned the winner of the Latest TV Best Open House Award for Milton House, where she showed off 12 artists' work.

She said: "I’m so pleased to have been voted the Best Open House.

The Argus: Artist Sarah JonesArtist Sarah Jones

"Milton House has been on the short list many times, but in 2020 it was particularly lovely to be recognised, as opening was obviously more challenging than usual.

"Over the years, being part of the Artists Open Houses festival has opened up lots of opportunities and made many friendships.

"I have opened every May and Christmas since 2008 until last May, so it will feel especially good to be back this time.”