Friday, 31 October 2008

ARC event:

Portrait of a Project: Jon Lockhart & Invited Guest Artists


South Hill Park
Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA, Tel: 01344 416240

Come and meet Jon and other artists taking part in the project. You will have a chance to ask a wide range of questions from the conceptual framework of the project to issues relating to funding and collaboration.

The event is free, but booking is recommended. Bookings at:


When objects are presented within a gallery context they are constantly re-interpreted, their meaning and their function rarely remain a static finality. These objects are seen in relation to when and why they were produced but they are also allowed to resonate and to evolve within the space that they are being viewed.

This phenomenon of perpetual object attractiveness exists within mass produced objects and operating systems both during and after their functional existence; but there is a gap between the lucky objects that live on and the ones that disappear from our emotional and physical radar.

This disparity has led Lockhart to consider the interrelatedness between the use of products and the educational, spiritual, sociological and cultural elements that form an end users response and attraction to these products. Working alongside a group of ceramicists, Lockhart explores the idea of unique, hand made objects versus mass production.

Brief Biog

Jon Lockhart’s work is predominantly based within mixed media installation, using made and found objects ranging from slip cast ceramic objects to computer cut materials through to Hammond organs and pop corn making machines. The drive implicit to all of the work is the pursuit of a commonality of experience through the manipulation, handling and consumption of objects.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

ReOrsa Artists Project No. 3

If you didn't get a chance to make it to the recent Bracknell project, we're back with a smaller but perfectly formed group in another vacant shop space, but this time Wokingham! And if you did visit the Bracknell project, this is new work from some of the same artists, as well as work from a few new faces.

The artists have responded to the small space in varying and interesting ways, so hope you can make it to the Private View on Tuesday the 4th of Nov, 6 - 8 PM or at some point over the 8 days we're open from the 5th to 15th Nov, 11am to 5pm.

More information on the web site at

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Reading Experimental Film Festival

Reading Experimental Film Festival.
Rising Sun Arts Centre, Silver Street, Reading.

A chance to see an eclectic range of experimental film works from established and emerging artists. Not to be missed is
John Smith's 1976 classic: 'The Girl Chewing Gum'; Jordan Baseman's 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough', courtesy of Matt's Gallery,
London; Tina Keane's 'Ghost Train' and Jacob Cartwight & Nick Jordan's most recent film, 'New Madrid'.

Other films included in the screening programmes by: Katy Beinart & Steven Eastwood & Mia Taylor / Alex Buhagiar / Tessa Garland / Lee Hassall / Ruth Hatch /
Matt Hulse / Philip Newcombe / Alex Pearl / Erica Scourti / Pauline Thomas / Vicky Vergou.

The Audible Picture Show, curated by Matt Hulse and made specifically for the Reading Experimental Film Festival is not to be missed. A highly
innovative programme of short audio works created specially for darkened cinemas. (Visit: audible picture show for more info).

Also a rare chance to see a selection of works in a special programme, by the young French Filmmaker Jean-Gabriel Periot:
Jean-Gabriel Periot became an experimental filmmaker almost by accident, and since 2000, has been invited to show his work at major festivals across the world. He has won the Grand Prix at Tampere International Film Festival, Cork International Film Festival, Pris de Court in Paris. His films have also won major awards at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, L'Alternativa in Barcelona, Japan Media Art in Tokyo and Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. He was also recently involved in a group show 'Paranoia' at the Freud Museum, London with Jeremy Deller, Doug Fishbone and others.

Gavin Lombos (bloco electro) will be performing live to the 1972 classic, 'La Cabina'. Gavin has responded to this challenge by producing an original score, for the event. Also performing to the Rod Steiger classic 'The Pawnbroker', will be The Pawnbroker (Pete Brookes and Ben Sandiford).

Mark Langley and Mike Taylor have produced installations that take into consideration the difficult architecture and the idea of communal space that the Rising Sun is known for.

The cost is £4.50 (all weekend). Come on down!


Sunday, 12 October 2008

The Big Draw in Saint Laurence

Come and join in The Big Draw with Reading Guild of Artists in Saint Laurence Church, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH. Saturday 18 October 2008, 10.30am - 3pm. Drop in any time, all ages, all ages, all materials provided. No previous experience needed, but of course experienced artists are also very welcome. The event is non-religious, and visitors of all faiths and philosophies are welcome. Everyone can draw!

Saint Laurence was built in 1120 and extended in 1196. Changes during the centuries culminated in a recent spectacular modernisation which provides a fascinating blend of ancient and modern, and a wealth of colour, form, texture and text to be explored in drawings and rubbings. The history of Saint Laurence is closely tied to the history of Reading.

More information at
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Wednesday, 8 October 2008

You are invited to come and join us for the preview of Human Magpies a celebration of arts in health on Friday 10th October 2008 6 - 8.30pm, at Gallery 10 10 Gun Street, Reading, RG1 2JR
Exhibition 11th October - 26th October Open Tue - Sun 11am - 6pm

We are a gathering of human magpies who collect images, colours, thoughts, emotions, memories and the odd sparkling object that inspires.

Our exhibition is a celebration of arts in mental health and how important the arts are as an integral part of our healing.

Most of our artists work from art junction, a gathering space for artists and creative people whose lives have been disrupted by mental health issues.

The Art Junction group is supported by Together @ Resource. Together is a leading national charity working for wellbeing: that helps people with mental health needs to get what they want from life.

We would love to see you at the preview on the 10 th October 2008 6 - 8.30pm
For more info Together @ Resource 0118 9580722