Thursday, 27 November 2008

Landscape Returned and Reconsidered

- Celebrating over 35 Years of Printmaking at South Hill Park -

This exhibition brings together new work by past print residents including
Rebecca (Bex) Burchell, Janet Curley Cannon, Jan Gaska, Carole Thompson, Tina Seabrook-Harris and Heather Young. While questioning the traditional representation of landscape, the artists explore and challenge the definition while also reconsidering the relationship between landscape and urban representation.

Opening reception Sat 29 Nov, 1pm to 3pm

South Hill Park Arts Centre -
Atrium and Mirror Gallery
Ringmead, Bracknell
Monday to Saturday 9am to 11pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 10:30pm

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Saturday, 22 November 2008

REVEAL - A Christmas showcase of handmade craft 23-29 November 2008.

An invite for anyone who is interested in craft, Reveal is taking place in Henley on Thames, OXON. reveal showcase

Reveal will bring together the work of 21 makers from around Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Work will include Ceramics, Photography, Glass, Jewellery, Textiles and lots more. A preview of the work and links to the makers websites can be seen here

It's taking place from 23rd – 29th November in the Henley Exhibition Centre, Upper Market Place (behind the Town Hall), Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AQ.

The show is open from 10am -8pm Thursday and Friday and closes at 5pm every other day. It is free admission and all work on show is for sale and most items can be taken away on the day of purchase.

Please come and visit any time throughout the week.

Related links:
reveal showcase 23-29 November 2008 Henley on Thames
Lauren Denney
Lauren Denney on Etsy
Lauren's blog

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

RGA at Castle Hill Gallery

Reading Guild of Artists at Castle Hill Gallery

Eric Stanford, Belinda Fitzwilliams, David Fletcher and Gordana Naslas

Sculpture, paintings, prints and drawings
21 November 2008 -
5 Jan 2009 (closed 2pm 24 Dec - 1 Jan)
Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 4pm.

Please come and meet the artists on Thursday 20 November 6-8pm

Castle Hill Gallery, 122a Castle Hill, Reading RG1 7RJ. 0118 957 3561

image: Requiem by Eric Stanford

Friday, 14 November 2008

On Our Watch 22 Nov - 7 Dec

Gallery 10 overlooks the Minster graveyard. Jo Thomas and Alex Buhagiar present work inspired by observing this green space.

Visitors are invited to browse or leave their own mark on the gallery, by participating in the interactive pieces and making their own contributions to the show. Video, photography, sound, and mixed media feature in this exhibition, as do local environmental groups.

Opening Event:
Sat 22nd Nov 1 - 3 pm

Discussion Event:
Sun 30th Nov starts 2.30pm

Monday, 10 November 2008

Felicity Ford is doing a practise-based doctorate on The domestic soundscape and presenting everyday sounds to audiences.
Her research involves developing and experimenting with creative ways of showcasing everyday sounds. The latest example of such work is The Fantastical Reality Radio Show, a commission fulfilled in Summer 2008 for Radio Reverb and The Sonic Arts Network.

Celebrating everyday sounds within the context of a conventional radio show format, the radio show was made in collaboration with Kayla Bell and Claudia Figueiredo of Mundane Appreciation and involves much speculation on such topics as washing up, the methodology for making the perfect cup of tea and
other everyday topics.

To help with her research and to learn about how some of the ideas of the radio show translate to an audience, Felicity Ford is hosting a feedback afternoon at Oxford Brookes University on Thursday 13th November and would deeply appreciate the input of anyone who has listened to, or who is interested in, the show. It is hoped that the event will be a useful experience for other artists working with everyday sounds and anyone who is interested in the idea of how audiences experience work.

To participate you will need to come to Oxford Brookes University on Thursday 13th November and bring a portable mp3 player/ipod/CD walkman with headphones.

The timetable for the event is like this:

1:00 - 1:20pm brief introduction of the project, by Felicity
1:20- 1:50pm tea and coffee, plus opportunity for everyone to take copies of the show onto individual music players (you will need around 50MBfree space)
1:50 - 3:00pm listening time... just take a walk, listen to the show, note your responses...
3:00 - 4:00pm open feedback forum just on the theme of Your experience of Fantastical Reality Radio Show

Hopefully this will provide an afternoon's interest and provide some further thoughts on how, generally, to get feedback on art work as well as providing unique insights into the Fantastical Reality Radio Show.

The address for the feedback afternoon is:

Room: RHB115
>> > Richard Hamilton Building, Oxford Brookes University,
>> > Headington Hill Campus, Oxford, OX3 0BP, UK
>> > Tel: +44 (0)1865 484959
>> > Fax: +44 (0)1865 484952

Please telephone or email Felicity (078 3513 6201/ to confirm whether or not you will be coming.

If you want to download all 5 shows in their entirety and check out the whole project first, you can see everything at:

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Artists Talk

ReOrsa Artists Project No. 3
43A Peach Street, Wokingham

This Friday evening, 14 Nov from 6 to 7 PM the artists will be giving a free talk, open to the public, about their work and the opportunities for artists in Berkshire. The discussion will be led by Crowthorne/Bracknell artist and ReOrsa Co-founder Janet Curley Cannon who will be talking with Crowthorne artist Carol Coates about her paintings from a body of work based on her family background in Catholicism; Ascot artist Hildegunn Gravdal about her captivating 'Jelly Babies' that are lined up on the window ledges in the space; and Reading artist Sarah Britten-Jones about her puzzling hanging piece created specifically for this project. There will be time for questions from the audience and a chance to have a look around at the work of all 15 artists involved in this project before it closes the next day. The project space will have extended opening hours on Friday, open from 11 AM through to the close of the talk at 7 PM.

Please come along and help support an active artists community in Berkshire!

Image copyright C Coates; more info at

Friday, 7 November 2008

Arts Council England South East

Arts Council England, South East have just released their south east regional plan entitled Great art for everyone
published 5th Nov 2008

Below is an excerpt from their website:

Arts Council England, South East has published its regional plan, Great art for everyone, which describes how we will fulfil our mission of great art for everyone.

Our plan is the articulation of the journey that we, at Arts Council England, South East, want to lead the arts sector on during the next three years.

We will invest more than £80 million into the arts in the south east, and support artists and arts organisations to touch the lives of many millions of people through the arts.

Our plan is about how we will support and develop an even more robust and vibrant arts community here in the south east by advocating for and promoting the value of the arts in all of our lives, seeking out partnerships and brokering relationships to maximise resources.

Nationally, we will all be working hard to develop key areas of our work: taking advantage of the opportunities digital technology presents to us and to the artists and arts organisations we support; supporting children and young people to enjoy and benefit from the arts and creativity; and taking advantage of the opportunities presented by the Olympic and Paralympic Games to showcase British culture.

In addition to these development priorities, in the south east we will be focusing on the following four areas:

* Supporting Deaf and disabled artists - in particular to develop their leadership skills; raise their profile and widen their influence; and increase their creative output. We will also encourage and promote debate about best practice regionally, nationally and internationally among deaf and disabled artists.

* Building a stronger visual arts - as part of Turning Point - our 10-year strategy launched in 2006, prioritising investment and resources to strengthen the contemporary visual arts infrastructure

* Arts outdoors - prioritising this area of work because it engages people in their everyday environments, seeking out an audience and making them feel differently about where they live

* Increasing engagement in priority places - in particular in Ashford & East Kent; Milton Keynes South Midlands; Partnership for Urban South Hampshire; and Thames Gateway North Kent.

click here to download a copy

Thursday, 6 November 2008

RBH 13

Reading Guild of Artists at the Royal Berkshire Hospital

Craven Road, Reading RG1 5AN.
Level 2 Corridors. Exhibition and sale of work.
16 Sept - 10 Dec 2008
Open 8am - 8pm
Image: Check Mate by Rita Howe

Sunday, 2 November 2008

What are we made of? Wed 19th November, 6-9pm

What are we made of?
Exploring the relationship between creativity and place in Berkshire.

Wednesday 19th November, 6-9pm
The Town Hall , Reading

Guest Speaker:
Richard Wentworth

Berkshire Voices:
Keira Martin
Steve Rock
Jo Thomas

Louise O'Reilly

Tickets Free but must be reserved in advance..

Reading Arts Box Office on 0118 960 60 60 or at

Berkshire Arts:Local Authority Partners invite you to an evening exploring the relationship between creativity and place in Berkshire.

Julia Rogers