Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Exuberance – Caversham artists step out of the workshop

13 artists from Caversham will step out of their workshops to take part in Exuberance at 43 Peach Street Wokingham over the Christmas and New Year as part of the Empty Shops Initiative.

There will be two shows taking place, the first from 17th to 30th December and the second from 4th to 16th January 2010 with meet the artists evenings on 17th December and 7th January 2010 from 5pm – 9pm.

The first show will open on Thursday 17th December at 12.30pm. There will be late opening and the opportunity to meet the artists over a glass of wine between 5pm and 9pm.

See for more information.

Natasha Zavialov

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Reveal 10-13 December - Local handmade craft

Reveal starts today at 5pm, please join us for nibbles and wine from 5pm to 8pm at The Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley on Thames. Reveal will be open from 10-5pm on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th December.

There will be a range of handmade craft for sale from local makers including glass, ceramics, textiles, photography and jewellery. To see images of Reveal that took place last week please click here.
See for more details.

Thursday, 3 December 2009

EMERGENT LIGHT - Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields 7th Dec - 31 Jan

Reading Artist Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields is showing new photography at
The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre
Manchester Square, 18 Fitzhardinge Street, London W1H 6EQ; Tel. 020 7486 0295 ext. 108
Opening times: Mon - Fri 12.00 - 18.00. Admission free
(booking essential, by phone or e-mail at

Private View
Monday 7 December 2009 at 19.00. Entry is free but booking is essential.
Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields will be in conversation with Mihai Risnoveanu, Artistic Consultant of the Romanian Cultural Centre in London, on the subject of her photographs. The public is encouraged to take part in this open discussion.

Organised by The Ratiu Foundation / Romanian Cultural Centre in London;

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Reveal - 3-6 December - Buy Handmade

Thursday 3rd December is the opening evening of Reveal - A showcase of handmade craft. All the work on show is for sale and handmade locally, don't just buy handmade this Christmas, buy local too.

Please come and join us for a glass of wine and nibbles from 5pm - 8pm. If you can't make it we will be open from 10am - 5pm Fri 4th, Sat 5th and Sunday 6th, and if that isn't enough there will be a second show from 10th - 13th December so we expect to see you there!

There will be a selection of ceramics, jewellery, glass, photography and more. See the Reveal website for details of who is taking part and a sneak preview of the lovely handmade goodies that will be for sale.

Friday, 27 November 2009


The PEEPSHOW in 173 Friar Street is now open
24 hours a day
created by
more information will soon be available at

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Come and make a pot, eat mince pies and buy some handmade christmas gifts

Just a quick reminder that All I want for Christmas is taking place this weekend (28 &29 November) at the New Directions Centre, North Reading Centre (Caversham Centre) by Waitrose Car park in Caversham.

Saturday 10am – 5 pm & Sunday 11am – 5pm , 28 & 29 November 2009.

Not only will there be a range of work for sale from local makers, there will also be drop in pottery workshops from 11-3 every day. These will run on a first come first served basis so get there early to avoid disappointment. And if that isn't enough to tempt you there will be homemade mince pies and lots of lovely people to meet!

There will be Ceramics, painting, furniture, wood, jewellery, weaving and lots more locally produced handmade art and crafts for sale. On both Saturday and Sunday tutors from New Directions courses will also be showing and selling their work.

Contact us at or visit our website

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

organ concert

Saturday, 21st of November,
8 pm

at St. Andrew`s Church, Caversham Heights

organ concert

with Paul Manley

the 18 year old
four times winner of
the Albert Barkus Trophy,
soon to be organ scholar
of Queen's College, Oxford

Tickets £ 10 / £ 8 (including refreshments)

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

South Hill Park Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 14th (11am -6pm) & Sunday 15th (10am -5pm) November.

This weekend is the annual South Hill Park Christmas Craft Fair. There will be a range of ceramics, art, printmaking, textiles, jewellery, cards and more.

There are also free demonstrations as well as workshops for adults and children.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

We Can Do This

REFF: Special Bursary
The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
Jon Lockhart: Performance: We Can Do This
23rd Oct 7:30-9:30 25th Oct 6:30-9:00

An installation and performance using coffee and popcorn as a link to a cinematic history.
Using props and live video and audio, Jon Lockhart will for the first time be part of the art.
Come and marvel at how much you can remember, be afraid at how much you thought you'd
forgot. This performance is not suitable for animals.
Posted by arttrumpet at 06:53

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Creative Partner sought

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bracknell is currently looking for a visual artist to work with them in the planning and development phase of Year 2 of their Creative Partnerships Change Schools programme.

For a copy of the Creative Partner brief, email

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

things are changing

There is a new place to hang out right here.

We are hoping it will better serve the way we all are using the hang on blog - we've outgrown this blog an dthe new space will prvide opportunities for you to upload images of your work, a place for discussion and ideas and a listings space so go and have a look and join in.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Monday, 14 September 2009

Journeys between hand and eye. 14th to 25th Sept.

An exhibition by staff at Thames Valley University that explores ideas of Journey and approaches to drawing. Visitors are asked to visit Reception at TVU, Kings Road on arrival.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

ReOrsa Artists Project No. 4

Art on Broadway - 17th to 19th September; PV 16th 5 -7pm at 11 Crossway, Bracknell

The ReOrsa artists are putting contemporary art by Thames Valley artists in empty shop spaces again. This year we have a small exhibition and a few window installations, but will also be spreading out with art that will hang from the buildings, trees, rails, and will literally be walking up and down Broadway
. We hope you can pay us a visit and show support for the regions artists. For a full programme of activities visit

Friday, 4 September 2009

artist/filmmaker/photographer/soundartist wanted

Opportunity to produce documentation for Public Art Events this Autumn.
Fee £200
D/L Friday 18th September

more information: figure ground project blog and here

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Artist`s Talk: Bithja Moor

Thursday the 10th of September,
8 pm at
St. Andrew`s Church Hall, Caversham Heights
Albert Road, RG4 7PL


Wednesday, 26 August 2009

opportunities for artists in the public realm

Brighton: Saturday 24th October
Bracknell: Thursday 29th October
MK: Friday 6th November
Chatham: Friday 13th November

Figure Ground* is an artist led organisation which has developed events around the South East region to encourage creative debate on what it means to practice in the public realm. Applications are invited from artists who consider their work to come under the broad umbrella of public art to participate in one of the four events. For more information please get in touch:
For updates and info:

* Figure Ground is Katy Beinart, Jo Thomas, Jon Adams. We are a group of artists’ who came together as former recipients of Art Plus awards from Arts Council England.

WAF - Whitley Arts Festival 20th Oct - 1st Nov 2009

The Whitley Arts Festival - championing and creating experimental new work by national and local artists. It is happening in Whitley and across Reading.

If you are organising an arts event that coincides with the festival. There may be opportunities to be included in the programme - contact WAF on or via the website.

Special features this year include experimental film (REFF) featuring a live performance by Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo (including Guy's seminal work 'Man with mirror'). Also a world premiere of a film made by Mark Aerial Waller in Whitley using actors and non actors fron Reading.
Moondogs cafe is the festival hub, featuring a free event every day, including sound and video installations, poetry and photography

The butler pub will be hosting three free nights of music, projections and art
There will be other events, such as Poetry at Risc, film and art at the Retreat pub, and much more.
Check out for more info

Monday, 24 August 2009

Virtually Sculpture @ South Hill Park

Last week, don't miss it! ends 31 August

(Note only Mansion Space Galleries open on 31 Aug)
Virtually Sculpture is the culmination of Michael Shaw’s three year fellowship hosted at Loughborough University exploring the sculptural potential of computer aided design and manufacture to extend Donald Judd’s concept, Specific Objects

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

Mansion Space Galleries: Mon - Sat 9am - 11pm, Sun & Bank Hols 11am - 10.30pm

Bracknell Gallery: Wed 7pm - 9.30pm, Thur - Sat 1pm - 9.30pm, Sun 1pm-5pm

Wednesday, 12 August 2009


REFF: Reading Experimental Film Festival, 2009

WHO: artists / filmmakers.
WHAT: Short narrative / non-narrative experimental films, to be submitted into the Screening Programme of the 2nd REFF. The festival will include a special live performance of Guy Sherwin's 1970's seminal piece 'Man with Mirror', a survey of The London Film Makers Co-op and a Matt Hulse retrospective.It will also feature a REFF commisioned piece of work from Mark Aerial Waller.

WHEN: 23rd-25th October.
PAYMENTS: No payments.
CHARGES: No charges.
DETAILS: The Screening Programme is a vital component of the Festival. For last years programme see: There is no specific genre. All films should be under 15 minutes in length.All films should be formatted onto DVD for submission purposes. Unless a SAE is included, DVD's cannot be returned.
APPLY: Send DVD to: REFF, 31 Alpine Street, Reading, RG1 2PY, Berkshire. Deadline: Friday 30th August.
Deadline: 30th August 2009

Networking for artists and makers in Berkshire and beyond!

2nd Thursdays @ South Hill Park
Come along to informal arc networking meetings at Wilde Bar in South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell.

Please invite your creative friends and bring your artwork, portfolio, a funding application or anything art related that you have in your mind at the moment. We hope to offer a chance for a critical yet friendly exchange of ideas.

NEXT MEETING ON THURSDAY 14 AUGUST. After this, the meetings will take place in the Wilde Bar on every second Thursday of the month, 2pm - 4.30pm.

You will also have an opportunity to visit the current exhibition at the Bracknell Gallery.

Free - No booking is required.

Wilde Bar, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA

Directions at:

Friday, 7 August 2009

Christmas Arts Market

Deadline: 20th August

Christmas Arts Market - Sunday 6th December at Rising Sun Arts Centre 10.00 - 5.30
To apply to take part / have a stall etc. email:

Book Face - Sunday 1st November

Call for artists making artists books: hand made book creations, experimental and altered works, small press, local authors, poets, comic book artists, book collectors and more to take part in a book fair with a difference!

There will be book stalls of artists and writers exhibiting and selling their original work with poetry readings and artists’ demos. Share ideas, relax and enjoy drinks and snacks at the bar.

If you would like to participate or book a stall, please email Neile Wright or call the Rising Sun Arts Centre on 0118 9866788 for more details.

Rising Sun Arts Centre, 30 Silver Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 2ST
11.00am-5.00pm Admission Free


Exciting news...

Reading Experimental Film Festival, 2009
REFF is in the position to offer three £300 bursaries to commission new work on the subject of light. The films will be premiered at the festival in October making up part of a challenging programme.
Applications need to be made by September 1st. Please follow this link for more details.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Empty Shop Space Available

Wokingham Borough Council is keen to work with artists in empty shop exhibitions and will work to provide invigilation and cover empty shop rental fees as well as help with publicity. If a group of artists are interested in holding an exhibition or project in a shop in Wokingham town centre, please contact -

Trish Steinhardt
Tel: 011 8974 6066 cel: 07801664392

Cultural Development Manager
Policy & Partnerships
Wokingham Borough Council
Shute End, Wokingham, Berks RG40 1BN

Friday, 31 July 2009

Dan Dunne - exhibiting Stripped at the Retreat Pub

Exhibition throughout August

St Johns Street

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Olympic Ideals

24 July - 15 August 2009

Battle Library
420 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1EE
0118 901 5100
Mon, Thu, Fri 9-1, 2-5
Tue 9-1, 2-7
Sat 9-1, 2-4
Closed Wed & Sun

Come and meet the artists on Friday 24 July,
9am - 1pm, 2-5pm

This event is part of Reading Borough Council's initiative Reading Opens Up, in support of the London 2012 Open Weekend 2009

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Artists Networking OHOS 23rd July

There is an informal gathering at Open Hand Open Space Studios in Reading on Thursday 23rd July from 6-9pm.

contact for the e-flyer with full details of the evening and a template for you to produce your own piece of art to bring with you.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

free flights for artists from BA

I am told via the generous Julia Rogers.

BA are giving away free flights for people to travel to become the best at what they are doing, there is a category for artists.

But there are only 4 days to apply.

I guess the 4 days start today.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Big Bang Practice at Gallery 10, 6th - 12th July

Martina Binding
Maria Hofstadler
Earl Jesse
Zuzia Orska
Anne Proctor
Val Thorne
Liyun Wang
Emma Wylie

Gallery 10, Gun St, Reading
11 - 6 daily (closes 4pm Sunday)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

New gallery opening in Tilehurst on Friday 26th June from 5pm-9pm

You are invited to the private view of the opening exhibition of pottery and ceramic art at Bluematchbox on Friday 26th June from 5pm-9pm.

Bluematchbox is a brand new gallery for pottery and ceramic art located at 205 Halls Road, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4PT.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Future of OVADA Gallery - Meeting 18th June 6pm

Many of you will know Ovada or have been supported by Ovada in recent years as artists.
Although based in Oxford, Ovada has supported many artists across the region. It's the sort of organisation I feel we could do with in Reading. Things look like they might be changing.

There is an open meeting to discuss the future of OVADA and the gallery space in relation to the planned redevelopment of the Old Fire Station building complex which is due to start mid 2010. The focus of the new development will be a Skylight Centre for Oxford, managed by the homeless charity Crisis which will open to the public in March 2011.

This meeting is primarily aimed at artists, as OVADA's major stakeholders, but it is an open meeting that everybody is invited to attend. They would like to share with you what they know about the development and how it will impact OVADA, and gain your thoughts and feedback on how the organisation could develop beyond 2010.

If you would like to attend, and be updated on more information prior to the meeting, please send your name and email address to Lucy Phillips, Acting Projects Manager at: or alternatively call 01865 201782.

Big Weave - training days for artists

for more information: marriott.caroline

whiteknights studio trail 20th & 21st June

Annual Studio Trail - all venues open 11 - 6 for more info and images.

Monday, 8 June 2009

Fine Art degree shows

Thames Valley University Fine Art and Community Art Degree shows open this Thursday from 6pm, closely followed by Reading University Fine Art Degree which opens Friday from 4pm
after Paul Buck.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Caversham Open Studios 5-7 June 2009

Something for the weekend! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday will see the second Caversham Open Studios taking place at various venues in Caversham.

There will be 15 venues and 27 artists exhibiting at this year’s Caversham Open Studios. Please come and enjoy this free event, an open house experience which includes: painting, print, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, photography, video, textiles, jewellery and much more.

Please come and visit me at venue 12 where you can see my studio and ceramics. I will also be having a pottery make and take for children (and adults) if you want to get creative. See my website for further details.

For further information please visit the COS blog.

Friday, 29 May 2009

Friday 12th June at 3pm, Department of Fine Art Private View, Whiteknights campus, University of Reading

I am very excited to inform you that Paul Buck, acclaimed artist and writer will be giving a talk to all finalists and guests at the private view.
This will be free of charge and a fantastic opportunity to discuss continuing art practice beyond this point. Not to be missed. Please spread the word.

"Paul Buck worked at Better Books in the 1960s, his memories of this period can be found in Iain Sinclair's anthology London: City of Disappearances. His work derives from text, from language, & through various performance approaches often resulting in other textual realizations. He has written somewhere in the region of 50 books, including the novel The Honeymoon Killers. In the 1970s he edited the literary/arts magazine Curtains, which published writing by Georges Bataille, Jacques Derrida, Iain Sinclair, Allen Fisher, Eric Mottram, & Paul Auster. He has performed at the ICA as part of an Artaud/Genet weekend along with artists including Peter Sellars, Patti Smith, & Pierre Guyotat. He has translated works by Bernard Noël, Pierre Klossowski, Maurice Blanchot, Catherine Breillat, & Raul Ruiz. He has worked with Marc Almond, Melinda Miel, & 48 Cameras. Spread Wide (2004) is a work generated from correspondence with Kathy Acker. His current projects include works on Paris & the cinema & a new novel." First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, October 9th, 2008. Exit Theory: An Interview with Paul Buck Interview by Steve Finbow.

Saturday, 23 May 2009

new studios in progress

images of the studios so far

The Old British School on Southampton Street was built in 1810.

Eventually it will be part of a larger residential development but the main studios will have their own street facing entrance with small network/ exhibition space plus space for about 10 artists in the main studio.

Artists and Jelly Changing Reading for the day

Friday 29 May 11am - 4pm; Exhibition from 4-5.30pm. Town Hall Square. Free.

jelly, with the help of Reading artists, will be helping anyone and everyone who wants to become an Artist for the day.

To celebrate 20 years of the Children’s Festival jelly is creating a town full of artists and artists in the making for the day – it is a hugely ambitious project, with many artists already signed up to help. jelly is providing materials, the expertise and anyone will have the opportunity to be creative. ~ we are looking to recreate the Freeze exhibition of 1988 and create our own stars of the future, culminating in a mass art exhibition and changing the face of Reading for the day.

The exhibition of works created on the day will take place using the railings around Town Hall Square and the John Soane monument.

Window exhibitions of works by the artists helping will be housed in 27/28 Market Place (opposite the Post Office) and 173 Friar Street (in Town Hall Square) from Friday 22 May until Friday 5 June inc. All this has been made possible by the generous help and support of Reading artists, Reading people and businesses, including Sainsbury’s, Haslams, Fryer Holt.

If you're not already involved you might want to

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Henley Arts Trail

Sat 23 - Mon 25 May
20 Open Studios in the Henley, Shiplake, Wargrave and Twyford area.


The RGA exhibition at the Royal Berkshire Hospital ends on 29 May, so don't miss it! Level 2 South and Link corridors, plus Eye Block. 8am - 8pm. 25% of sales goes to the RBH's Arts and Gardens Fund.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Changes, happening and events

When we originally stated to meet, Jo and I, it seemed such a small thing just to hang out once a month and escape from the *whatevers* that we may be doing and then more people came and then other things started to happen and people started to talk and plot and devise and suddenly there seems to be a lot happening round here.

This blog doesn't manage to do all the things we want it to do, to find things it's quite complex but it does store information and is a reminder of what there has been before. We are working on what the future of this online space will look like, how it might happen and what the purpose. It's taking time because we are so busy but it doesn't mean it's neglected, I'm reminded of it everyday that I use the internet for something or other and realise how the *networks* we have all created can grow and be improved. Maybe it's something we could all talk about at the next hang-on, or post a comment here?

A definite page would be too list the many events and exhibitions going on here ~ I know I sometimes thought not much happened round here but the proof is by the postings on here and emails. (speaking of which see the flyer for Julia's performance on Friday 12th June).

It'd be good to hear what you think, how we can amalgamate the information, show our work and continue to grow.

The next hang-on meet is Friday 29th May from 4.30pm, please come along and support us even earlier that day, here is the info about the day and the jelly studios, exhibition space.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Studio 8 Open Evening and Art Auction

Thur 14 May 2009, 6-9pm
New Greenham Arts, 113 Lindenmuth Way, New Greenham Park, Newbury, RG19 6HN
Artists: Jane Cannon, Jackie Cross, Shirley Eccles, Flora Gare, Sally Haynes, Margaret Hodges, Cipriano Martinez, Julie Parker, Helen Peake, Steve Sommerville
Curry buffet from 9pm, £8 per person

Thursday, 7 May 2009


9-16 May, 11 - 5pm

Well House, St Michaels Lane, Sulhamstead, Berkshire RG7 4DP
0118 983 3608

Showing work by Helen Lunn, Gill Goodwin, Ingrid Jensen and Janet Walton as part of Open Studios 2009 West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

A Quiet Knowledge

Arlington Arts Centre
Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ

5 May - 26 June 2009
Open 10am - 4.30pm Mon-Fri, and 10am -1pm on selected Saturdays (please call 01635 244231 for details)

Celebrating a diversity of work by artists from West Berkshire and beyond, with sculpture in the surrounding grounds. All profits go to Mary Hare.

Associated with Open Studios 2009 West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Babylon at the Turbine House, Blake's Lock

Estelle Birch, Emma Tovey, Charlie Prentice, Michael Maskell, Gemma Baker, Sam Holroyd, Francesca Pattison

The artists have created work that links directly and indirectly with the history, myths and religion that Babylon has to offer.


21 April - 28 May 2009

10am - 5pm Mon - Sat
Newbury Corn Exchange
Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD

A group of visual artists give their personal interpretation on dance and music: Sadie Brockbank, Shirley Eccles, Paul Forsey, Sally Haynes, David H. Jones, Kate Kessling, Helen Lunn, Arran Miles, Sarah Moorcroft, Nigel Moores, Sue Ross, Steve Sommerville and Jane Whitaker.

Presented by Open Studios 09, West Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

At Play at South Hill Park

18 April - 21 June 2009

At Play in the Bracknell Gallery and Tall Hall.

Open Wed 7-9.30pm, Thu-Sat 1-9.30pm, Sun 1-5pm
The exhibition re-creates in both adults and children a sense of what it is like to be a child at play. It encourages the viewer to gaze, to remember, to touch, to explore, to trust, to think, to laugh, to peer, to concentrate, to join in, to bend down, to take a chance … and to play.
At Play 1 features work by Marco Cali, Marcin Gajewski, Rosie Gibson, Judy Goldhill & Sophie Loss, Susan Eyre, Cathy Hart & Esther Jervis, Aaron Head, Pernille Holm-Mercer, Ingrid Jensen, Philip Lee, Siobhan McAuley, Samantha Mogelonsky, Fedor Pavlov-Andreevich, Kay Sentance, Liz Whiteman Smith, John Tenniel and Cally Trench. At Play is curated by Outi Remes and Cally Trench.

Image by Susan Eyre: Restricted View (Winter), detail

Live performances on 17 April:

6.00 - 7.30pm: Philip Lee, in Sitting Slip, explores extreme forms of child’s play and pleasure in doing something that an adult is not supposed to do.

7.30 - 8.30pm Fedor Pavlof-Andreevich performs Dead Radio. The audience is invited to twiddle the artist’s knobs making him physically switch from station to station – signing, reading news, quoting popular radio shows – all from the Soviet Union era.
Also, Sandcastles by Kay Sentance in the Bracknell town centre and the arts centre during the exhibition and opening day. Sandcastles, far from a beach, aims to provide playful reminders and surprising chance encounters between the sandcastles and the public.

Plus Images 32 group exhibition in the mansion spaces, presenting the best of British contemporary illustration.

South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, RG12 7PA. 01344 416240

Monday, 6 April 2009

Full of Beans

Full of Beans: An Exhibition Taking a Look at Life
Featuring Artwork by Shelley Montague, Bithja Moor, and Paul Mullins
Friday, 1st to Monday, 4th May
St Andrew's Church, Harrogate Road, Caversham, Reading RG4 7PW

Three local artists who are members of St Andrew's invite you to their show exploring the theme of life over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend. This is a contemporary art exhibition in a religious space, and not a religious art exhibition. We do hope, however, that the space will provide a reflective setting in which to share some of our thoughts about life -- the little and the big, the serious and the light-hearted. There will be a mixture of different media on display, ceramics, sketches and installations, as well as a range of activities and events throughout the weekend.

Friday 01 May
7- 9 pm opening (everyone is welcome)
8 pm introductory talk by Nancy Cho (Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture)
Saturday 02 May
open 2 - 6 pm
2 - 4 pm guided drawing session
Sunday 03 May
open 2 - 6 pm
4:30 pm choral evensong
Monday 04 May
open 2 - 6 pm
4 - 6 pm live jazz

There will be refreshments available every day from 2- 4 pm
All welcome. Entrance is free.

Friday, 27 March 2009

Creative partner sought - photographer/multi-media specialist

Hawthorns Primary School in Wokingham and Creative Partnerships wish to contract a creative partner or partners to support the delivery of their creative learning programme, of which the theme is increasing enjoyment of learning, and enabling a greater effectiveness in learning and teaching.

For a full brief please email

Submission deadline: 4.00 pm on Friday 17 April 2009

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

art fund prize

Reading Museum could win award from Art Fund Prize (evening post article) - all to do with those lovely boxes that the museum lends out - if you haven't used the scheme there are some amazing stuffed animals and other gorgeous paraphernalia that is lent to colleges etc. - and they've always welcomed artists who have used the stores / study room.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Earl Jesse Exhibition at Progress Theatre 30th Mar to 4th April

"A fantastic first time solo exhibition is being held at the Progress Theatre, Reading. Earl Jesse has been chosen to exhibit a selection of work to compliment the theatre performance adaptation of Shakespeare's MacBeth."

The Theatre opens at 7:15pm every evening, the performance starts at 7:45pm & bar until 11pm. Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5HL

Tuesday, 17 March 2009


image courtesy of Richard Conway-Jones, a picture for you EVERY FRIDAY 10 -6 TWYFORD

It feels like there is a building momentum at the moment, I hope it's not just me that feels like that but I look where we all are as an un-cordinated group of artists getting things happen locally and regionally and how much we have changed in the past two years since Hang-On first started to happen.

We have contact points, regular mail outs, a blog to find info and gathering opportunities and working together in different ways. Many new things have happened including Gallery 10, arjeea21, just two minutes more, the new Wokingham Arts Independent Forum and changing the shop windows of Reading. Online networks such as the music space and then the Film Festival that happened last Autumn.

We want to keep building the momentum in as many ways as we can, supporting each other and strengthening the creative community here. Jo and I will be looking at how to extend the Hang-On and develop it so it works better for us all and to help us, please let us know what you'd like to see.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Independent Arts Forum - local berkshire

A new Independent Arts Forum meets in Wokingham. It is expected to be for those who live or have studios in the Wokingham area so if that includes you....

There is the very first meeting on 24th March at 6pm at THE ARTS BAR at THE CANTLEY LODGE Wellington Road, Wokingham.

Further information contact Dee on

Dee has mentioned the Arts Forum will be for the local berkshire "we have
people from Ascot/Sunningdale coming over, Reading as well as Crowthorne and Sandhurst..."

Topographs, a solo exhibition - Claire Hynds 4 - 9th April

Exciting new exhibition to open at the Turbine House. The Turbine House is an inspired location for Claire Hynds' prints exploring the aesthetics of industrial structures within urban environments. Claire is a London based artist who has exhibited throughout London and the UK.

A lecturer at Thames Valley University and Kensington and Chelsea College, Claire divides her time between this and her studio at the East London Printmakers, Hackney.

Turbine House, Blake's Lock by the Bel and Dragon. Exhibition open daily 10-6pm. Full details:

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Saying goodbye to some good things

Tomorrow is the last day of LOVE IS AWESOME at Gallery 10, 10 Gun Street

Love is Awesome, Gallery 10
image: Love is Awesome, Gallery 10

Suzanne(jelly) along with Zoe (Rogues Gallery) have been guardians of this beautiful space since June 2008 in which time we have had 12 shows with over 100 artists. All the exhibitions were put together by the artists themselves and offered a diverse programme.

knitted boxing gloves by Rachel Matthews
image: knitted boxing gloves by Rachel Matthews

Exhibitors have included arjeea21 (first show), gone and done, Modern Factory, Past Present Imperfect, Whiteknights Studio Trail, Art Junction, Human Magpies, On Our Watch, Cake, Deep Filled and Love is Awesome (final show)

stamping station for love tokens, Love is Awesome
image: stamping station for love tokens, Love is Awesome

There will be a new space to fill this gap soon, watch this space for details but we have loved every minute of it and want to thank Danny Fraifield and Greg Muden (Purple Turtle) and Steve Tait for their generosity in giving this space over to the artists in Reading.

Love is Awesome
image: Love is Awesome

LOVE IS AWESOME, Gallery 10, 10 Gun Street, Reading
Show open 11am - 6pm Friday 27th February,

Some of the previous shows are viewable here:
allotment, gone and done, Encore WST, Cake, The Modern Factory, Human Magpies, On Our Watch, Compilation, past present imperfect, Deep Filled, Love is Awesome

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

LOVE IS AWESOME at Gallery 10. Ends Feb 28th.

LOVE IS AWESOME is a mischievous, offbeat celebration of the awesomeness of love. Featuring Relics of an Awesome Love knitted in stone-like yarn by Rachael Matthews, an informative Love documentary (Love-U-Mentary) by performance artist Stavroula Kounadea, various, completed Love Assignments from Felicity Ford and assorted works by Emmylou Laird, the show will help you to consider for yourself the proposition that LOVE IS AWESOME.

LOVE IS AWESOME promises to be a surprising antidote to the asinine syrup of Valentine’s day and a marvellous tonic for the hear - more info and images at.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

RGA at Castle Hill Gallery

19 Feb - 7 April 2009
Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 9am - 4pm
Opening Event: Thur 19 Feb 6-8pm

Jean Aust
Maureen Hayward
Rita Howe
Roger Smalley

122a Castle Hill
Reading RG1 7RJ
0118 957 3561