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.