Tuesday, 23 March 2010

hang-on info

Dear All

It's been a while since we have done a "proper" hang-on email update so here is a quick one to remind you that this coming Friday is the last Friday of the month. We know that there is confusion over where we meet now as we fluctuate between tea and cake at Picnic at 4.30 or RISC/ Global Cafe from 6 so this week to make it even more interesting you are all invited to visit the new jelly space from 3pm at 3rd Floor 42 Market Place - press the buzzer and you will be let in. Some artists will be there talking about their projects/ events including Salvo Toscano (artists photography project) Neile Wright (Rising Sun Arts Centre benefit day), Ingrid Jensen (arjeea21, OHOS, RGA), Suzanne Stallard (jelly, Open for Art project, Arts in Reading, Artpad) ~ if you'd like to set up some of your work or have a space to lay out some info about your project please contact suzanne at suzanne@jelly.org.uk

If you can't make 3- 4 at jelly, we shall move on at 4.30pm across the pavement to Picnic

And now to normal business:

Karpouziaaa, Whitley Arts Festival Film Showing Wednesday March 24th 2.20pm
There will be a second showing of the Whitley Arts Festival 09’s major commission. The film 'Karpouziaaa' (Mark Aerial Waller) will be shown at John Madejski Academy, Northumberland Avenue in Whitley during their arts week on March 24th at 2.20pm. Admission is FREE. This will be its second outing, the film having received it's world premiere during the festival last October. The film was made in Whitley and features people from the community as actors in the film. The doors will be open to anyone, so please feel free to invite anyone.
"Karpouziaaa - Artist Mark Aerial Waller sets up a model for fresh food sales in South Reading. In Karpouziaaa, Waller proposes to bring a shopping idea from South European countries to South Reading: A salesperson drives slowly through residential areas calling attention to the goods over a loudspeaker. The salesperson’s voice becomes a bold rhythmic poem; a public voice usually associated with political canvassing and totalitarian Science Fiction states. The sales experiment, held for a single day at the end of September, is documented on video with participation of the community of Whitley. The realm of fantasy and poetry is made concrete for a day through the routine of buying and selling"

Open for Art
The first Open For Art venue was launched on Friday 27 November at 173 Friar Street with an exhibition curated by Caversham artist, Bithja Moor entitled Peepshow.

Open for Art is a partnership project between jelly and Reading UK CIC, utilising Reading’s empty shop windows with art from Reading based artists. This follows a successful pilot project in June 2009 creating pop-up galleries in Reading. Working with the landlords and agents of Reading we will be using temporary spaces, creating a visual profile for the arts and showing Reading’s individuality as a town.

There are currently four live venues in Reading Town Centre:
36 Market Place ~ a changing show of students work from Thames Valley University and Reading University
173 Friar Street ~ Skills Swap, a celebration of the talents of the local community for Fairtrade Fortnight
Station Hill _ Magic Carpet, travelling show from members of Reading Guild of Artists
Friars Walk ~ works by Nicholas Barton, final year student at Reading University.

They are plans underway to work across the Borough in other areas with the first new space in South Reading expected to be announced in the next few weeks.

How to become involved:
We are looking for artists, either individuals and groups who have an idea, these could either be a group of works ready to exhibit or making a piece specific to the sites available. All submissions/ proposals should be made directly to Suzanne Stallard, via email suzanne@jelly.org.uk. If you have a specific location or certain requirements please outline these in your application. The proposal need be no more than 500 words and you will also need to submit jpegs of you current work practice. Application is an ongoing process and all submissions are welcome.
For more info visit jelly

Art & Leisure in Caversham Court Gardens
Thursday 1st April 2010 - 10:30am to 3.30pm
Caversham Court Gardens, Church Street, Caversham, Reading

A packed programme of free activities and workshops for adults is taking place in the historic Caversham Court Gardens.
Tutors from New Directions will be leaving the classroom to run a wide variety of free fun activities and workshops for adults throughout the day including Pottery, Sculpture, Tai Chi, Meditation and Indian Head Massage.
The free event runs from 10:30am to 3.30pm has been organised by New Directions – Reading Borough Council’s learning and employment service and the councils parks department.
Visitors can take to a potters wheel to learn how to throw pots or watch sculpture figures being made from terracotta. A small art gallery with a showcase of adult learners work will be on display in the grade II listed riverside gazebo building.
An exciting mix of workshops will be taking place including: Reiki (10:30am–11:30am), Meditation (11:30am–12:30pm), Making Ceramic Fish (1pm- 3.30pm), Reflexology (1pm-2pm) Tai Chi (1:30pm–2:30pm) and Indian Head Massage (2pm-3pm).
A free tour of the historic gardens will be available throughout the day organised by The Friends of Caversham Court Gardens. The volunteer tour guides will be leading the way around the gardens exploring exciting and hidden facts. The team from the forthcoming Reading Contemporary Arts Fair being held at Rivermead will be giving visitors an insight to the exhibition taking place later in April.
More information visit http://www.newdirectionsreading.co.uk

Ross Hale, The Retreat Monday 12 April until end of April.
Ross Hale will be exhibiting his beautiful landscape photography, printed on handmade paper at The Retreat, 8 St Johns Street, Reading

Room to Manoeuvre 15-22 April 2010. Open Hand Open Space Studios Oxford Road
Exhibition by arjeea21. Preview 15 April
OHOS is an artist-led centre providing affordable studio and exhibition space for contemporary artists in Reading. Since its foundation in 1980 in a former military keep, its studios or exhibition spaces have been used by well over 100 artists, including Cornelia Parker, Douglas Gordon, Paula Rego and Andy Goldsworthy. There are regular residencies for new visual arts graduates. It also offers an education program to promote public access to contemporary visual art and artists.

Contact: info@ohos.org.uk, 0118 959 7752
571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL

FIRST READING CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR. Saturday 24- Sunday 25 April at Rivermead Leisure Complex
Tickets: Adults £6, concessions £4, children under 12 free
The fair is being orgainised by the team behind the highly successful Windsor Contemporary Art Fair, now in its sixth year.

Organiser Sarah McAllister says: “We are very excited about launching the Reading Contemporary Art Fair, our events have always been about bringing stimulating new art to the widest possible audience. We present our exhibitors in a relaxed but professional setting, giving them the best platform to showcase their work while allowing them to talk about their art directly with the public – something few other art shows do. Our aim is to de-mystify the art world and make it truly accessible to everyone.”

The fair brings together an exciting mix of over 80 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries offering the very best in contemporary art with prices from £30 to £3,000.
Exhibitors includes artists from all over the UK, Europe and a strong contingent from the local area, newly qualified and established artists along with a number of galleries bringing together accepted masters and young beginners. The interactive element of the fair is very important; visitors will be able to participate in workshops by Reading’s own artists’ group Jelly.
Sarah McAllister adds: “We encourage everyone to join in the workshops. They are great fun, and have been known to completely change people’s perceptions of their own artistic abilities.

An eclectic mix of Caversham Artists and Makers will be showing their work over a two weekend event at selected Caversham venues on MAY 8th & 9th and 15th & 16th.

A unique and varied collection of Ceramics, Sculpture, Woodwork and Paintings along with Photography, Glasswork, Decoupage and Jewellery to tantalize all tastes and every pocket! Step the trail in the spring sunshine between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm.
For further details of Artists and Venues please view our website

Open Space 15-23 May 2010
A West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios Exhibition by OHOS studio artists.

Preview 14 May
OHOS is an artist-led centre providing affordable studio and exhibition space for contemporary artists in Reading. Since its foundation in 1980 in a former military keep, its studios or exhibition spaces have been used by well over 100 artists, including Cornelia Parker, Douglas Gordon, Paula Rego and Andy Goldsworthy. There are regular residencies for new visual arts graduates. It also offers an education program to promote public access to contemporary visual art and artists.

Contact: info@ohos.org.uk, 0118 959 7752
571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.

Whiteknights Studio Trail

2010 is our 10th anniversary with the studio trail being on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June 2010, with venues open from 11am -6pm, further info can be found here http://www.studiotrail.co.uk/

Reading Arts Week 2010

Monday 21st to Sunday 27th June 2010
Venues across Reading

Reading Arts Week is a showcase of the new art being created in Reading by adult learners and local artists.
We welcome paintings, pottery, sculptural ceramics, stained glass, jewellery, fashion, quilting, photography, installation and new media work, including video.
Reading Arts Week has been organised by New Directions – The Learning & Employment Service for Reading, Reading Borough Council and The Reading Informal Adult Learning Network.

Venues include: New Directions North Reading Centre in Caversham, Forbury Gardens, Battle Library, Caversham Court Gardens and many more!
All selected work will be exhibited at the Reading Arts Week Exhibition and a selection of work will be exhibited at preview events in the Forbury and Caversham Court Gardens as detailed below.
Art in the Forbury Bandstand
Forbury Gardens, Reading
11am – 3:30pm - Monday 21 June 2010

The Big Art Picnic
Caversham Court Gardens, Church Street, Caversham, Reading
12pm – 8pm – Wednesday 23 June 2010

Reading Arts Week Exhibition
New Directions, North Reading Centre, School Lane, Caversham, Reading
(Preview Evening 7:30pm – 9:30pm - Friday 25 June 2010)
10:30pm – 5pm - Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 June 2010

We are looking for live performers to sing/play live at one of the events taking place on Wednesday 23rd June 2010 (12noon - 8pm) at Caversham Court Gardens, Church Street, Caversham, Reading.
The outdoor event will be open to the public to watch the performances and visit the outdoor art gallery among many other free activities for the whole family.
We are looking for any type of performer to perform live at the event. Please note - this is an unpaid role.
For more information e-mail artsweek@newdirectionsreading.co.uk

For more information, including how you can submit work to the exhibitions visit http://www.readingartsweek.co.uk

I think that's all folks for now!

Hang-on Fridays
Jo Thomas and Suzanne Stallard have started a new artists network group which meets the last Friday of every month to network, talk and just share a cup if tea together once a month to break from the sometimes studio seclusion. All artists are welcome to come and hang-on.
For more info or to join the mailing list for hang-on email Suzanne at smallapple@mac.com
Next hang-on date is 26 March 2010 4.30pm at Picnic, Butter Market, Reading

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