Monday, 27 September 2010

Deconstruct Reconstruct

Exhibition of work by staff at Reading College

All Welcome. Come along to the opening or during college hours - ask at reception for directions!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Arts Update

Caversham Arts Trail
The Caversham Artists Autumn show is taking place in Mays Barn, a historic 17th century barn building tucked away behind 234 Peppard Road, Emmer Green, RG4 8UA (Next to the Seat garage). Please come and visit us on 18 & 19 September Saturday between 11-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm.

This diverse exhibition focuses on the work of ten Caversham Artists members with hand dyed and woven silk scarves by Gloria Pitt, delicate slip cast ceramics by Lauren Denney, Photography by Joanne de Nobriga, as well as Paintings inspired by driftwood by Julie Simmonds. The barn also houses energetic lift drawings by Charles Burns, vintage decoupaged furniture by Louise Spires of Kitsch-En-Sync, pastel portraits by Mary Phelan, graceful wooden platters and bowls by Peter Quarmby and contemporary silver jewellery by Matthew Hitch. Outside in the grounds of the barn you can enjoy some of Roger Smalley's elegant stone sculptures .

Please come and enjoy the work on show which is also for sale. There will be light refreshments being served throughout the weekend. There is more information on the website .

1920's Tea Dance - Rising Sun Arts Centre
If you fancy a good vintage knees-up, The Rising Sun Arts Centre is the place to come.
Sunday September 19th, Lindy Hop dance class at 2pm - 3pm, 1920's Tea Dance from 3pm - 6pm
Live vintage music from Lawrie Wright & the Silver Heels
Homemade cakes and tea served in vintage style, as much as you like! There is sure to be lots of good suprises too, so come along and find out. It's the bee's knees!
Poster attached. 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST

Festival information
Venue: South Hill Park, Bracknell, RG12 7PA. UK
Box Office: Tel 01344 484123
Sound:Site – Sonic Arts Festival
Date: Saturday 2nd October
Time: 10.00-5.30pm / 7.00pm evening concert
Tickets: £26.00 / £18.00 (students/membs)
Box Office: 01344 484123

Talks and demonstrations exploring the Internet as a destination for making and showing artwork, for sharing sounds, bringing communities together, and curating sonic experiences. Sound:Site brings together a set of exciting projects from in and around the Sound Art community, framing contemporary practice and emerging online/offline possibilities.

Taking place in the splendid Georgian mansion that is home to South Hill Park, one of the UKʼs longest surviving regional arts centreʼs. The venue lies 25 miles West of London in the Thames Valley in Berkshire

Chris Clark, Head of Digital Research, British Library “UK Sound Map”

The exciting new project being rolled out by the British Library to catalogue the sonic experience of the UK in the 21st Century.

Patrick McGinley “Framework”
Artist and broadcaster whose “Framework” radio show airs on Resonance FM and syndicates across Europe, acts as a hub for the global field recording and phonography community.

Kathy Hinde & Ed Holroyd “Twitchr”
The artists will talk through the concept and technical details of their “Twitter meets bird spotting” project “Twitchr” and then take everyone out to the Park for a live demo.

5 x 9 Micro-Presentations
A 5 x nine minute info-burst from the community. Artists and instigators of web-based sound projects outline their approaches and challenges. Featuring: SoundFjord Gallery, Soundart Radio 102.5FM, Joe Stevens, Audio Gourmet Net Label, London Sound Survey

Felicity Ford & Paul Whitty “Sound Diaries”
Recording life in sound. Project of Oxford Brookes Universityʼs Sonic Arts Research Unit
Performance: 7.00pm “Framework 250 Remixed”
Live sonic performance from artists who feature on “Framework 250″ the recent definitive CD collection of phonography-based work, with Patrick McGinley, Simon Whetham, Jonathan Coleclough

Further Info: Martin Franklin 01344 416261 | |

Web: and
This event is generously supported by Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University

For podcasts previewing some of the ideas and sounds which will attend this event, please see the Gene Pool podcast page and check out the recent recordings we have been making!

The Reading Art
The third annual Reading Art Exhibition and Sale organised by the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh will take place this year over the weekend 8th to 10th October, 2010 info as attached). more info on the website

Nuit Blanche, 15th/16th October 2010
Nuit Blanche is an exciting "cultural all-nighter" presenting contemporary art events from dusk to dawn. It enlivens cities all round the world such as Paris, Berlin and Toronto, and 2010 is the debut for Reading. This first year will be a small* but magical series of indoor and outdoor events on the night of 15/16 October, and with your help it will grow into a more spectacular festival next year.
The Nuit Blanche Reading website will list the program organised by partners OpenHand OpenSpace, jelly, Whitley Arts Festival, Rising Sun Arts Centre and arjeea21, with activities in the Town Centre, Whitley,
and the Keep on Oxford Road. New events will be added as people join in, so keep checking back to

Attached is a call for artists to take part in Parcel Fever, a one night exhibition event at OpenHand OpenSpace on the night of 15/16 October as part of Nuit Blanche Reading 2010.
It's not absolutely necessary to be present in person on the night, although we hope a good crowd will attend. Even if you can't come for the whole time please do drop in for a bit and participate if possible. Parcel Fever, 7pm - 6am, will be preceded by a short Big Draw event called Night Monsters, 5-7pm, also at the Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HL.. All are welcome to that too. From 6am on Saturday morning we will make our way into Reading town centre to meet other artists and participants at Forbury Gardens for a Dawn Chorus and breakfast.
The brief can be interpreted imaginatively - you could propose something simple, complex, small, large, informal, formal, edible, starting materials with instructions, highly finished, stationary, mobile, startling, favourite, hideous, endearing ...the possibilities are endless. We aim to use the ground floor of the Keep for installing the surprises. You can see some images of the space at under the tabs "pictures from an exhibition..". An entry contribution of £3 per work is requested to help cover heating, lighting and hot drinks.)

Whitley Arts Festival:
Whitley Arts Festival this year is shaping up really well and more info on the highlights will be available soon but in the mean time, there are two opportunities to get involved in.....(see flyers attached) for info if you want to take part in either Fuzzy is OK, Takeaway Gallery, 15th – 30th October or Art Sale - What The Butler Saw, 21st – 24th October

Reading Voices: 3rd Thursdays

A new programme of monthly art events will be launched in November and artists are invited to submit work for selection for the launch night. The events will be a diverse programme of visual/ literary/music and performing arts in non-traditional arts venues such as hotel foyers, audio equipment show rooms, restaurants, cafes, department stores, office building lobbies etc. developed from the Open for Art programme (a partnership between jelly and Reading UK CIC). 3rd Thursday: Reading Voices launch in partnership with Novotel, with a Beaujolais Nouveau art auction evening on 18 November and artists are asked to submit works for selection for the auction. 15% of the sales will be for charity with all other monies straight to the artist. If you would like to take part or be a guest please contact for more details

Monday, 13 September 2010

Caversham Artists Autumn Show 18th & 19th September 2010

You are invited to the Caversham Artists Autumn Show taking place this coming weekend, 18th & 19th September 2010. The show is taking place in a beautiful 17th Century Barn tucked away in Emmer Green. The show is open from 11am -6pm Saturday and 12pm - 6pm Sunday. See the website for further details.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Wokingham Arts Trail

This weekend (11 & 12 September) the first ever Wokingham Arts Trail is taking place. You can visit 12 locations in and around Wokingham to see & buy art created by 27 local artists. Venues include homes, studios and temporary art spaces. See the website for more details and to download a leaflet with map.