Sunday, 10 January 2016

Practical Art Workshop Taster Sessions at Brock Keep


£10 per session, places limited, booking essential, to book a place please email info@ohos.org.uk or phone 0118 959 7752. Free on-site parking.  Part of Reading's 2016 Year of Culture.
Saturday 16 January 2016
10.00 - 12.30  
Introduction to Mixed-Media Sculpture led by Janet Curley Cannon. - Morning session now fully booked, but places on an extra afternoon session may be available.
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xplore the potential of creating 3D forms out of simple, easy to use materials.
Suitable for all abilities.
Wear warm clothing that could get messy.
£10, booking essential, to book a place email info@ohos.org.uk
For more info about artist Janet Curley Cannon see www.jcurleycannon.com
1.30 - 4pm
Getting started on Drawing led by Ingrid Jensen
Oh, that big scary sheet of blank paper!  Even for experienced artists, making the first mark for a new drawing can seem like a big step. This session explores enjoyable ideas for starting drawings, and ways of developing them to improve your drawing skills. Suitable for all abilities.
Wear warm clothing that could get messy. £10, booking essential, to book a place email info@ohos.org.uk
For more info about artist Ingrid Jensen see www.imjensen.co.uk
Saturday 23 January 2016
10 - 12.30
Urban Landscape: From Conception to Materialization led by Petre Nikoloski
Participate in creating a collective project inspired by the contemporary surrounding landscape that will contemplate all the senses including taste and smell.  No limitation of expression, using food ingredients and spices including one individually chosen (personally important) object that you can bring with you. Look at work by Joseph Beuys for inspiration. After this introductory workshop, participants will be invited to continue to contemplate the ideas from this workshop at a later date.  Suitable for all abilities. Wear warm clothing that could get messy.
£10, booking essential, to book a place email info@ohos.org.uk
For more info about artist Petre Nikoloski please see  www.diary.petrenikoloski.com
 2pm - 4pm
Family Creative Activities led by Kate Lockhart
An opportunity for families to come and explore their creativity in a fun, friendly and inspiring environment.  Suitable for all abilities.
Wear warm clothing that could get messy. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  £10 per family, booking essential, to book a place email info@ohos.org.uk
For more info about artist Kate Lockhart please see www.thinklockhart.com or  www.katelockhart.com
Saturday 30 January 2016
10am - 12.30
Linocut Printmaking led by Peter Driver - now fully booked
Learn how to produce a simple lino cut print. Bring ideas and or images for inspiration.  Suitable for all abilities.
Wear warm clothing that could get messy.  £10, booking essential, to book a place email info@ohos.org.uk
For more information about artist Peter Driver please see his website www.peterdriver.info 
1:30pm - 4pm
Serigraphs - basic screen printing led by Chris Mercier - now fully booked
Learn how to produce a simple screen print. Bring ideas and or images for inspiration.  Suitable for all abilities.
Wear warm clothing that could get messy.  £10, booking essential, to book a place email info@ohos.org.uk
For more information about artist Chris Mercier please see his website www.chrismercier.co.uk

Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Annual Daydream Harvest

The Annual Daydream Harvest
WITH INTENT
4-6 December 2015
OHOS artist Nick Garnett has completely taken over the ground floor gallery at the Keep with a fabulous installation of photography and sculpture full of interactive possibilities.

Peter Driver at the Jam Factory

Peter Driver's prints at the Jam Factory, Oxford
In case you missed this beautiful show, here is a shot of OHOS artist Peter Driver's solo exhibition in The Boiler Room at the Jam Factory Oxford, from 29 Sept - 8 Nov 2015.  Peter uses printmaking, drawing and performative action to reflect his diverse interests including the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, social relations, ornithology, lowland landscapes and his signature ‘March for Optimism’. The show included woodcuts, drawings, photography and video. He is interested in fostering dialogue about meaning, environment, community and uses of power. Peter will soon be offering  new printmaking course at OHOS.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

When Waiting is Filled

Dual 2, by John Percy
An exhibition of paintings by OHOS artist John Percy.  John's aim is to create enigmatic, contemplative objects that carry a certain poetic power. His abstract works are introspective and express his sense of the disorderly order around us - the continual struggle between necessary order and desirable anarchy.  www.johnpercy.co.uk

26 September - 22 October, 2015
Open weekdays 2.30-4.30, Saturday 17 Oct 12-3pm
The Peacock Gallery
Maiden Erlegh School
Reading RG6 7HS

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Big Draw: Lord of the Rings

OHOS was delighted to welcome Mayor and Battle Councillor Sarah Hacker to the Big Draw event at Brock Keep on 3 October.  Her dedication and support for Arts in Reading always provide a great morale boost.  Visitors of all ages enjoyed Kate Lockhart's drawing, collage and monoprinting activities.    Promoted by RIBA, architect Ksenija Krotin showed the use of plans and elevations, including a very big floor plan of a Hobbit House.  Kate also led a follow up workshop at Battle Library a few days later.  Both events encouraged visitors to enter Battle Library's Lord of the Rings art competition relating to The Return of the King: the hand in date for entries is Sat 17 October at 4pm.

And a 3-dimensional Hobbit House enabled visitors of all sizes to climb inside, make drawings and read books.



Friday, 25 September 2015

Napoleon at OHOS's Heritage Open Days

Napoleon contemplating his Wedgewood plates
This year being the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, OHOS decided to explore the Keep's links with Napoleon.  The Keep was built for the Royal Berkshire Regiment, formed partly from the 66th Berkshire Regiment, which guarded Napoleon during his exile on St Helena.  During the Heritage weekend over 150 visitors viewed a replica Napoleon cooped up in a cell in the Keep, and they also enjoyed other exhibits kindly lent by the Rifles Museum in the Wardrobe, Salisbury (www.thewardrobe.org.uk).  These included a diary (1808-1942) written by Charles McCarthy of the 66th Regt, mentioning his time with Napoleon in the 1820s, and transcribed now by OpenHand OpenSpace artist Ingrid Jensen.
Major Charles McCarthy's Diary
Also on show were prints from a folder of works in the Wardrobe's collection called "Kerr's views in the Island St Helena." They were produced by  Robert Havell after John Kerr in 1822 as hand coloured aquatints based on watercolour paintings done by one of the soldiers on the island.  As the originals are too fragile for display, OpenHand OpenSpace artist Anna Mitchell photographed the originals in Salisbury, and OHOS had new archival quality prints produced for exhibitions.  Havell's was a Reading company with premises in London.
Napoleon outside Longwood House, St Helena

Visitors also enjoyed guided tours of artists' studios on the upper floors of the Keep. OHOS is grateful for sponsorship from RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects) for production of a historical information panel about the Keep, to the Wardrobe Museum of loan of artefacts, and to Reading Museum for a panel about Reading during the Napoleonic wars. 

  •   A fascinating glimpse into the Napoleonic era and Napoleon himself.  Very interesting and informative – thank you.
  •       So pleased to be able to visit this landmark and learn some of the history of the Berkshire regiment and also to be fascinated by the artistic work being carried out.  We do hope that this project flourishes.  
  • Thank you very much for an impressive Open Day.   What a lot of great work has gone into this

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Poppies in the OHOS garden

Brock Keep poppy garden
As usual the summer produced a beautiful crop of poppies in the garden - highly appropriate given the proximity to the grade II listed Lutyens cenotaph next door in Brock Barracks.  The profusion of flowers in the garden are in large part due to our kind neighbour Trevor from Brock Gardens, who looks after the Keep's garden, with the help of other friends and neighbours who have also donated a wonderful selection of plants. They grow excellent tomatos, too!
Trevor and Dave working hard




The cenotaph was originally situated to be visible from Oxford Road through the archway.  Unfortunately a wall now blocks this view, but OHOS hopes at some point to open the Keep's  roof to the public, and so provide this spectacular view:

Remembrance Day, 2013