Thursday, 2 July 2015

OHOS Screen Printing at East Reading Festival

OHOS artist Chris Mercier designed a silk screen printing activity for partipants of all ages, provided materials and prepared screens, and - assisted by Ingrid Jensen, and by Neile Wright of both OHOS and the Rising Sun Arts Centre  - ensured everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time printing T-shirts for themselves, and learning about how screen printing works.
Thank you to all concerned, including the organisers of the East Reading Festival in June in Palmer Park.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Grasping the Invisible

16-21 June 2015, Tues-Fri 3-7pm, Sat-Sun 1-5pm. 
PV Tues 16th June 7-9pm
Brock Keep
Sculpture and drawings by David Phillpot.  Don't miss it!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Convergence 2015-2050 - Commission for Reading Museum by studio member Jon Lockhart

Convergence 2015 - 2050
Wood, mirrored acrylic, acrylic, gold leaf, gold
Reading, like many towns is a series of ‘converging’ geographic, economic and sociological locations and waypoints.

Reading’s physical ‘foot-print’ has developed from the medieval triangular centre, expanding to fit the unitary boundaries of the town that we see today.

How the Reading of ‘concrete and clay’ will support us and how in return we look after it in the future, is a pressing and timely question. What must we do now to secure a safe, sustainable, flexible and healthy environment for a future Reading?

Where is Reading heading?

Jon Lockhart’s sculpture ‘Convergence’ uses the theme of a reliquary, a treasury and a time capsule to freeze time.

In the centre of the sculpture is a space containing an Ounce of gold. The gold is used to represent an asset. This asset is the population of Reading and the actual land, buildings, wildlife, natural features and topography of Reading. It is also the cultural, economic and ecological ‘treasures’ of Reading.

The physical amount of the gold is finite, yet its ‘value’ will fluctuate depending on time and market forces (gold prices being prone to a market force).
It is a measurement of now, a precious fixed point of reference but also of the future.

The sculpture is minimal to suggest an as yet unwritten future for our town (Tabula rasa)  It’s reflective surface invites you as a viewer to get involved.

What we do with our assets as a town resolutely depends on us as a community of humans in a sea of change and uncertainty. We can work together and thrive, or we can create division and falter.

The future as they say is bright, it is also yours.  May 2015

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Black & White licence

OHOS artist Robert Fitzmaurice recently exhibited at Progress Theatre, showing a selection of works on paper in response to the controversial play by Tracy Letts:

18-23 May 2015
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Reading, RG1 5HL

The dress, mixed media on card, 2015
Night play, mixed media on card, 2015
 Click here to view more images and information about the production

In July Robert will also be part of a month-long black and white season at Espacio Gallery. In two consecutive exhibitions, Mono 1 and Mono 2, artists meet the challenge of making a purely monochrome statement, while being free to explore a variety of subjects, styles and media.

7-19 July 2015
Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG
Private View: Thursday 9 July 6-9pm

Participating artists:
Tania Beaumont, Mark Bell, Rosa Cives, Kanwal Dhaliwal,
Ahmed Farooqui, Kitty Finegan, Robert Fitzmaurice, Beth Gadd,
Laura Gompertz, Mehreen Hasan, Philippa Hilliard, Sal Jones,
Lisa Kreuziger, Peter Lang, Jill Meager, Rosana Miracco, Matt Smith,
Nora Velazco, Annie Zamero

Click here to view the online catalogue

Liberties I, mixed media on card, 2015
Liberties IV, mixed media on card, 2015

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Desire Lines

Beautiful and thought provoking exhibition at Brock Keep in May 2015, excellently curated by Peter Driver, and including work by artists Sarah Britten Jones, Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice, Ingrid Jensen, Ivilina Kouneva, Jon Lockhart, Kate Lockhart, Chris Mercier, Anna Mitchell, Richard Moon, Petre Nikoloski, John Percy, Katy Pike, Steve Perfect, and Roxi Tohaneanu Shields.  Visitors enjoyed studio tours as well as the exhibition, which was part of Open Studios West  Berkshire and North Hampshire.

Friday, 29 May 2015

365 drawings 365 dessins in Switzerland

Seven artists associated with OpenHand OpenSpace have been showing work in Galerie d'Anieres near Geneva as part of the 365 drawings 365 dessins project devised and curated by Tineke Bruijnzeels and Cally Trench.  Ingrid Jensen, Chris Mercier, Anna Mitchell, Steve Perfect, Julia Rogers, Jo Thomas, and Neile Wright were each invited to exhibit seven drawings.  The exhibition ran from 9 - 17 May 2015, and included a Vernissage with performances and presentations.  For more details and images please see
Tineke's meticulous organisation produced a rich viewing experience for gallery visitors.  The exhibition was first shown in Brock Keep in September 2014, and images from this can also be found on the same website.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

But Is It Art?

For several years OHOS artists have wanted to improve facilities for our visitors, and especially to provide a wheelchair accessible toilet.  In a historic listed building with an unusual ground floor layout this was not entirely easy, but it is nearly done!  We have many people to thank, especially OHOS artists Ksenija Krotin, Petre Nikoloski and Jon Lockhart for giving their time voluntarily and devoting much effort to the project.  Ksenija made architectural plans for dividing one of the cells into a toilet and separate kitchenette, secured listed building consent, and dealt with building control compliance.  Petre used his knowledge of traditional building techniques to move and enlarge the doorway, and to repair brickwork in poor condition.  Jon used his encyclopaedic practical experience to do the flooring, build the partition, install the kitchen, and hang a period door that we salvaged from a sister Keep in Devizes last year.  We would also like to thank Nick Huzzey and Steve Marshall for providing affordable professional expertise with - respectively -  electrics and plumbing.  Further thanks are due to Reading Borough Council Planning, Property Services, and Building Services Departments for their sympathetic support for OHOS as it perseveres with this project without external funding.  Is it art?  Well, a lot of loving attention went into design and materials, and it has certainly been a creative process.  It's not a urinal of course.....