Monday, 18 April 2016

Sunday, 17 April 2016

The RGspaces Tricycle visits OHOS

The RGspaces Tricycle is busily making appearances all over town to promote the many events and activities associated with Reading Year of Culture, and to highlight just how much is going on in the wide range of venues and spaces around the Town. On Saturday 16th April the tricycle visited us at Brock Keep, during the current exhibition of work by Amy-Rose Holland and Peter Driver: 'A Gaol Ballad and Other Assorted Love Songs'.


Watch out for the tricycle all around Town this year.


RGspaces and the Tricycle is a brilliant initiative by Annette and Alex Haworth to raise awareness of the rich cultural life of Reading and all the often overlooked venues and activities that are making Reading a cultural centre.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

A Gaol Ballad and Other Assorted Love Songs


Don't miss the last days of this beautiful exhibition of contemporary work by Peter Driver and Amy Rose Holland.  Drawings, woodcuts, paintings, sculpture and artists books.
Brock Keep, 11 - 17 April 2016.  Open mon - Fri 3 - 7pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 5pm.  Free entry, and free parking behind the Keep (access to car park via  Brock Gardens).

Thursday, 14 April 2016

WordUp! Two OHOS artists' project for the Year of Culture.



Reading’s Year of Culture has a different theme each month. Since April’s theme is New Writing, OHOS artists Robert Fitzmaurice and Peter Driver have devised a project to engage with the imaginations of people all around the Town through the simple power of words.
The project places artworks using carefully chosen words in locations around the town in such a way that the combination of word and location are seen afresh.
By giving prominence to one word or a short phrase that is some way relates to the host venue, viewers are encouraged to reflect upon the history and identity of the town in new and thought-provoking ways.
Robert and Peter's project has its own website were you can find out more. As well as highlighting the art at each venue the website also promotes some online artworks which will be added to throughout the month. Please click on THIS LINK to go to the website, find out more and to participate.  
You can also follow the project on Twitter HERE
Explore and enjoy!
Robert Fitzmaurice, Peter Driver

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

OHOS at The Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Stand 20

Join OpenHand OpenSpace Studios and Associate Member artists  Anna Mitchell and Janet Curley Cannon at this year's Reading Contemporary Art Fair on the 23rd and 24th April at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading. Come along to Stand 20 to find out more about the studios, our recent activities, workshops, and exhibitions as well as see first hand the artwork by two of our members.

Reading Contemporary Art Fair is a prominent annual arts event for the area, promoting affordable art directly to the general public, a  showcase for the diversity of talent, styles and mediums used by regional and national artists. Visitors can expect to see an inspirational range of artwork, a unique opportunity for new and experienced collectors to view and buy direct from the artist or benefit from the informed collections from a number of leading galleries. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and relaxed, with something for everyone. Recent graduates and established artists can be found alongside a number of galleries showing work by accepted masters and fresh new talent. A good day out to enjoy contemporary art in Reading!



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.
E
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.