Friday, 2 March 2018

STEAM@the studio   British Science Week and Heritage Pilot Study

Saturday 17 March, 12 noon - 4pm, free entry
Join in the fun during British Science Week, with activities for all ages led by local artists at OpenHand OpenSpace. Activities include: Automatas and Pop-ups led by Think Lockhart, Wacky Races led by The Annual Daydream Harvest, A Building Has Influence led by The Engine Room, The Magic of Green led by Nature Nurture, Discovery Den led by Mini Professors.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Please help OHOS with an audience survey!

Dear Friends, Neighbours and hoped-for New Visitors,
We are working hard on a Heritage Lottery Fund development project - "A Roof with a View" - to provide a three year programme of heritage learning activities for the community - and we want to include as many visitors as possible in these activities.  Please complete the anonymous survey at the link below to help us plan the best possible visitor experiences for you.
The project also plans to repair the roof of Brock Keep, remove the scaffolding, provide public access to the rooftop (with a small cafe), restore the ground floor verandah.  Fingers crossed for second round success later this year! Thank you for your help.

Monday, 29 January 2018

OHOS presentation in Tate Exchange

OHOS artists had fun in Tate Modern on 27 January 2018 delivering a presentation in Tate Exchange as part of the Reading International Summit.
The aim was to present information about OHOS's public activity programme and future plans, but also to raise awareness of the costs and anxieties to small groups of balancing art practice with arts admin and sustaining public artspace - all while trying not to fall off the career ladder as individual artists.
Many thanks to Susanne Clausen and Reading International for organising the event, to Tate Modern for hosting the event, and to Sarah Hacker and Reading Borough Council for additional support.

Trevor Thomas

OHOS remembers with love and thanks all the help and friendship from Trevor Thomas, who volunteered his time and energy to developing Brock Keep's garden over the last five years, with the help of David Ebdon.  Sadly Trevor passed away last month, and his friends and family have planted his Christmas tree in the garden.  Trevor's work has provided a beautiful garden of flowers, bulbs, shrubs and vegetables for everyone to enjoy.  We are grateful to Dave for his continued help.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

OHOS artist joins on-line residency exploring the idea of dissent

OHOS artist Peter Driver has been selected to participate in an online residency organised by practice-led contemporary art collective CAS.

Block_Chain > The Power of Two is an eight week project running from 9 January – 8 March was designed by CAS Associate Susan Francis to expand upon CAS’ emerging dissent methodology and engage artists and audiences in their ongoing dialogue through creative experimentation, observation and discussion. The project will culminate in a symposium on the theme of dissent at Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art later in the year.

You can follow this project on social media using the hashtag #BlockChainDissentArt, and on the website:

Sunday, 7 January 2018

OHOS artist selected for NN Contemporary

OHOS studio member Robert Fitzmaurice has been selected to take part in this juried global open call.

Every two years NN Contemporary Art hosts its Open Exhibition of work by artists from across the world in a wide range of media. The show is selected by a changing panel of judges; this year’s panel were co-directors of originalprojects Kaavous Clayton and Jules Devonshire and artist and Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Studio Practice) Roxy Walsh. 166 artists responded to the open call submitting 347 individual works. From this selection the judges chose 73 artists to feature in the exhibition.

The Open Exhibition launches at NN on 12 January 2018 at 6pm and visitors will be able to see a wide range of artworks: from a video about slugs to utopian philosophy, from washing machine parts and wool to photographs of doves and much more from across the globe including Ukraine, Iran, France and the UK.

Opening night: Friday 12 January 2018, 6–8pm

Monday, 4 December 2017

Cultural Narratives: City as a Cabinet of Curiosities

7 - 10 December 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace Gallery is hosting a unique exhibition by 2nd year students from the School of Architecture, University of Reading. The students have been working on architectural ideas based on Brock Keep and iconic buildings along the Oxford Road, since September this year. This exhibition, curated by the students, will show a collection of observations, ideas, processes, drawings and models, exploring the role of creativity and imagination in the shaping of Reading’s cultural fabric and in unfolding its history.

Exhibition opening times:
Thursday 7 December, 12 noon - 6pm
Friday 8 December, 12 noon - 7pm
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, 11am - 5pm