Saturday, 23 March 2019



NO EDEN
16th March to 29th May 2019
Thurs & Fri 10.30 - 13.30  |  Sat & Sun 09.30 - 16.00  |  or by appointment

This exhibition of paintings and mixed media by the OpenHand OpenSpace artist Robert Fitzmaurice looks back at the social history of the site, especially the former military presence and the peace camp protests of the 1980s.  

Over the years Robert has developed a variety of figurative and semi-figurative motifs to question ideas about power, gender, childhood and identity. This exhibition advances those themes in the context of the actions taken by the Greenham women to confront patriarchy and challenge militarism. The common was certainly no Eden then but this show offers no safe historical perspective. When leaders with nuclear arsenals have insulted each other with terms like rocket-man and dullard, and the US and Russia have withdrawn from the INF Treaty the same tensions exist now as then, and deserve our attention.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Exhibition hashtag: #NoEdenGCT
https://www.greenhamtower.org.uk
www.fitzmaurice.works


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

West Reading Window Wanderland


We are delighted to be taking part in this magical event 
organised by Oxford Road Time Bank.

West Reading Window Wanderland
A magical walking trail to light up our streets.
Wrap up warm, check out the map, take a walk and enjoy the displays.

Friday 22 - Sunday 24 March, 6pm - 9pm


Monday, 4 March 2019


Triangulations



Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 April 2019

An exhibition by three OHOS artists, Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice and Sarah Britten-Jones, will include recent work generated from discussion of each other’s art practices and highlighting the artists’ various approaches to themes of power, identity, site and socio-political commentary.

This is the re-opening exhibition after the original exhibition was forced to close last autumn.

Open: Thursday 3pm - 9pm, Friday 3pm - 7pm, Saturday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
Meet the artists:  Thursday 11 April 6pm - 9pm

Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1HL

Friday, 18 January 2019

Drawing for Beginners


Always wanted to draw? Start now!
No previous experience needed. Basic materials provided.
All sessions are now fully booked.  Please contact OHOS if you would like to join future drawing courses and we will let you know when the dates of the next sessions can be confirmed.
Taster Session:
Wednesday 27 February, 7.30 - 9.30pm  £10

Five week course:
Wednesdays 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 3 April 7.30 - 9.30pm
£15 per session, £70 for five week course.
 
Booking essential:  info@ohos.org.uk, (0118) 959 7752


Enjoy drawing while building skills and confidence and exploring a range of techniques and materials.  These will include line, tone, spatial relationships, pencil, ink and charcoal, and drawing big and small. Observation and imagination will both be valued, as will realistic and abstract drawing. 
Specific activities will help develop drawing capability. A curious range of natural and human-made objects will be available for study.


Tutor: Ingrid Jensen  www.imjensen.co.uk


OpenHand OpenSpace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

'Secrets' Postcard Fundraiser


SECRETS POSTCARD FUNDRAISER
Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 November 11am - 5pm

Join us for our fun and relaxing fundraiser in the historic Brock Keep, to raise much needed funds 
for OpenHand OpenSpace. Postcards donated by artists will be for sale for £20 each, 
the artists' identity will be kept secret. 
In addition to the secret sale, will be a sale of small artworks and prints by OHOS artists, 
a raffle and bidding board with some great prizes. 
It’s a chance to buy something unique for a loved one this Christmas while supporting OHOS.


SECRETS SUPPER EVENING
Saturday 24 November 6pm - 9pm
Relax with a bowl of homemade soup and puddings at our ‘Secrets’ sale and supper. 
Plus a chance to meet OHOS artists and find out whose artwork you have purchased!
Tickets £5 (includes homemade soup and puddings).
BOOKING ESSENTIAL email info@ohos.org.uk

DONATE A POSTCARD WORK OF ART
Artists are invited to produce a ‘postcard’ work of art.
A6 size, onto card, in any medium, email info@ohos.org.uk
for more information. Deadline for submissions Sunday 18 November.


Money raised will go towards supporting 

the continued development of OpenHand OpenSpace

Finds From The Roof

An exhibition of weird and wonderful found objects 
stored by generations of artists and occupants of Brock Keep.

Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 November 2018

Opening times:
Thursday & Friday 3pm - 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm

Friday, 5 October 2018

Getting back to normal - and fundraising now

OpenHand OpenSpace is greatly relieved that the recent encampment of travellers has been removed from the Keep's car park and garden, thanks to generous help from ClarksLegal, and the professional actions of HCE enforcement and the police.  Cleanup and repair is under way, and we are also extremely grateful to our supporters who are donating through OHOS's fundraising page at GoFundMe: "Make Heritage and Arts Centre secure"

This funding will also help us put in place improved security to enable us to keep the gates open to visitors in future during exhibitions and other events without fear of a further unwelcome invasion.

Apologies to visitors who may be inconvenienced by the increased gate security.  Until we can install a height restriction barrier (which needs Listed Building and planning consent) the gates will only be unlocked on request.  If you need keys for regular activities please contact our admins who are now back to normal hours: Wed and Fri from 11am - 1pm.