Monday, 13 May 2019


Undecided Exhibition - OHOS Open Studios

Undecided An exhibition of contemporary art by OpenHand OpenSpace artists reflecting the dilemmas facing artists as they persevere in their own practices. Guided tours of the studios and the Keep.

Meet the artists Tuesday 21 May 7pm - 9pm

Exhibition open:
Monday 20 - Sunday 26 May
Mon - Fri 3pm - 7pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm

An Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire event.

Friday, 10 May 2019

OHOS nominated for Reading Cultural Awards

Great News! OHOS has been nominated for the Reading Cultural Awards 2019 in two categories: Cultural Organisation of the Year, and Cultural Space of the Year.  Thank you to all our friends and supporters!  Please share the news, and come and check out the space by visiting the exciting new exhibition by Reading International at OHOS: (Un) Commoning Voices and (Non) Commoning Bodies, open 27 April - 1 June, Thur - Sat 3-6pm.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Reading International

(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies Zbyněk Baladrán, Zeljka Blaksic, Marco Godoy, Mikhail Karikis, Tali Keren, Rory Pilgrim, Jack Tan, and Katarina Zdjelar

Exhibition opening: Friday 26 April 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Opening hours 27 April - 1 June:
Thursdays to Saturdays 3 pm - 6 pm
(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies is a series of workshops, performances, and an exhibition, interrogating the relationship between artistic practices and protest movements via the performative scores of collective bodies and voices.  The interdisciplinary program was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was active from 1981 to 2000. It was established by women to protest nuclear weapons being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common.
In an era of democratic decay, we look again towards the ‘commons’ as the ubiquitous space where the multitude of voices and bodies can appear as performative ensembles to protest hegemonic power structures and negotiate the differences between “language – an abstract socializing apparatus –  and our embodied, sensual experiences”. The ‘common(s)’ in art – the general interrelatedness of human realities, the ‘performative (un)common(s)’ – generative destructive dynamics, and the ‘(under)common(s)’ – the less socially visible aspects of organization and interaction all offer different ways of working and being together that constitute the social condition as the conflictual realm of a reimagined ‘us’. We are interested in this ‘us’ as the moment when we turn our bodies towards each other and listen collectively. We believe that by doing this we complicate an easy understanding of power and agency and create spaces for negotiating nuanced differences.
We therefore ask; how do we participate in reiterative collective acts and what political impact (if any) is gained? What do hegemonic scores look and feel like, and what would alternative or activist scores sound like? How can voices and bodies undermine fear and invite empathy? Can the repetition of darkness ever create light?  How do we, as individual subjects, participate in these collective acts, or resist them?
Other participating artists, speakers, and writers:
Susan Gibb, Marco Godoy, Chto Delat/Dmitry Vilensky, Noam Inbar and Nir Shauloff, Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Mikhail Karikis, Tali Keren, André Lepecki, Florian Malzacher, Public Movement, Michal Oppenheim, Rory Pilgrim, Yvonne Rainer, Edgar Schmitz, Jack Tan, Nina Wakeford, Catherine Wood, Sara Wookey and Katarina Zdjelar.

Curated by Maayan Sheleff and Sarah Spies.



Friday, 29 March 2019

OHOS Easter Art Activities and Stalls


Come and join in making Easter baskets and other fun art activities.
Plus stalls selling plants, books, art and more.
£1 only to join in all the activities.
Refreshments available.

West Reading Window Wanderland


We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a magical trail of beautiful windows in West Reading Window Wanderland, organised by Oxford Road Time Bank. Thank you to Suzanne Carson and Mary Riley for their help and support.

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