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

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

OHOS artist selected for Discerning Eye, SFSA Open and Rye Winter Salon

Index, mixed media and sawdust on panel, 40x30cm, 2017

Artworks by OpenHand OpenSpace studio member Robert Fitzmaurice have been selected for the following exhibitions this winter:

16 Nov - 26 Nov 2017
A show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world
Mall Galleries, London SW1

24 Nov - 09 Dec 2017
Selected artists from an open call across the UK and Europe
Rye Creative Centre, New Road Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

SFSA Painting Open
08-10 Dec & 14 - 17 Dec 2017
An exhibition of small works celebrating contemporary painting
No Format Gallery, Deptford, London SE8 5JB

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Guiltless Garden

It's difficult to write about this outstanding exhibition of work at Brock Keep by Lisa Marie Gibbs (26 - 29 October 2017) because her work says it all so much better through her painting, drawing and printmaking: difficult questions asked, pathways followed (or not), temptations resisted (or not), waystages contemplated.... a scary garden of potential delights.

For Such A Time As This

Peter Driver's work is - as always - thoughtful and thought-provoking, and his exhibition at Brock Keep (18-22 Oct 2017) is much appreciated.  It juxtaposes serious concerns about our society with a purposeful and irrepressible optimism. It integrates traditional visual activities such as drawing, text, printmaking, and birdwatching with a contemporary use of ideas, materials, expression and performance.  The results of his practice are intriguing and uplifting.  See for more about Peter and his work.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Gap Junction

A new network of links is growing out of OHOS artist Ingrid Jensen's recent exhibition at Propeller in Toronto (20 Sept - 1 October).  Watch out for future links and digital exchanges between Propellers and OHOSers.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Living in the Berkshire Iron Age

Many thanks to Andrew Hutt and his colleagues in the Berkshire Archeological Society for presenting such an informative exhibition about living in the Iron Age in Berkshire, with talks, and activities for children to make miniature round houses.  Thank you also to the artists who made and presented artwork responding to this exhibition, and to Reading Museum for the loan of artefacts. OHOS welcomes the opportunity to expand its heritage activities to complement its art exhibitions: it makes a good diverse programme in the historic Brock Keep. The exhibition is open until Friday 13 October (Mon - Fri 3pm - 7.30pm), and there is a talk on Wed 11 October at 6.30pm: Power and Politics in Iron Age Berkshire.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Heritage Open Weekend at The Keep

We had a fantastic weekend showing many new visitors and old friends around 
Reading's awesome Brock Keep.