OHOS artist Peter Driver has an exhibition opening in a unique gallery in Southampton, on Friday 1 September 2017. The K6 Gallery is based in two adjacent K6 telephone boxes (the K6 model is the old-fashioned red phone box). The exhibition features a set of six large woodcut prints, a stack of free prints for visitors, and four banners Peter has made jointly with his wife Liz Driver. Peter
describes the work as ‘an impotent
protest against current primary education policy’ and ‘gestures towards future policies that prioritise creativity and
imagination’. The gallery is open all day, every day and the show runs until 1 December 2017.
Elegant and interesting show by University of the Arts London student Huiping (Hebe) Yang and Reading University new graduate Ying Chi (Eva) Lam. Eva's soft sculpture grew out of the walls and squeezed through a doorway, echoing her own imaginings of herself as an explorer and inventor. She transforms everyday materials through sensitivity to their own intrinsic language, producing peculiar forms that provoke the imaginations of her viewers. Hebe paints with the unconscious mind to create suggestive collections of shape and forms, moving from figuration to abstraction and from absence to intentional. www.evalyc94.wixsite.com/yclam www.cargocollective.com/hebeyang
Perfect weather for the Oxford Road Fun Day in Kensington Park on Saturday 1 July. Visitors of all ages had fun in the OHOS gazebo making monoprints and delicate plasticine prints with artists Neile Wright and Ingrid Jensen. Sunny but not too hot, no rain, no wind to blow the art materials about, and lots of opportunity to catch up with friends and other neighbourhood organisations. Thanks to Luke Trimby and the Oxford Road Multi Agency Team for organising it all.
OpenHand OpenSpace was delighted to be nominated for Cultural Space of the Year, then to be selected as a finalist in Reading's Cultural Awards 2017. The Award Ceremony and dinner at the Olympia Ballroom on 29 June was a splendid celebration of the many categories of cultural activities, and the excellence of Reading's arts organisations. http://readingplaceofculture.org/awards/
OHOS is delighted to receive initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the "Brock Keep: A Roof with a View" project in Reading. Development funding of £16,700 has been awarded by HLF to develop detailed plans for essential conservation of the Keep's roof, turrets and battlements, a rooftop boardwalk and cafe, restoration of the ground floor verandah, and an exciting programme of heritage activities for visitors of all ages. The development project is also supported by Reading Borough Council which is contributing £6,000. OHOS itself is providing £1000 cash and £17000 of non-cash contributions, including professional skills and volunteer time. OHOS Chair Ingrid Jensen said "We are overjoyed to receive this support
thanks to National Lottery Players. It paves the way for Brock Keep to
have a secure future as West Reading Arts and Heritage Centre for the
next 30 years."
This development phase leads to a second round bid by OHOS to HLF in 2018 which, if successful, would be the start of the delivery phase (building work and public activities) with expected costs of about £516,000.
OHOS is extremely grateful to all its many supporters for helping us to achieve this first step. Thank you!