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Drawing Classes Wednesday evenings 13, 20, 27 November and 4 December 2019, 7.30 - 9.30pm.
Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL. Ground Floor (blue door).
£15 per two hour session, or £55 for all four dates.
Enjoy a range of drawing activities, gain new skills, expand the way you think about drawing, and have fun. Relaxed mixed-ability class with tutor Ingrid Jensen. Basic art materials provided, but feel free to bring your own favourites. Free parking behind the Keep. Brock Gardens stop on Bus routes 15, 16 and 17.
5th and 6th of October Open 10am - 5pm What if the shape of a rock, the flexibility of grass, a mosquito fly, a breath, every single meaningless moment you experience, were “random”. Consequently, everything would be “random”. “The Nature of Randomness” aims to explore and discredit the idea of “randomness”. In order to do so, the canvas directly and intermittently interacts with nature itself and colours. During this nature-canvas interaction, all parts and colours added to the composition appear as a result of randomness, but in reality they are not accidental.This exhibition also intends to explore the concept of constant alteration of reality as we know it. Similar to “randomness”, the constant transformation of reality is due to natural laws. Everything changes overtime, including the components incorporated on the canvas. Therefore, all the canvas will change colours, shape and consistency overtime. This process depicts our powerlessness against natural laws.
The artist is charmed and obsessed by the topic of constant alteration of reality.
Tours of Brock Keep: Max 8 people per tour/session.
30 minutes, no booking required.
No lift to upper floors. Access for wheelchairs and
pushchairs to ground floor only
Brock Keep, completed in 1877, is a beautiful
example of the Victorian keeps built to aid recruitment and to increase pride
in local regiments. They provided a ceremonial gatehouse, guardroom, fire
engine house, and secure storage for arms, ammunition and all the kit needed by
soldiers. They were designed at the War Office by distinguished architect Major
H C Seddon of the Royal Engineers.
Reading’s Keep is one of the surviving few that have not been demolished or
converted. It is grade II listed and is particularly special because of its
setting next door to the Lutyens War Memorial and its original Army Depot that
is still occupied by 7th Battalion the Rifles. Its original features are well
preserved. The Keep is now owned by Reading Borough Council and since 1980 has
provided artists' studios for OpenHand OpenSpace and Reading Space Studios, and
exhibition space for many artists. In the early 1980s it was used as a shelter
for homeless people.
Reflecting on the artist’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland, the exhibition features a collection of work which draws directly from personal experience. It focuses on themes of history, memory and identity to consider how the narratives of the past are constructed and presented. The title of the exhibition is taken from the poem ‘Personal Helicon’ by Seamus Heaney. Image: ‘Louder than bombs’ (detail) by Heather McAteer