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.

Saturday, 15 September 2018


Triangulations


EXHIBITION POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Sarah Britten-Jones, Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice
Due to unforeseen circumstances the artists regretfully have to postpone this exhibition. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Heritage Open Days: Brock Keep



Friday 7 - Sunday 9 September 2018  from 11am - 5pm

Exhibition 

Guided tours of the Keep

Artists at work in studios

Children's Trail

A warm welcome

Refreshments

www.heritageopendays.org.uk  

Sunday, 5 August 2018


Every Story Tells a Story


Exhibition by Ivilina Kouneva and Sharon Haward


TUESDAY 28 AUGUST – SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 


Meet the artists Tuesday 28 August 2018 5pm - 8pm 


OPEN: TUESDAY 11-5pm | WEDNESDAY - FRIDAY 3pm-7pm | SATURDAY - SUNDAY 11am-5pm 

OpenHand OpenSpace Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Rd, Reading, Berkshire. RG30 IHL 


“Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.” Umberto Eco 
Works of art often speak of other works of art or they comment on their meaning, bringing forward their new narrative - a story which has been started somewhere else, in another creative mind. Works of art are based on other people’s stories or emerge from them. We create our stories, keep on walking, braving our way through life and changing the places we have visited, adding new meaning. 
This exhibition is a mixed media show, where different stories and experiences will be located in the different areas/chambers and corridors of The Keep. It is a dialogue between two artists who respond differently to the environment of the Keep and the idea of stories within stories.
www.sharonhaward.com

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Encounters



Photography exhibition by Linda Vanuska

Tuesday 17 - Sunday 22 July 2018

Tuesday - Friday 3pm - 7pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm

Linda Vanuska is currently a third year BA Art and Film student at the University of Reading, and a volunteer at OpenHand OpenSpace.

The selection of exhibited photographs is an instagram format record of a 2016 installation work of metal wire figurines exhibited at the University of Reading 1'st Year Art Final Show.
Encounters is an abstract illustration of hollow and hungry individuality on its journey towards satisfying the curiosities of life through mystical encounters with other life forms and entities, and the conjuring and exchange of substantial abundance as a result. It is also a portrait of the oppressed and restrained wandering vessels, enslaved by the demands and limits of their own capacities, yearning for the taste of freedom. 


Monday, 9 July 2018




LAST MINUTE CHANGE - Due to England's success so far in the World Cup we have decided to change our Private View from Wednesday night to Friday 13th 7PM to 9PM. We hope you'll come along on Friday evening, enjoy the cool air and drinks inside The Keep while chatting with the artists about their work and reminiscing about life, the universe and everything. We will remain open on Saturday and Sunday as advertised, so if you are like a few of us and would like to find something other than football or tennis to engage with then stop by for a visit!!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Cerebral Gas - Open For Art

Cerebral Gas exhibition at OpenHand OpenSpace, 3 - 8 July 2018.
Open Tuesday to Friday 3 - 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 5pm.
Late opening Thursday 5 July for arjeea 21 meeting, 7.30 - 9.30pm: all welcome.
Interactive installation by Ingrid Jensen, plus works by Peter Driver and John Percy.  Come and join the conversation!
Venue 38 of Jelly's Open For Art 2018: jelly.org.uk

Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
Free parking in the Keep's car park: turn south off Oxford Road into Brock Gardens, then first left and through the black gates. 
Bus stop: Brock Gardens on routes 15, 16 and 17.