Wednesday, 10 January 2018

OHOS artist joins on-line residency exploring the idea of dissent

OHOS artist Peter Driver has been selected to participate in an online residency organised by practice-led contemporary art collective CAS.

Block_Chain > The Power of Two is an eight week project running from 9 January – 8 March was designed by CAS Associate Susan Francis to expand upon CAS’ emerging dissent methodology and engage artists and audiences in their ongoing dialogue through creative experimentation, observation and discussion. The project will culminate in a symposium on the theme of dissent at Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art later in the year.

You can follow this project on social media using the hashtag #BlockChainDissentArt, and on the website:

Sunday, 7 January 2018

OHOS artist selected for NN Contemporary

OHOS studio member Robert Fitzmaurice has been selected to take part in this juried global open call.

Every two years NN Contemporary Art hosts its Open Exhibition of work by artists from across the world in a wide range of media. The show is selected by a changing panel of judges; this year’s panel were co-directors of originalprojects Kaavous Clayton and Jules Devonshire and artist and Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Studio Practice) Roxy Walsh. 166 artists responded to the open call submitting 347 individual works. From this selection the judges chose 73 artists to feature in the exhibition.

The Open Exhibition launches at NN on 12 January 2018 at 6pm and visitors will be able to see a wide range of artworks: from a video about slugs to utopian philosophy, from washing machine parts and wool to photographs of doves and much more from across the globe including Ukraine, Iran, France and the UK.

Opening night: Friday 12 January 2018, 6–8pm

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.