Tuesday, 17 September 2019


Heritage Open Days: Brock Keep


Guided tours of three floors of Brock Keep, former armoury and gatehouse to Brock Barracks, now studios and art gallery.
Colourful ground floor exhibition of the role of materials in military clothing.
Meet current artists in working studios.
Join in family activities.

Friday 20 September: 11am - 5pm
Saturday 21 September: 11am - 5pm
Sunday 22 September: 11am - 5pm

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.

Monday, 26 August 2019

To Set The Darkness Echoing



Solo exhibition by Heather McAteer

Tuesday 24 - Sunday 29 September 2019

Tuesday & Wednesday 10am-2pm Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Meet the artist Saturday 29 September 3-5pm

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
Works from the Drawing Classes - exhibition


An exhibition of artworks created by those that attended the drawing classes at OpenHand OpenSpace this year.

Saturday 31st August - Sunday 1st September 2019

OHOS Gallery: Open 11am - 5pm
Family friendly / Children's activities / Refreshments

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Play Original Board and Card Games



Original games created by artists 
Elisabetta Balasso and Cally Trench
from Venezuela and England

Saturday 7 September / 3pm - 6pm

Come and play original board and card games by Venezuelan artist Elisabetta Balasso and by English artist Cally Trench, including Elisabetta's Hyperinflation Soup and 
Dinner is Served, and Cally's Trees versus Axemen and Gravestones and Dry Bones.

At Openhand Openspace Gallery 

Free entry, no need to book.
Accessible rules. Suitable for all ages. Tea and cake! 

Sunday, 28 July 2019



New Summer Drawing Classes




Wednesdays 7 August - 4 September
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Tutor Ingrid Jensen
No previous experience needed, basic materials provided.

Enjoy drawing while building skills and confidence and exploring a
range of techniques and materials. These will include line, tone,
spatial relationships, pencil, ink and charcoal. Drawing big and small.
Observation and imagination will both be valued, as will realistic and
abstract drawing. Specific activities will help develop drawing capability.
A curious range of natural and human-made objects will be available for study.

£15 per person or £70 for all five sessions.
Advanced booking essential.
(0118) 959 7752

Takes place in OpenHand OpenSpace ground floor gallery. 


Heritage Open Days: Brock Keep




Guided tours of three floors of Brock Keep, former armoury and gatehouse to Brock Barracks, now studios and art gallery. Colourful ground floor exhibition of the role of materials in military clothing. Meet current artists in working studios. Join in family activities.

Friday 20 September: 11am - 5pm
Saturday 21 September: 11am - 5pm
Sunday 22 September: 11am - 5pm

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

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Post Degree Art Show Show and Sale


University of Reading’s 2019 painting finalists present the
Post Degree-Show Show and Sale!

This show represents the culmination of our university careers and the start of our careers as professional artists.

Please come along to see a diverse range of paintings from figurative to abstract, and perhaps take something special home with you.

Friday 19th July 19:00 - 21:00
Saturday 20th July 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 21st July 10:00 - 18:00 Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1HL