Sunday, 29 March 2020


Unfortunately due to Covid-19 all OHOS's public activities are currently suspended and Brock Keep is closed to the public.  There is no regular admin service but the Keep and its grounds are checked regularly for security purposes and email is monitored.  Please email if you have any concerns.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Drawing and Introduction to Watercolour

Old Harry, Dorset
Five week series of workshops to develop skills in drawing and watercolour.

All sessions cancelled unfortunately, due to Covid-19.  Hope to reschedule in future.
Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 April 2020.
£16 for each 2-hour session.  Booking essential through Eventbrite
Tutor: Ingrid Jensen.

Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Happy Holidays!

The OHOS office will be closed from Wed 25 Dec to Thur 2 January.  Normal service will be resumed on Fri 3 Jan. (ie Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am - 2pm)
Very best wishes to all OHOS's friends for a happy and restful Christmas, and a successful 2020.  A big thank you to our many supporters and volunteers.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Autumn Drawing

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.

Booking essential:  select dates on the Doodle poll at or email

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

The Estate

Lisa-Marie Gibbs and Philip Newcombe

18 - 20 October 2019, 11am - 5pm

Preview 17 October 6pm - 9pm

Supported by Arts Council England

Sunday, 29 September 2019

The Nature of Randomness

Exhibition by Virginia Tozzi

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.

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.