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.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Living in the Berkshire Iron Age

Many thanks to Andrew Hutt and his colleagues in the Berkshire Archeological Society for presenting such an informative exhibition about living in the Iron Age in Berkshire, with talks, and activities for children to make miniature round houses.  Thank you also to the artists who made and presented artwork responding to this exhibition, and to Reading Museum for the loan of artefacts. OHOS welcomes the opportunity to expand its heritage activities to complement its art exhibitions: it makes a good diverse programme in the historic Brock Keep. The exhibition is open until Friday 13 October (Mon - Fri 3pm - 7.30pm), and there is a talk on Wed 11 October at 6.30pm: Power and Politics in Iron Age Berkshire.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Heritage Open Weekend at The Keep

We had a fantastic weekend showing many new visitors and old friends around 
Reading's awesome Brock Keep. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Imagined Futures - OHOS Artist's exhibition in Southampton

OHOS artist Peter Driver has an exhibition opening in a unique gallery in Southampton, on Friday 1 September 2017. The K6 Gallery is based in two adjacent K6 telephone boxes (the K6 model is the old-fashioned red phone box). The exhibition features a set of six large woodcut prints, a stack of free prints for visitors, and four banners Peter has made jointly with his wife Liz Driver. 

Peter describes the work as ‘an impotent protest against current primary education policy’ and ‘gestures towards future policies that prioritise creativity and imagination’.

The gallery is open all day, every day and the show runs until 1 December 2017.

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Monday, 3 July 2017

State of Mind and Awareness: Materiality

Elegant and interesting show by University of the Arts London student Huiping (Hebe) Yang and Reading University new graduate Ying Chi (Eva) Lam.  Eva's soft sculpture grew out of the walls and squeezed through a doorway, echoing her own imaginings of herself as an explorer and inventor.  She transforms everyday materials through sensitivity to their own intrinsic language, producing peculiar forms that provoke the imaginations of her viewers.  Hebe paints with the unconscious mind to create suggestive collections of shape and forms, moving from figuration to abstraction and from absence to intentional.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

OHOS at Oxford Road Fun Day 2017

Perfect weather for the Oxford Road Fun Day in Kensington Park on Saturday 1 July.  Visitors of all ages had fun in the OHOS gazebo making monoprints and delicate plasticine prints with artists Neile Wright and Ingrid Jensen.  Sunny but not too hot, no rain, no wind to blow the art materials about, and lots of opportunity to catch up with friends and other neighbourhood organisations.  Thanks to Luke Trimby and the Oxford Road Multi Agency Team for organising it all.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

OHOS a finalist in Reading's Cultural Awards 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace was delighted to be nominated for Cultural Space of the Year, then to be selected as a finalist in Reading's Cultural Awards 2017.  The Award Ceremony and dinner at the Olympia Ballroom on 29 June was a splendid celebration of the many categories of cultural activities, and the excellence of Reading's arts organisations.