Friday, 19 April 2019

Reading International

(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies Zbyněk Baladrán, Zeljka Blaksic, Marco Godoy, Mikhail Karikis, Tali Keren, Rory Pilgrim, Jack Tan, and Katarina Zdjelar

Exhibition opening: Friday 26 April 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Opening hours 27 April - 1 June:
Thursdays to Saturdays 3 pm - 6 pm
(Un)Commoning Voices & (Non)Communal Bodies is a series of workshops, performances, and an exhibition, interrogating the relationship between artistic practices and protest movements via the performative scores of collective bodies and voices.  The interdisciplinary program was inspired by the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was active from 1981 to 2000. It was established by women to protest nuclear weapons being sited near Reading at RAF Greenham Common.
In an era of democratic decay, we look again towards the ‘commons’ as the ubiquitous space where the multitude of voices and bodies can appear as performative ensembles to protest hegemonic power structures and negotiate the differences between “language – an abstract socializing apparatus –  and our embodied, sensual experiences”. The ‘common(s)’ in art – the general interrelatedness of human realities, the ‘performative (un)common(s)’ – generative destructive dynamics, and the ‘(under)common(s)’ – the less socially visible aspects of organization and interaction all offer different ways of working and being together that constitute the social condition as the conflictual realm of a reimagined ‘us’. We are interested in this ‘us’ as the moment when we turn our bodies towards each other and listen collectively. We believe that by doing this we complicate an easy understanding of power and agency and create spaces for negotiating nuanced differences.
We therefore ask; how do we participate in reiterative collective acts and what political impact (if any) is gained? What do hegemonic scores look and feel like, and what would alternative or activist scores sound like? How can voices and bodies undermine fear and invite empathy? Can the repetition of darkness ever create light?  How do we, as individual subjects, participate in these collective acts, or resist them?
Other participating artists, speakers, and writers:
Susan Gibb, Marco Godoy, Chto Delat/Dmitry Vilensky, Noam Inbar and Nir Shauloff, Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro and Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome, Mikhail Karikis, Tali Keren, André Lepecki, Florian Malzacher, Public Movement, Michal Oppenheim, Rory Pilgrim, Yvonne Rainer, Edgar Schmitz, Jack Tan, Nina Wakeford, Catherine Wood, Sara Wookey and Katarina Zdjelar.

Curated by Maayan Sheleff and Sarah Spies.



Friday, 29 March 2019

OHOS Easter Art Activities and Stalls


Come and join in making Easter baskets and other fun art activities.
Plus stalls selling plants, books, art and more.
£1 only to join in all the activities.
Refreshments available.

West Reading Window Wanderland


We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a magical trail of beautiful windows in West Reading Window Wanderland, organised by Oxford Road Time Bank. Thank you to Suzanne Carson and Mary Riley for their help and support.

Saturday, 23 March 2019



NO EDEN
16th March to 29th May 2019
Thurs & Fri 10.30 - 13.30  |  Sat & Sun 09.30 - 16.00  |  or by appointment

This exhibition of paintings and mixed media by the OpenHand OpenSpace artist Robert Fitzmaurice looks back at the social history of the site, especially the former military presence and the peace camp protests of the 1980s.  

Over the years Robert has developed a variety of figurative and semi-figurative motifs to question ideas about power, gender, childhood and identity. This exhibition advances those themes in the context of the actions taken by the Greenham women to confront patriarchy and challenge militarism. The common was certainly no Eden then but this show offers no safe historical perspective. When leaders with nuclear arsenals have insulted each other with terms like rocket-man and dullard, and the US and Russia have withdrawn from the INF Treaty the same tensions exist now as then, and deserve our attention.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Exhibition hashtag: #NoEdenGCT
https://www.greenhamtower.org.uk
www.fitzmaurice.works


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

West Reading Window Wanderland


We are delighted to be taking part in this magical event 
organised by Oxford Road Time Bank.

West Reading Window Wanderland
A magical walking trail to light up our streets.
Wrap up warm, check out the map, take a walk and enjoy the displays.

Friday 22 - Sunday 24 March, 6pm - 9pm


Monday, 4 March 2019


Triangulations



Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 April 2019

An exhibition by three OHOS artists, Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice and Sarah Britten-Jones, will include recent work generated from discussion of each other’s art practices and highlighting the artists’ various approaches to themes of power, identity, site and socio-political commentary.

This is the re-opening exhibition after the original exhibition was forced to close last autumn.

Open: Thursday 3pm - 9pm, Friday 3pm - 7pm, Saturday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
Meet the artists:  Thursday 11 April 6pm - 9pm

Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1HL

Friday, 18 January 2019

Drawing for Beginners


Always wanted to draw? Start now!
No previous experience needed. Basic materials provided.
All sessions are now fully booked.  Please contact OHOS if you would like to join future drawing courses and we will let you know when the dates of the next sessions can be confirmed.
Taster Session:
Wednesday 27 February, 7.30 - 9.30pm  £10

Five week course:
Wednesdays 6, 13, 20, 27 March, 3 April 7.30 - 9.30pm
£15 per session, £70 for five week course.
 
Booking essential:  info@ohos.org.uk, (0118) 959 7752


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, and 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.


Tutor: Ingrid Jensen  www.imjensen.co.uk


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