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. 
www.evalyc94.wixsite.com/yclam
www.cargocollective.com/hebeyang

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.  http://readingplaceofculture.org/awards/

Monday, 26 June 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace wins National Lottery Support



OHOS is delighted to receive initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the "Brock Keep: A Roof with a View" project in Reading. Development funding of £16,700 has been awarded by HLF to develop detailed plans for essential conservation of the Keep's roof, turrets and battlements, a rooftop boardwalk and cafe, restoration of the ground floor verandah, and an exciting programme of heritage activities for visitors of all ages.  The development project is also supported by Reading Borough Council which is contributing £6,000.  OHOS itself is providing £1000 cash and £17000 of non-cash contributions, including professional skills and volunteer time.  OHOS Chair Ingrid Jensen said "We are overjoyed to receive this support thanks to National Lottery Players.  It paves the way for Brock Keep to have a secure future as West Reading Arts and Heritage Centre for the next 30 years."

This development phase leads to a second round bid by OHOS to HLF in 2018 which, if successful, would be the start of the delivery phase (building work and public activities) with expected costs of about £516,000. 

OHOS is extremely grateful to all its many supporters for helping us to achieve this first step.  Thank you!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017



State of Mind and Awareness: Materiality

An exhibition by artists Huiping (Hebe) YANG and Ying Chi (Eva) LAM
20 - 24 June 2017

Private view: Tuesday 20, 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday 21 - Friday 23, 12 noon - 7pm
Saturday 24, 11am - 4pm

At Openhand Openspace Gallery

Friday, 28 April 2017




We are experiencing a period of chaos and contrast; it may bring about change personally, within our community, the country and the world. OHOS Artists explore these themes through painting, sculpture, print and more. Join us on on any of our Open Days for a tour of the artists studios and an interesting, thought provoking exhibition by our artist and associate members.

Friday, 7 April 2017





OpenHand OpenSpace at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2017


Join OpenHand OpenSpace Studios and OHOS artists Peter Driver, Jon Lockhart and Kate Lockhart at this year's
Reading Contemporary Art Fair
Come along to Stand 20 to find out more about the OpenHand OpenSpace, our recent activities, workshops, and exhibitions as well as see first hand the artwork by some of our members.

You can also see OHOS artists John Percy at Stand 3 and Janet Curley Cannon at Stand 87


Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading

Reading Contemporary Art Fair is a prominent annual arts event for the area, promoting affordable art directly to the general public, a showcase for the diversity of talent, styles and mediums used by regional and national artists. Visitors can expect to see an inspirational range of artwork, a unique opportunity for new and experienced collectors to view and buy direct from the artist or benefit from the informed collections from a number of leading galleries. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and relaxed, with something for everyone. Recent graduates and established artists can be found alongside a number of galleries showing work by accepted masters and fresh new talent. A good day out to enjoy contemporary art in Reading.
www.readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk