Tuesday, 5 June 2018


Reading International: NOVEL Project Launch and Summer Event

Exhibition launch with music and BBQ

Thursday 14 June 2018
6 - 9 pm

A reproduction of three weeks in May 1970
Organised by NOVEL
May 2018 – May 2019

An introduction to the forthcoming programme of commissioned events alongside a presentation of the NOVEL archive and a video programme of past, present and future collaborators.
https://readinginternational.org/programme/novel/

Reading International Summer BBQ
Please join us to celebrate the mid-point of Reading International’s artistic programme with our partner organisations and contributors. With music provided by Uncle Peanut and food courtesy of Afghan BBQ.

At Open Hand Open Space, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
Please note, there is no parking available at this event, buses 15, 16 and 17 Brock Gardens stop right outside

Only The Sunny Hours


Contemporary photography with a KODAK Brownie 127

Curator Cally Trench, invited twenty artists to work with this sixty-year-old technology. 


Wednesday 20 - Sunday 24 June 2018


Exhibition open:
Wednesday 20: 3pm - 7pm
Thursday 21: 3pm - 7pm
Friday 22 June: 3pm - 7pm.
Saturday 23 June: 12 noon - 6pm
Sunday 24 June: 11am - 5pm


Open Day: Saturday 23rd June, 12 noon - 6pm
Performances, short films, talks, discussions and readings by the artists, plus a Brownie 127 studio where you can be photographed, and an indoor Picnic, where you can sit, eat, drink and chat. All welcome.

Artists: Marco Calí, Alex Dewart, Peter Driver, Barbara Dyrschka, Linda Francis, Judy Goldhill, Jane Grisewood, Hepzibah Hill, Ingrid Jensen, Lydia Julien, Philip Lee, Sophie Loss, John McDowall, Steve Perfect / Jennifer Partridge, Roger Perkins, Ann Rapstoff, Guy Tarrant, Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Cally Trench, and Nick Trench.

Kodak Brownie 127 cameras - made between 1952 and 1963 - were used by millions of families to record outings and picnics on sunny days. The Brownie 127 is a simple camera with a fixed shutter speed, focus and depth of field, and no flash or tripod attachment. The film is loaded in a darkened room and wound on by hand.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Imago



Open Studios 2018:

An exhibition by OHOS artists and guests, with tours of the studios

Tuesday 8 - Sunday 13 May

Open evening: Tuesday 8 May, 7pm - 9pm

Exhibition open: Tuesday - Friday, 3pm - 7pm  /  Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 5pm

Part of the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios

Monday, 16 April 2018

Reading Contemporary Art Fair



20 - 22 April 2018
OHOS members exhibiting at Reading Contemporary Art Fair.
John Percy: abstract mixed-media paintings are full of vibrant colours, exploring ideas of order and chaos, visit stand no14. Janet Curley Cannon: mixed-media work of buildings and cityscapes are transformed through a riot of colour and texture, visit stand no38.
Opening Times
Private View: Friday 20 April 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Saturday 21 April 10am - 6pm
Sunday 22 April 10am - 5pm

At Rivermead Leisure Complex, Richfield Avenue, Reading RG1 8EQ
See website for entry prices:
www.contemporaryartfairs.co.uk/reading

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Crafts Council's Hey Clay! at OHOS




OHOS hosted another fantastic Crafts Council's Hey Clay! event, organised by ceramic artist, Cáit Gould. Nearly 100 visitors took part in the clay sessions, creating hand built animals, pinch pots and using the potters' wheel. Local potters, Martin Easterbrook, Louise Cox, Liesl Fletcher, Ursula Waechter and OHOS artist Jane Bunce led the sessions. Our thanks to all the artists for all their hard work, to all the visitors that took part and to Potclays and Blue Matchbox for all their support.

Friday, 2 March 2018


STEAM@the studio  

British Science Week and Heritage Pilot Study


Thank you to everyone that came to join in the fun during British Science Week to take part in all the activities. These included: Automatas and Pop-ups led by Think Lockhart, Wacky Races led by The Annual Daydream Harvest, A Building Has Influence led by The Engine Room, The Magic of Green led by Nature Nurture, Discovery Den led by Mini Professors.





Saturday, 17 February 2018

Please help OHOS with an audience survey!

Dear Friends, Neighbours and hoped-for New Visitors,
We are working hard on a Heritage Lottery Fund development project - "A Roof with a View" - to provide a three year programme of heritage learning activities for the community - and we want to include as many visitors as possible in these activities.  Please complete the anonymous survey at the link below to help us plan the best possible visitor experiences for you.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CX38KJT
The project also plans to repair the roof of Brock Keep, remove the scaffolding, provide public access to the rooftop (with a small cafe), restore the ground floor verandah.  Fingers crossed for second round success later this year! Thank you for your help.

Monday, 29 January 2018

OHOS presentation in Tate Exchange

OHOS artists had fun in Tate Modern on 27 January 2018 delivering a presentation in Tate Exchange as part of the Reading International Summit. https://readinginternational.org/programme/tate-exchange/
The aim was to present information about OHOS's public activity programme and future plans, but also to raise awareness of the costs and anxieties to small groups of balancing art practice with arts admin and sustaining public artspace - all while trying not to fall off the career ladder as individual artists.
Many thanks to Susanne Clausen and Reading International for organising the event, to Tate Modern for hosting the event, and to Sarah Hacker and Reading Borough Council for additional support.

Trevor Thomas



OHOS remembers with love and thanks all the help and friendship from Trevor Thomas, who volunteered his time and energy to developing Brock Keep's garden over the last five years, with the help of David Ebdon.  Sadly Trevor passed away last month, and his friends and family have planted his Christmas tree in the garden.  Trevor's work has provided a beautiful garden of flowers, bulbs, shrubs and vegetables for everyone to enjoy.  We are grateful to Dave for his continued help.



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

OHOS artist joins on-line residency exploring the idea of dissent

OHOS artist Peter Driver has been selected to participate in an online residency organised by practice-led contemporary art collective CAS.


Block_Chain > The Power of Two is an eight week project running from 9 January – 8 March was designed by CAS Associate Susan Francis to expand upon CAS’ emerging dissent methodology and engage artists and audiences in their ongoing dialogue through creative experimentation, observation and discussion. The project will culminate in a symposium on the theme of dissent at Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art later in the year.

You can follow this project on social media using the hashtag #BlockChainDissentArt, and on the website: https://block-chain.chapelartsstudios.co.uk


Sunday, 7 January 2018

OHOS artist selected for NN Contemporary


OHOS studio member Robert Fitzmaurice has been selected to take part in this juried global open call.

Every two years NN Contemporary Art hosts its Open Exhibition of work by artists from across the world in a wide range of media. The show is selected by a changing panel of judges; this year’s panel were co-directors of originalprojects Kaavous Clayton and Jules Devonshire and artist and Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Studio Practice) Roxy Walsh. 166 artists responded to the open call submitting 347 individual works. From this selection the judges chose 73 artists to feature in the exhibition.

The Open Exhibition launches at NN on 12 January 2018 at 6pm and visitors will be able to see a wide range of artworks: from a video about slugs to utopian philosophy, from washing machine parts and wool to photographs of doves and much more from across the globe including Ukraine, Iran, France and the UK.

Opening night: Friday 12 January 2018, 6–8pm