Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Remind me to remember . . . 

A contemporary art exhibition exploring ageing and memory 
12thto 15thJuly 2018

Brock Keep, Open Hand Open Space
571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL

Maybe this is what growing old was like, she thought. Maybe the world gets smaller and smaller until there's nothing 
but the walls around you to show you where you end and the rest of the world begins.”  
- Naomi Jackson, The Star Side of Bird Hill (2015)

This July, Brock Keep at Open Hand Open Space in Reading is the venue for a contemporary art exhibition on the theme of ageing and memories. Twenty-two artists from Reading and the south of England were selected from an open call for artwork exploring the experiences of ageing, both personal and universal. Painting, print, sculpture, video and sound installations - artwork inspired by elderly relatives; introspection of artists personal lives; issues surrounding memory loss; views of ageing in contemporary society; these are just some of the topics touched on in this short exhibition.

Artist Salma Ahmad Caller from Reading will be taking over one of the 'cells' in The Keep with a multi-faceted installation she considers“the space of memory is hollow, it is in a space inside the mind, inside the body, inside the imagination, that is filled with recollection fragments. Triggers like notes of music, sound, touch, are mnemonics, codes that release a cascade of recollection. Memory is intangible yet it is so physical, embodied.” Another Reading based artist Cathy MacLennan will be showing work from an ongoing project entitled 'Half Memory' which she says “is greatly influenced by older people, including my grandmother who recently died aged 105. She claimed never to be lonely as she would go over the story of her life repeatedly, sometimes telling herself her own life story, editing it like a film, but always with a difficulty of conjuring up faces and places – different each time – never fully there.”

The exhibition organiser, selector and curator is OHOS Trustee Janet Curley Cannon. Participating artists include: Louise Anderson, Vivienne Akerman, Jan Bastow, Rukshi Brownlow, Salma Ahmad Caller, Janet Curley Cannon, Shona Davies, Jan Gaska, Jane Glennie, Samantha Humphreys, Jill Iliffe, Ros Ingham, Jon Klein, Cathy MacLennan, Charlotte McClelland, James McColl, Orande Mensink, Dave Monaghan, Caroline Penn, John Percy, Mary Riley and Jonathan Spencer. 

This free exhibition is open Thursday 12th July to Saturday the 14th July from 1PM to 7PM and Sunday 15th July 1PM to 5PM 
Opening reception Wednesday 11th July 7 - 9PM