5th and 6th of October Open 10am - 5pm What if the shape of a rock, the flexibility of grass, a mosquito fly, a breath, every single meaningless moment you experience, were “random”. Consequently, everything would be “random”. “The Nature of Randomness” aims to explore and discredit the idea of “randomness”. In order to do so, the canvas directly and intermittently interacts with nature itself and colours. During this nature-canvas interaction, all parts and colours added to the composition appear as a result of randomness, but in reality they are not accidental.This exhibition also intends to explore the concept of constant alteration of reality as we know it. Similar to “randomness”, the constant transformation of reality is due to natural laws. Everything changes overtime, including the components incorporated on the canvas. Therefore, all the canvas will change colours, shape and consistency overtime. This process depicts our powerlessness against natural laws.
The artist is charmed and obsessed by the topic of constant alteration of reality.
Tours of Brock Keep: Max 8 people per tour/session.
30 minutes, no booking required.
No lift to upper floors. Access for wheelchairs and
pushchairs to ground floor only
Brock Keep, completed in 1877, is a beautiful
example of the Victorian keeps built to aid recruitment and to increase pride
in local regiments. They provided a ceremonial gatehouse, guardroom, fire
engine house, and secure storage for arms, ammunition and all the kit needed by
soldiers. They were designed at the War Office by distinguished architect Major
H C Seddon of the Royal Engineers.
Reading’s Keep is one of the surviving few that have not been demolished or
converted. It is grade II listed and is particularly special because of its
setting next door to the Lutyens War Memorial and its original Army Depot that
is still occupied by 7th Battalion the Rifles. Its original features are well
preserved. The Keep is now owned by Reading Borough Council and since 1980 has
provided artists' studios for OpenHand OpenSpace and Reading Space Studios, and
exhibition space for many artists. In the early 1980s it was used as a shelter
for homeless people.
Reflecting on the artist’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland, the exhibition features a collection of work which draws directly from personal experience. It focuses on themes of history, memory and identity to consider how the narratives of the past are constructed and presented. The title of the exhibition is taken from the poem ‘Personal Helicon’ by Seamus Heaney. Image: ‘Louder than bombs’ (detail) by Heather McAteer
An exhibition of artworks created by those that attended the drawing classes at OpenHand OpenSpace this year. Saturday 31st August - Sunday 1st September 2019 OHOS Gallery: Open 11am - 5pm
Family friendly / Children's activities / Refreshments
Guided tours of three floors of Brock Keep, former armoury
and gatehouse to Brock Barracks, now studios and art gallery. Colourful ground
floor exhibition of the role of materials in military clothing. Meet current
artists in working studios. Join in family activities.
Very exciting news! OHOS is a finalist in the Reading Cultural Awards 2019, in two categories: Cultural Organisation of the Year and Cultural Space of the Year. A big thank you to all OHOS's friends, volunteers and supporters. http://readingplaceofculture.org/awards/
Great News! OHOS has been nominated for the Reading Cultural Awards 2019 in two categories: Cultural Organisation of the Year, and Cultural Space of the Year. Thank you to all our friends and supporters! Please share the news, and come and check out the space by visiting the exciting new exhibition by Reading International at OHOS: (Un) Commoning Voices and (Non) Commoning Bodies, open 27 April - 1 June, Thur - Sat 3-6pm.
(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.