Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Play Original Board and Card Games

Original games created by artists 
Elisabetta Balasso and Cally Trench
from Venezuela and England

Saturday 7 September / 3pm - 6pm

Come and play original board and card games by Venezuelan artist Elisabetta Balasso and by English artist Cally Trench, including Elisabetta's Hyperinflation Soup and 
Dinner is Served, and Cally's Trees versus Axemen and Gravestones and Dry Bones.

At Openhand Openspace Gallery 

Free entry, no need to book.
Accessible rules. Suitable for all ages. Tea and cake! 

Sunday, 28 July 2019

New Summer Drawing Classes

Wednesdays 7 August - 4 September
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Tutor Ingrid Jensen
No previous experience needed, basic materials provided.

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. 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.

£15 per person or £70 for all five sessions.
Advanced booking essential.
(0118) 959 7752

Takes place in OpenHand OpenSpace ground floor gallery. 

Heritage Open Days: Brock Keep

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.

Friday 20 September: 11am - 5pm
Saturday 21 September: 11am - 5pm
Sunday 22 September: 11am - 5pm

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.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Post Degree Art Show Show and Sale

University of Reading’s 2019 painting finalists present the
Post Degree-Show Show and Sale!

This show represents the culmination of our university careers and the start of our careers as professional artists.

Please come along to see a diverse range of paintings from figurative to abstract, and perhaps take something special home with you.

Friday 19th July 19:00 - 21:00
Saturday 20th July 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 21st July 10:00 - 18:00 Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1HL

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Process exhibition

An exhibition by a loose collective of artists including:

Sam Stead, Tim Wilson, Tyka Epik, George Field, Aileen Creegan, Robert Fitzmaurice, Lisa Barnard, Chris Mercier and Steve Perfect.

With some work being made in situ and even during the exhibition itself, this exhibition attempts to explore the ways which art is made, how it is shown and how it is seen.

Open: Tuesday 2nd July - Sunday 7th July 2019

Tuesday to Friday 10am-2pm
Sat & Sun 10am - 4pm

Not-So-Private-View on Thursday 4th July 4-7pm Openhand Openspace, Brock Keep, 571 Oxford Road Reading RG30 1HL
Part of Open for Art 2019

Friday, 31 May 2019

OHOS is a Finalist in the Reading Cultural Awards 2019

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/

Monday, 13 May 2019

Undecided Exhibition - OHOS Open Studios

Undecided An exhibition of contemporary art by OpenHand OpenSpace artists reflecting the dilemmas facing artists as they persevere in their own practices. Guided tours of the studios and the Keep.

Meet the artists Tuesday 21 May 7pm - 9pm

Exhibition open:
Monday 20 - Sunday 26 May
Mon - Fri 3pm - 7pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm

An Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire event.

Friday, 10 May 2019

OHOS nominated for Reading Cultural 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.

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

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

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


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