Monday, 21 December 2009


 Image by Julia Rogers

November 2009 - January 2010, viewable at all hours.
173 Friar Street, Reading RG1 1HZ (ex Long Tall Sally)

Shehnoor Ahmed, Ingrid Jensen and Julia Rogers are participating in Peepshow, which invites passers by to peer through small spyholes and search for insights offered by these secret worlds.  Peepshow is curated by Bithja Moor for arjeea21 and the Art Windows scheme developed by Jelly and Reading UK CIC

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Emily Vicary

Emily, who lives in Reading,  was awarded residencies at OpenHand OpenSpace in 2007 and 2009, and has now been appointed as an Exhibitions Intern at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell.  She plans to continue making sculptural work and hopes to complete an MA next year.

In 2007, she and her peers curated the group show ‘20 BELLOWS’ which took place in the Keep.  The show demonstrated a re-thinking of various lo-brow and craft based mediums, such as carving space ships into wood.
In 2009, following her graduation from the Ruskin School, University of Oxford, Emily used her studio and the project space in the Keep to prepare for a group show named ‘FADEINS’ at The Barn in Reading.  This granted her a fairly smooth transition between the private world of the Ruskin to the vast space outside.
Image: Star Sculpture 2009

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Hot Air

During November and December 150 paper balloons will be collected together at The Keep and prepared for an installation in the Museum of Reading as part of the RGA's exhibition Eighty! 9 January - 21 March 2010.  The balloons are a festive and inclusive way of celebrating the RGA's eightieth year as an active art group in Reading, with every member being invited to make one and use it as a canvas.  The installation also represents artists' ideas and aspirations, whch are ever vulnerable to the pricks and constraints of daily life.  But balloons may also suggest hot air, and there will be an open session on overheated discussions in the art world in March 2010.
Completed balloons may be delivered to The Keep, 571 Oxford Road on Sunday 29 November 2009, 2-4pm.  Ingrid Jensen will also be happy to offer practical help then to RGA members who have yet to complete their part of the project.  Later delivery days may be arranged as necessary.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Works from the Lichen Factor

Julian Grater: a new series of paintings emerging from residencies in Northern Canada.
5-28 November 2009
Sarah Myerscough Fine Art
15-16 Brooks Mews, London W1K 4DS
Open Mon - Fri 10 - 6, Sat 12 - 3
Tel:  (0)20 7495 0069
Nearest Tube station: Bond Street

Friday, 9 October 2009

We Can Do This

REFF: Special Bursary
The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
Jon Lockhart: Performance: We Can Do This
23rd Oct 7:30-9:30 25th Oct 6:30-9:00

An installation and performance using coffee and popcorn as a link to a cinematic history.
Using props and live video and audio, Jon Lockhart will for the first time be part of the art.
Come and marvel at how much you can remember, be afraid at how much you thought you'd
forgot. This performance is not suitable for animals.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Drawn to Dance

Drawing to dance

July 17th 2009

A performance devised from a workshop between visual artists Carla Conte, Shehnoor Ahmed and Gina Field; Kathak dancer Manuela Benini and sound artist Fari Bradley. The resulting piece was an improvised drawing performance which was a response to the choreographed movement of the dancer, a composition of music and the dimentions of the paper canvas frames. The piece was performed live at Asia electronica and evening of performance, art, installations and music. The project was funded by RISC and OHOS. We are hoping to develop this idea of drawing to dance, exploring futher materials, mediums and narrative between the three performers.