Monday, 14 November 2011

Teachers Twilight Art Workshops at The Keep

Open Hand Open Space Studios have been leading a season of twilight teacher training sessions. The sessions are a strand of 'Artifacts' an Arts Council England and Reading Borough Council initiative to work with Museum collections, artists and schools.
Each week, staff explore materials, techniques and themes that directly relate to their classroom practice whilst also enabling the development of their own creativity.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Science@ the Studio

Studio members, Arts Council England and Reading Borough Council are working with local primary schools in Reading to develop a pioneering way to integrate art and science. The project sees whole classes working at Open Hand Open Space artists studios in Reading Berkshire, where they explore themes and ideas based on scientific and artistic inquiry

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

AM Bruno Project 101

The Lab Gallery, 47th & Lexington Ave, New York
November 4 - 25, 2011

OHOS artist Ingrid Jensen is pleased to have two films included in an installation by the London based group of Artists AM Bruno.  One of the films features OHOS artist Anna Mitchell.    All 101 individual film works by 40 artists are silent and of exactly 101 seconds duration, screened on an array of monitors positioned throughout the space.  The project was developed and co-ordinated by Sophie Loss and John McDowall, with additional supervision by Joanna Hill and help from Judy Goldhill, Claire Deniau and Steve Perfect.

Teaser video can be seen at

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

OHOS artist exhibits work in Terminal 5

In the doom and gloom of the current economic climate, Kate Lockhart’s painting of the London skyline shines like a beacon of positivity, radiant on the walls of Terminal 5. The magnificent, explosively powerful 360-degree view is depicted in a 22 metre full scale mirrored print of the original painting and is currently on show in the brand new wing (Gate C) of T5.

A large section of the original painting can also be seen at the Terminal 5 EXPO Fine Art Gallery.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Heritage Open Days at the Keep

Sat 10 - Sun 11 September 2011
11am - 5pm
OpenHand OpenSpace welcomes visitors to the ground floor of the Keep - see what was once the guardroom, cells and fire engine house.  There will be art, artefacts from the Royal Berkshire Regimental Collection kindly lent by the Wardrobe Museum in Salisbury, a display about Trooper Potts VC, information about the Keep's history, art activities and an I-spy trail for children, and refreshments.  Free parking is available in OHOS's car park behind the Keep: from Oxford Road turn into Brock Gardens, then first left and through the double gates.
Free, family friendly, disabled access
All welcome

Friday, 12 August 2011

Would You Like...And Why Not?

Would You Like And Why Not?
15 - 21 August 2011
The Keep
571 Oxford Road, Reading RG30 1HL
Open Mon - Fri 3-7pm, Sat & Sun 11am - 5pm
PV Tues 16 August, 7-9pm

Contemporary art exhibition by arjeea21 artists exploring issues, events and ideas - would you like to come? You will be very welcome! Free entry, and free parking for visitors in OHOS's carpark behind the Keep, reached via Brock Gardens. 

Gerhard Bissell, Anita Benson, Lesley Brown, Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice, Marianne Frank, Gill Goodwin, Ingrid Jensen, Ksenija Krotin, Jerry Lunn, Helen Lunn, Steve Perfect, Julia Rogers, Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Clemens Steigleder, Marie Sudwell, Janet Walton, Neile Wright

With thanks to OpenHand OpenSpace for hosting the exhibition.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

the imaginary friend of the aardvark

Following the library arts trail organized by OHOS with the support of Reading Borough Council, Bithja Moor is now showing more of her work at the Caversham library.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Oxford Road Fun Day

OHOS studio members turned out in force to support our stand at this years fun day. We met well over 100 local residents who all participated in activities that were organised by studio member kate Lockhart.
It was a great day and a superb chance to catch up with our neighborhood.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Knife Edge

Wed 18 - Sun 22 May 2011
11-5pm, plus 6-8 on Fri 20
Private View  Tues 17 May, 6-9pm

The Keep, ground floor, 571 Oxford Road
Reading RG30 1HL

Exhibition of contemporary art by OpenHand OpenSpace.
Elaine Binns, Tom Bailey, Sarah Britten-Jones, Nick Garnett, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Lockhart, Kate Lockhart, Anna Mitchell, Julian Gordon Mitchell, Bithja Moor, Petre Nikoloski, Julia Rogers, Roxana Tohaneanu Shields, Clemens Steigleder.

Free,  all ages welcome.

Friday, 22 April 2011

this time

Julia Rogers, Clemens Steigleder, Ingrid Jensen, Bithja Moor, Chris Mercier and Jo Thomas
Saturday 30th April to Monday 2nd May
2 - 5 pm
opening reception with introductory talk by Roxi Tohaneanu-Shields on Friday 29th, 7 -9 pm
St. Andrew's Church, Caversham
Albert Road, RG4 7PL

At Play 3

an exhibition at South Hill Park, Bracknell

At Play 3 (Bracknell Gallery, Mirror Gallery and Atrium)
Rachael Allen, Carol Coates, Claire Deniau, Nisha Duggal, Alice Flight, Jane Glennie, Frances Greenough, Tom Hackett, Jenny Kiehn, Este Macleod, Tom Marshman, Beverley Matchette-Downes,
Penny Matheson, Bithja Moor, Mary Oliver, Steve Perfect , Neil Raitt, Gary Scholes, Cally Trench, Liz West and Mandy Wilkinson.

Exhibitions at South Hill Park
16 April - 19 June

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Exciting News!

Reading Borough Council has agreed to work with OHOS & Reading Space Studios to prepare a £1m Heritage Lottery bid to restore the Keep as an arts centre, and to provide an immediate £90K to deal with essential fire-safety requirements. Very many thanks to all Councillors for supporting this project, and especial thanks to Councillor Tom Stanway, Lisa Pearce and Steve Hicks for all their work preparing the proposal. Thank you too to all our other supporters, including Richard Stainthorp, Reading's Cultural Partnership Arts Representative.
Watch this space for exciting developments!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Come and See OHOS and the Keep!

Saturday 19 March, 2-4pm
OpenHand OpenSpace
The Keep
571 Oxford Road
Reading RG30 1HL

Open afternoon.  Visit parts of the Keep, find out about OHOS, see some artwork & sample some art activities.  All ages welcome.  Free.  No booking required, just drop in.

Travel: Brock Gardens stop on bus routes 15, 16 & 17 then enter through red pedestrial iron gate. Car park is reached through Brock Gardens, then immediately left and through black steel gates.  Event is through blue door marked Education & Project Space.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Wilson Primary School

OHOS member Jon Lockhart is currently working with Reading Borough Council and Arts Council England at Wilson Primary School. The project is exploring the broadening of community links through creativity. The school which is only a minutes walk from OHOS's Keep headquarters has recently been awarded an Outstanding Ofsted report. Staff from the school will be using the studios for their professional development and it is hoped that students will be able to use the studios for Artsaward training in the near future.

The People's Museum at Battle Library, Reading

The People's Museum Touring Exhibition created by OHOS member Jon Lockhart is currently on show at The Battle Library. The project invited members of the public to bring along an object of significant importance to them. Jon then helped participants to draw the objects which were also photographed. The drawings and photographs are presented along side a written description of each item in 'The People's Museum'
The exhibition is open during library hours.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

All That Remains

10 - 26 March 2011
ReOrsa Project No 5
More Arts, 43c Peach Street Wokingham RG40 1XJ
Wed - Sat, 11-4pm
Private View: Thur 10 March, 5-7pm
All that remains suggests a residue, something left over or abandoned, the remnants of time passing, of erosion, decay; it also suggests the changing form of things, transformation of something that seemed transient or even something that once seemed permanent, immutable.
Includes OHOS artist Ingrid Jensen, and former OHOS artists Jenny Parkes and Tonia Madison

Egyptian Baboons at Cliveden

OHOS sculptor Petre Nikoloski has used his expert skills assist with conservation of a historic pair of granite baboons at Cliveden.  Thought to be 2000 to 2500 years old, the baboons were originally part of an Egyptian temple entrance.  Viscount Astor acquired them in the 19th century and they have been in private ownership until their recent donation to the National Trust.  These unusual sculptures are now in the Long Garden at Cliveden.  For visiting details see the NT website at

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Manual Labour Publication on Amazon

OHOS Member Jon Lockhart's recent publication is now available on Amazon. The book that was commissioned by Modern Art Oxford is published by Cornerhouse, and documents his four year residency at RoseHill Sure Start Centre in Oxford.