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 http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-cliveden