Sunday, 3 June 2012

Weather, Art and Music Festival

WAM! The first Weather, Art and Music Festival - brainchild of Festival Director Pierrette Thomet -  happened in Reading Town Hall over the Jubilee weekend.  Julia Rogers curated an exhibition of drawings, paintings, performance, photography and sculpture by nine artists, including other OHOS artists Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields, Anna Mitchell and Ingrid Jensen.  There was much discussion and cross fertilisation of ideas, with an integrated programme including talks by Prof. Paul Hardaker of the Met Office & Prof. Giles Harrison of the University of Reading, music recitals by Pierrette and guitarist Gerard Cousins, and the premiere of Rhian Samuel's Cosmos by soprano Alison Pearce, & pianist Mark Packwood.  Sir John Madejski was guest of honour.  Further collaborations are planned.  Julia's installation shown here was inspired by surface weather analysis