Friday, 13 July 2012


Echo: 7-15 July, Mon-Fri 3-7, Sat & Sun 11-5
arjeea21's latest exhibition at OHOS's gallery at the Keep is attracting visitors of all ages. Works include film, photography, 3D, painting, drawing, ceramics and performance.   Participating artists are Gerhard Bissell, Sadie Brockbank, Lesley Brown, Peter Driver, Robert Fitzmaurice, Marianne Frank, Gill Goodwin, Angela Huggett-Willis, Ksenija Krotin, Philip Lee & Cally Trench, Helen Lunn, Jerry Lunn, Gordana Naslas, Steve Perfect, John Pumfrey, Clemens Steigleder, Marie Sudwell, Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields and Janet Walton.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Oxford Road Community Fun Day 2012

Well over 100 children enjoyed designing and decorating an "OpenHand" on Saturday 30 June at Kensington Park in West Reading.  The sun shone, the rain mostly held off, and OHOS's new showerproof gazebo prevented all the art materials from blowing away in the blustery wind.  OHOS artists Kate Lockhart, John Lockhart and Ingrid Jensen prepared and managed the event, with help from friends and family.  Special thanks to Kim Jakubiszyn and helpers for organising the Fun Day, the cadets from Brock Barracks for helping us pack up the gazebo at the end in the wind, and to Reading Borough Council for funding through a Comunity Grant.

Surfaces: Works on Paper

16 June - 28 July 2012
Sput+Nik Gallery, Porto, Portugal presents Surfaces: Works on Paper, an exhibition of work by the AMBruno Arts Collective, curated by Steve Perfect and John McDowallThe idea of ‘skin deep’ is a commonplace, but some thinkers have sought to overturn this view of the superficial, and place significance, complexity and profundity in the surface. OHOS artist Ingrid Jensen is pleased to have the work pictured here included in the exhibition.

Cultivation Field

In June OHOS was pleased to host  part of Cultivation Field, an excellent exhibition curated by Kate Corder as part of her PhD research at the University of Reading, It included Reading-based artists and some from as far afield as France, Germany, Denmark, Finland and the USA.  Kate said:  It explores plant and land cultivation through diverse art practices. Plant life could be considered a low-tech material, because it is vegetation, but in the second decade of the twenty-first century plant life is in constant production as part of consumerist high tech industry. Cultivation Field looks at the cracks in land cultivation systems, collective engagement within local communities, plant based objects and methods of production.  The other part of the exhibition was hosted by Jelly.  The image shows work installed in the Keep's garden by Rachael Champion.

The Art Takeaway!

A lively interactive production happened in June at Tsang's Kitchen in Oxford, presented by Artwash in association with Oxford Playhouse.  This was a Chinese takeaway with a difference, where a menu of art pieces created by a wide variety of artists was presented for audience selection.  Each participant elected to carry out a performance task in order to take home their chosen art work.  Artwash was created in 2003 by Kay Sentance, joined later by Barry Reeves and OHOS artist Ann Rapstoff.