Wednesday, 18 June 2014

tree little milk egg book

OHOS is pleased to present this exhibition of recent work by London-based artist Steve Perfect.  His drawings, photographs and books take the viewer on a thoughtful journey through urban "sidelands," making the most of what most of us overlook, and capturing small instances in  time and place.  His drawings are variously poignant, funny, glum, beautiful, puzzling - and altogether enjoyable.  Don't miss them!
Open 11am - 5pm Sat 14 - Sun 15, and Wed 18 - Sat 21 June 2014.
Closing event: Saturday 21 June 2.30 - 4.30pm: all welcome.

Friday, 13 June 2014

New Grounds

Big Boy, by Sarah Britten Jones

Letters from Overseas, by Gill Goodwin

Sand, by Katy Pike
Come and see "New Grounds" at the REME Museum of Technology, Isaac Newton Rd, Arborfield, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9NH.  Work by OHOS and arjeea21 artists responds to the activities of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and has provided many new insights, and provoked some interesting discussions between artists, soldiers and museum staff.  Many thanks to Jennifer Allison, curator at REME Museum, and to Arts Council England for providing the supporting Grant.  There will be summer art workshops open to all - for details please see and there is a catalogue with more information about each artist and art work.  For a review by the artist and curator Janet Curley Cannon please see
This summer is a good opportunity for Reading residents to see REME's excellent museum collection while it is nearby, before it moves to Lyneham in Wiltshire in 2015.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Test Pieces

"Test Pieces" was part of OHOS's partnership with the REME Museum of Technology, funded by Arts Council England.  The exhibition at the Keep examined the process of making models, drawings and small-scale sculptures in preparation for making larger work in both science and engineering.  It included examination pieces machined to fine tolerances by REME's apprentices, drawings of motors and other technical equipment, and explorations of artwork by the OHOS and arjeea21 artists commissioned to make work for the "New Grounds" exhibition at Arborfield.  It also showed some work by distinguished sculptor Eric Stanford - see image above of drawings and maquettes carved in stone made in preparation for much larger outdoor sculptures of Diana and Actaeon.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Springfield School visits OHOS studios and gallery

Students and their teachers from Springfield School visited OHOS at Brock Keep during West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios.  They climbed up the tower to see two floors of artists' studios upstairs, talked to the artists and learned about the processes of making art.  They also spent some time in the ground floor gallery studying the exhibition "Hanging Tough" and making their own drawings.  All the year groups will be visiting during May and June in a programme coordinated by OHOS artist Kate Lockhart.

Open Studios and Hanging Tough exhibition

Artists Kate Lockhart, Mary Riley and Peter Driver discuss OHOS's May exhibition "Hanging Tough, showing work by current OHOS artists as part of West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios.

March for Optimism in Winchester

OHOS artist Peter Driver leads a public procession through Winchester city centre celebrating optimism, acceptance and embrace of all humankind.  This work is part of a major project for Peter's degree show at Winchester School of Art, 16 - 22 June, 10am - 5pm.  A slide show was shown at OHOS's recent Open Studios exhibition "Hanging Tough, and some work from the project will also be on show at the The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower wharf, on the South Bank, Friday 11th - Sunday 13th July.
Winchester School of Art

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Royal Holloway students shoot film at Brock Keep

In May OHOS was delighted to help out undergraduates from Royal Holloway, University of London when they were looking for a venue for their film project.  Their film was about an artist in his studio, so it was convenient for the students to tour OHOS's studios upstairs, looking for inspiration.  It was also easy for the artists to lend some props to give the film extra authenticity.  A good time was had by all, and we look forward to seeing the final production.

Reading and the Great War

OHOS artists were invited by the Friends of Reading University to organise a heritage display for their succesful and moving event commemorating "Reading and the Great War".  Because OHOS occupies Brock Keep in Reading it organises occasional exhibitions about the Royal Berkshire Regiment, for which the Keep was originally built.  The Rifles Museum in the Wardrobe, Salisbury kindly lent items for this event at the Institute of Education, London Road Campus.  Artists Anna Mitchell and Roxi Shields photographed some of the exhibits using photographic equipment bought with the help of Battle Community First.  Members of the public also brought in personal items for display and to be photographed.
Friends of Reading University
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum,
Battle Community First