Monday, 4 December 2017

Cultural Narratives: City as a Cabinet of Curiosities

7 - 10 December 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace Gallery is hosting a unique exhibition by 2nd year students from the School of Architecture, University of Reading. The students have been working on architectural ideas based on Brock Keep and iconic buildings along the Oxford Road, since September this year. This exhibition, curated by the students, will show a collection of observations, ideas, processes, drawings and models, exploring the role of creativity and imagination in the shaping of Reading’s cultural fabric and in unfolding its history.

Exhibition opening times:
Thursday 7 December, 12 noon - 6pm
Friday 8 December, 12 noon - 7pm
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, 11am - 5pm

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

OHOS artist selected for Discerning Eye, SFSA Open and Rye Winter Salon

Index, mixed media and sawdust on panel, 40x30cm, 2017

Artworks by OpenHand OpenSpace studio member Robert Fitzmaurice have been selected for the following exhibitions this winter:

16 Nov - 26 Nov 2017
A show of small works independently selected by six prominent figures from different areas of the art world
Mall Galleries, London SW1

24 Nov - 09 Dec 2017
Selected artists from an open call across the UK and Europe
Rye Creative Centre, New Road Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

SFSA Painting Open
08-10 Dec & 14 - 17 Dec 2017
An exhibition of small works celebrating contemporary painting
No Format Gallery, Deptford, London SE8 5JB

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Guiltless Garden

It's difficult to write about this outstanding exhibition of work at Brock Keep by Lisa Marie Gibbs (26 - 29 October 2017) because her work says it all so much better through her painting, drawing and printmaking: difficult questions asked, pathways followed (or not), temptations resisted (or not), waystages contemplated.... a scary garden of potential delights.

For Such A Time As This

Peter Driver's work is - as always - thoughtful and thought-provoking, and his exhibition at Brock Keep (18-22 Oct 2017) is much appreciated.  It juxtaposes serious concerns about our society with a purposeful and irrepressible optimism. It integrates traditional visual activities such as drawing, text, printmaking, and birdwatching with a contemporary use of ideas, materials, expression and performance.  The results of his practice are intriguing and uplifting.  See for more about Peter and his work.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Gap Junction

A new network of links is growing out of OHOS artist Ingrid Jensen's recent exhibition at Propeller in Toronto (20 Sept - 1 October).  Watch out for future links and digital exchanges between Propellers and OHOSers.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Living in the Berkshire Iron Age

Many thanks to Andrew Hutt and his colleagues in the Berkshire Archeological Society for presenting such an informative exhibition about living in the Iron Age in Berkshire, with talks, and activities for children to make miniature round houses.  Thank you also to the artists who made and presented artwork responding to this exhibition, and to Reading Museum for the loan of artefacts. OHOS welcomes the opportunity to expand its heritage activities to complement its art exhibitions: it makes a good diverse programme in the historic Brock Keep. The exhibition is open until Friday 13 October (Mon - Fri 3pm - 7.30pm), and there is a talk on Wed 11 October at 6.30pm: Power and Politics in Iron Age Berkshire.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Heritage Open Weekend at The Keep

We had a fantastic weekend showing many new visitors and old friends around 
Reading's awesome Brock Keep. 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Imagined Futures - OHOS Artist's exhibition in Southampton

OHOS artist Peter Driver has an exhibition opening in a unique gallery in Southampton, on Friday 1 September 2017. The K6 Gallery is based in two adjacent K6 telephone boxes (the K6 model is the old-fashioned red phone box). The exhibition features a set of six large woodcut prints, a stack of free prints for visitors, and four banners Peter has made jointly with his wife Liz Driver. 

Peter describes the work as ‘an impotent protest against current primary education policy’ and ‘gestures towards future policies that prioritise creativity and imagination’.

The gallery is open all day, every day and the show runs until 1 December 2017.

Read more details here:

Monday, 3 July 2017

State of Mind and Awareness: Materiality

Elegant and interesting show by University of the Arts London student Huiping (Hebe) Yang and Reading University new graduate Ying Chi (Eva) Lam.  Eva's soft sculpture grew out of the walls and squeezed through a doorway, echoing her own imaginings of herself as an explorer and inventor.  She transforms everyday materials through sensitivity to their own intrinsic language, producing peculiar forms that provoke the imaginations of her viewers.  Hebe paints with the unconscious mind to create suggestive collections of shape and forms, moving from figuration to abstraction and from absence to intentional.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

OHOS at Oxford Road Fun Day 2017

Perfect weather for the Oxford Road Fun Day in Kensington Park on Saturday 1 July.  Visitors of all ages had fun in the OHOS gazebo making monoprints and delicate plasticine prints with artists Neile Wright and Ingrid Jensen.  Sunny but not too hot, no rain, no wind to blow the art materials about, and lots of opportunity to catch up with friends and other neighbourhood organisations.  Thanks to Luke Trimby and the Oxford Road Multi Agency Team for organising it all.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

OHOS a finalist in Reading's Cultural Awards 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace was delighted to be nominated for Cultural Space of the Year, then to be selected as a finalist in Reading's Cultural Awards 2017.  The Award Ceremony and dinner at the Olympia Ballroom on 29 June was a splendid celebration of the many categories of cultural activities, and the excellence of Reading's arts organisations.

Monday, 26 June 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace wins National Lottery Support

OHOS is delighted to receive initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the "Brock Keep: A Roof with a View" project in Reading. Development funding of £16,700 has been awarded by HLF to develop detailed plans for essential conservation of the Keep's roof, turrets and battlements, a rooftop boardwalk and cafe, restoration of the ground floor verandah, and an exciting programme of heritage activities for visitors of all ages.  The development project is also supported by Reading Borough Council which is contributing £6,000.  OHOS itself is providing £1000 cash and £17000 of non-cash contributions, including professional skills and volunteer time.  OHOS Chair Ingrid Jensen said "We are overjoyed to receive this support thanks to National Lottery Players.  It paves the way for Brock Keep to have a secure future as West Reading Arts and Heritage Centre for the next 30 years."

This development phase leads to a second round bid by OHOS to HLF in 2018 which, if successful, would be the start of the delivery phase (building work and public activities) with expected costs of about £516,000. 

OHOS is extremely grateful to all its many supporters for helping us to achieve this first step.  Thank you!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

State of Mind and Awareness: Materiality

An exhibition by artists Huiping (Hebe) YANG and Ying Chi (Eva) LAM
20 - 24 June 2017

Private view: Tuesday 20, 4pm - 8pm
Wednesday 21 - Friday 23, 12 noon - 7pm
Saturday 24, 11am - 4pm

At Openhand Openspace Gallery

Friday, 28 April 2017

We are experiencing a period of chaos and contrast; it may bring about change personally, within our community, the country and the world. OHOS Artists explore these themes through painting, sculpture, print and more. Join us on on any of our Open Days for a tour of the artists studios and an interesting, thought provoking exhibition by our artist and associate members.

Friday, 7 April 2017

OpenHand OpenSpace at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2017

Join OpenHand OpenSpace Studios and OHOS artists Peter Driver, Jon Lockhart and Kate Lockhart at this year's
Reading Contemporary Art Fair
Come along to Stand 20 to find out more about the OpenHand OpenSpace, our recent activities, workshops, and exhibitions as well as see first hand the artwork by some of our members.

You can also see OHOS artists John Percy at Stand 3 and Janet Curley Cannon at Stand 87

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April at the Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading

Reading Contemporary Art Fair is a prominent annual arts event for the area, promoting affordable art directly to the general public, a showcase for the diversity of talent, styles and mediums used by regional and national artists. Visitors can expect to see an inspirational range of artwork, a unique opportunity for new and experienced collectors to view and buy direct from the artist or benefit from the informed collections from a number of leading galleries. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and relaxed, with something for everyone. Recent graduates and established artists can be found alongside a number of galleries showing work by accepted masters and fresh new talent. A good day out to enjoy contemporary art in Reading.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

To&Fro 往返 - An exhibition of new work by Robert Fitzmaurice

OpenHand OpenSpace studio member Robert Fitzmaurice is holding an exhibition next month at The Peacock Gallery (see below and press release here)

You are invited to the opening 1pm - 3pm on Saturday 22nd April

To&Fro - Robert Fitzmaurice

All enquires: or 0118 926 2467

Tuesday, 7 March 2017