OpenHand OpenSpace is delighted to have a stand at Reading Contemporary Art Fair 2013 at Rivermead, 27-28 April. Jon and Kate Lockhart, Julia Rogers, Robert Fitzmaurice and Ingrid Jensen installed a display of work, and Kate, Robert and Julia have been handing out information about OHOS's exhibitions, the studios and gallery, and the Artspeak programme of talks and workshops. A great opportunity for networking and audience development. www.readingcontemporaryartfair.co.uk
WAM, the Weather, Art and Music group directed by singer Pierrette Thomet, held a creative art day organised by OHOS artist Julia Rogers on 19 April. The meeting at the Institute of Physics in Portland Place, London brought together meterologists, musicians and artists aiming to develop long term art-science collaborations for a second WAM Festival in Reading in 2014. Several OHOS artists are involved, and there are also plans for September 2013 for an art exhibition at the Met Office in Exeter , and some art interventions at the Royal Met Society Amateur Meterology Conference to be held at the University of Reading.
OHOS has for some years been grateful to Antony Morris and the other partners at ClarksLegal for commercial sponsorship in exchange for placing work in the law firm's offices in Reading. This year an exciting new opportunity has arisen - to place work in their Covent Garden office in London as well as the offices in The Forbury. This funding supports the studios and gallery, and helps OHOS to carry on its public education work. www.clarkslegal.com
Many OHOS artists provide work and help hang the exhibitions. The image shown is Kate Lockhart's view of the Thames in London.
Reading's Hidden History is being revealed! Brendan Carr and Nicola Mann of Reading Museum are working with Oxford Road residents and heritage volunteers to prepare all kinds of interesting surprises about the history of the area. Participants in this project, funded by the Happy Museum, are definitely getting happier as the project develops, and the plan is to show research results at the Oxford Road Fun Day in Kensington Park on Saturday 6 July. There are also lots of ideas and leads to follow for further adventures in local history and culture. This meeting at the Keep on Saturday 20 April also had a culinary dimension - Nicola had baked a large tray of gigantic and delicious biscuits to sustain the participants.