Monthly Archives: May 2010

Town Centre Day, The Sonic Tuck Shop and a cup of Tea

Generally our life in jelly is interesting and changing continually and the next fourteen days are going to be just like that.

Listen, The Domestic Soundscape

Firstly Felicity Ford, artist and creator of The Domestic Soundscape (as heard on Radio 4) will be creating a new installation in the jelly ArtPad. This piece of work will be exhibited as part of the Open for Art Project in 27/28 Market Place (previously used for a pop-up jelly show in June 2009).

The Sonic Tuck Shop is a project by Felicity Ford that aims to celebrate the world of food through sounds. Originally an installation at Sonic Art Oxford where viewers could buy popcorn, fizzy drinks and exploding candy in firework-style packaging, the idea is being expanded to fill a handmade book! This book draws attention to the sounds of food in an imaginative and playful way, and includes a helpful tear-out shopping list detailing sonically interesting foods, a menu-plan for a day in which meals are planned according to the way they sound, a manifesto that explains the idea of the Sonic Tuck Shop, a CD packed full of Sonic Tuck, and much more! For Eat Reading, Ms. Ford will create a window display featuring many ideas from The Sonic Tuckshop Book, so that passersby can glimpse into its pages from the street… Food will never sound the same once you have heard and seen The Sonic Tuckshop!

The piece will be installed 4/5 June 2010.
For more info on how The Sonic Tuck Shop was devised, visit the food haven here.

The Sonic Tuckshop, printed paper bag

The day after that is Town Centre Day and we’ll be working with art students, RISC, New Directions, Reading Museum ~ come and find us all on Broad Street, Reading from 11am-4pm. In the evening we will be popping along to RISC to see a new exhibition by the photographer Salvo Toscano who is also taking part in an exhibition for us.

Then after all this hard work (ok, so it’s all very enjoyable) we will be hosting a book launch with The Outcasts at jelly. There are the VIP guests Susan Crawford and the Skein Queen, cake, tea and all are welcome.

Sounds like a very good fourteen days to us.

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Salvo Toscano, Open for Art

We’ve been taking down a show, The Caversham Arts Trail and putting a new one up today at 52 Station Hill as part of the Open for Art project.

Salvo Toscano

Salvo is story teller and use photography as a mean to engage the viewer in a photographic narrative. Wandering and observing happenings in the street, and generally around is fascinating and never repetitive. A picture of people passing by, going about their business, sitting on a bench or waiting for some friend tells a story. Each picture tells a story and capturing the right moment requires patience and perseverance as people move and don’t repeat their gestures.

I met Salvo through the hang-on where he approached me about his current project.
Salvo’s latest portrait project is underway and the main objective is to focus on people that dedicate themselves to activities motivated by a passion, a personal drive (could be volunteers, artists, activists, entrepreneurs etc). This work will be launched during Volunteers Week – details will be posted on Salvo’s website

Reading based Salvo is using this project to explore the people that work within the local community and delve into what possibly is an aspect of Reading that many people are not aware of, and the opportunity for the viewer to engage into a different aspect of Reading people.

Salvo is also taking part in The Whiteknights Studio Trail, which s celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year. Full information on the trail can be found here

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Caversham Art Trail

bowl, Peter Quarmby


Last weekend I managed to squeeze in a short visit to one of the Caversham Arts Trail venues. This time of year always feels like a rush of studio trails, end of year shows, performances etc and almost every day is taken up by visiting a show. I am going to go back this weekend (the last weekend) to squeeze in as much as possible.

The Caversham Arts Trail is also taking part in the Open for Art project with works by some of the artists currently on show in Station Hill venue.

Lots of Cupcakes, Lauren Denney

More information, contact info and maps on the trail can be found here

Venue 1, Caversham Arts Trail

The jelly team will also be at Christchurch Meadows this Saturday for the 21st Children’s Festival, more info can be found here, we will be there from 11am-4pm so come along and say hi.

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Artists for the day

dragonfly sculpture


Dear All
Thank you so much for everyone that helped us last year to change Reading for the day and it’s coming round to that time of year again. We would like to do again what we did last year ~ pictures can be found here

We can’t pay money for your talents but we have a small materials budget and any time you can offer from 1 hr to the whole day would be much appreciated!

Friday 4 June, 11am – 4pm
Town Centre Day, Reading Town Centre

Artist for the day:
We want to create again a town full of artists and artists in the making for the day, it is a hugely ambitious project and we are looking for as many artists/ makers/ writers/ performers as possible to donate some time to help us change the town for the day. You can give 1 hour upwards of you time and we are currently collecting resources to make it happen so any dented paper, materials you no longer need – please please donate for this day project. The activity will be completely free, open to anyone to join in and the jelly team will be volunteering all day to make it happen. We want as many people as possible to be able to draw, paint, make a print, take part, write or create a sculpture.

We are hoping once again that the day will culminate in a mini art exhibition, either in the Town Centre (weather permitting) or in a space donated for the day.

please email me, Suzanne at suzanne@jelly.org.uk if you would like to help/ exhibit/ donate

jelly is an arts organisation in the heart of Reading. Established in 1993 as an artist led studio and exhibition facility, jelly is a registered charity limited by guarantee 1100730, running exhibitions, educational activities, special arts events with the visual arts and creative excellence being top of our agenda.

jelly’s charitable objectives are:

• To promote the development of the arts and in particular the visual arts for the benefit of the local community by providing studio space and facilities for public exhibitions and by organising events which improve public access to the arts

• To advance education by promoting understanding and learning about the creative processes involved in the visual arts

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