sssssshhhh, it’s a silent auction….

Tomorrow night is the launch of our new art programme, The Third Thursdays and the launch event is being kindly supported by Novotel Reading Centre.

The Third Thursday is a monthly event showcasing the creative talent of Reading and includes visual, literary, music and performing arts in non-traditional arts venues and it’s easy to remember as it’s on the Third Thursday of each month

Initially funded from a grant this programme aims to appeal to an audience that may not view the town centre offer after 5pm as being relevant to them. Third Thursdays will start off using single venues each month, but intends to broaden the scope to multiple venues in the late spring of 2011

The launch evening includes an art auction where attendees will have the opportunity to buy original works from some of Jelly’s most established artists, raising monies for charity, whilst sipping a glass of the freshly arrived Beaujolais Nouveau and enjoying some of the best French charcuterie, breads and cheeses.

Artists include Sarah Graham, now signed with major publisher Washington Green. After graduating a first in BA Hons Fine Art, Sarah started her early career as part of the team at jelly and has since become a successful sought out artist with many works in collections worldwide. We are thrilled to have this rare opportunity to sell one of her early pieces as part of the auction

The project is in partnership with Reading UK CIC:

Reading UK CIC is proud to support jelly and Third Thursdays.
“We believe that our cultural life is one of the things that makes Reading great. Our town’s energy and our commitment to the arts are just two of the reasons so many people want to live and work here.

Our town centre businesses are directly involved in Reading’s continued success, funding the Business Improvement District (BID), managed by Reading UK CIC, the economic development company for Reading. The BID funds an ambitious range of projects, all adding value to the town centre – including floral displays, Christmas lighting, extra policing and a cardboard recycling scheme. It has also initiated or partnered some surprising new events – including Eat Reading, Outside:Inside Festival and of course Open For Art, as well as introducing Rguide – the new on-line guide to evenings out in Reading.”

The launch will be raising monies for Launchpad Reading, (formerly Reading Single Homeless Project) who are a registered charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn around their lives and fulfil their full potential.

Launchpad Reading provide supported housing to single people who have a history of homelessness. And, as homelessness rarely comes alone, many are struggling with substance or alcohol misuse, have a history of offending or mental health issues, had a poor start in life or have been affected by a relationship breakdown.

At Launchpad Reading they give people a second chance, challenging and supporting them to make changes in their life

We will be embracing social media during the silent auction, you can follow the feed on Twitter @thejellyReading or place your bids during the event. Event runs 6-8pm

Now for the artwork:

Sarah Graham, Farmyard Geese, original oil on canvas 36cms x 25cms

Sarah Graham Road Trip, original oil on canvas, 100cms x 50cms

Charlotte Hardy, Home, mixed media on canvas 31cms x 31cms

Justine Holt, Three Marrows with Wigwam Acrylic on Gesso Panel 12'' x 11'' framed

Kate Kessling, jelly, cake and buttons, print on Somerset velvet Watercolour paper - edition 6/12, 93cm x 121cm

Kate Kessling, Thirty Six Guineas, printed on aluminium, edition 3/8, 120cm x 180cm

Jo Quinn, Hepplewhite Settee, variable print, edition of 10, Chine Colle

Salvo Toscano, Lion, Darkroom Lith Print, 12 x 16 inches

watch this space, more to be added!

The Third Thursdays
All Arts, All Areas, on the Third Thursday in Reading Town Centre

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