Art Opportunities

Update 7 April 2011

Open Call for Artists Submissions for outside:inside pop-up Festival

outside:inside is more innovative than ever before. In a bid to keep on pushing the boundaries of music and art as we know it, the event will be taking on the challenge of becoming the UK’s first ever pop-up festival.

This new pop-up status will delight and surprise as events literally ‘pop-up’ all over town with its landscape transformed by the opening of previously undiscovered areas, with more diverse buildings, top local, national and international talent, and eclectic cuisine.  Pop-up venues, art galleries, cinemas, theatres and restaurants will spring out from courtyards, closed shops, empty office spaces, churches, bars, venues, and open green spaces across the month of July.

outside:inside festival is a project in its 4th year linking live music and Reading based arts organisations together for a month long city centre festival 9th-30th July 2011.

outside:inside 2011 promises to be the biggest and best yet, with some huge attention grabbing headliners already confirmed.

outside:inside pop-up festival 2011 is now seeking proposals from emerging artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in the pop-up exhibitions, shops and installations in partnership with jelly and the Open for Art project.

They are currently a number of shops available for either shop window based pieces or installations within the spaces and opportunities include producing illuminated works, works in digital media as well as installation, sculpture and two-dimensional work.

Some of the spaces will operate through the festival as performance spaces and we welcome proposals for artists in any medium who would be interested in working with the programmed bands.

For a full list of potential sites please email suzanne

Deadline for submission is Friday May 20th.

Submission is by filling in the online submission form (downloadable here) and submitting to

Artists information can be downloaded here

Artists benefits:

  • There is no fee available for artists however there is a small budget available to reimburse travel costs and a proportion of costs related to the piece and installation. This will shared between all artists.
  • The opportunity to take part in the UK’s first ever pop-up festival with a large audience throughout the festival period
  • Working alongside jelly and outside:inside team installing works and working the spaces, with learning opportunities
  • Professional networking opportunities
  • Inclusion in the website of the festival and jelly
  • There is an opportunity for the use of some space to create the work prior to the festival in the form of some short term residencies in the town centre
  • Possibility to submit pieces for sale through artists pop-up retails shop.

Update 5 April 2011

Take Part in Reading Arts Week

Once again submissions are being accepted from learners/local artists work for this years Reading Arts Week!

The week long festival is organised by New Directions, Reading Borough Council, Jelly and the Reading Informal Adult Learning Network.

We welcome painting, sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery and digital art including video.

All submitted work will be exhibited at the Reading Arts Week Weekend Exhibition at Penta Hotel Reading and a selection of work will be exhibited at preview events in Broad Street, The Forbury and Caversham Court Gardens.

Complete the attached Individual submission form and email/post. (Also available on website/ FB/Twitter).

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Wednesday 1 June 2011.

New Directions on facebook:

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New DIrections website:

Update 23 September 2010

The Art Fair for Artists and Galleries


We are delighted to announce stand bookings are now being taken for the next Reading Contemporary Art Fair.

The second Reading Contemporary Art Fair will be held on 13th – 15th May 2011 at Rivermead Leisure Complex in Reading.

This is the link to exhibitor details:


If link doesn’t open copy and paste to web browser

In the link you will find:
Exhibitor Information Pack including stand prices
Booking form
Stand Layout
Terms & Conditions

We would suggest printing off the contents of the link.
An early response will secure your first choice of stand.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for next year’s event.
If you have not exhibited with us before please email examples of your work prior to making a booking.
Please call us with any queries.

We look forward to hearing from you and to seeing you at Windsor in November.

With best regards
Sarah McAllister and Deborah James
Fair Organisers


Update 18 September 2010

Caversham Arts Trail

The Caversham Artists Autumn show is taking place in Mays Barn, a historic 17th century barn building tucked away behind 234 Peppard Road, Emmer Green, RG4 8UA (Next to the Seat garage).  Please come and visit us on 18 & 19 September Saturday between 11-6pm and Sunday 12-6pm.

This diverse exhibition focuses on the work of ten Caversham Artists members with hand dyed and woven silk scarves by Gloria Pitt, delicate slip cast ceramics by Lauren Denney, Photography by Joanne de Nobriga, as well as Paintings inspired by driftwood by Julie Simmonds. The barn also houses energetic lift drawings by Charles Burns, vintage decoupaged furniture by Louise Spires of Kitsch-En-Sync, pastel portraits by Mary Phelan, graceful wooden platters and bowls by Peter Quarmby and contemporary silver jewellery by Matthew Hitch.  Outside in the grounds of the barn you can enjoy some of Roger Smalley’s elegant stone sculptures .

Please come and enjoy the work on show which is also for sale. There will be light refreshments being served throughout the weekend. There is more information on the website .

1920’s Tea Dance – Rising Sun Arts Centre

If you fancy a good vintage knees-up, The Rising Sun Arts Centre is the place to come.
Sunday September 19th, Lindy Hop dance class at 2pm – 3pm, 1920’s Tea Dance from 3pm – 6pm
Live vintage music from Lawrie Wright & the Silver Heels
Homemade cakes and tea served in vintage style, as much as you like!  There is sure to be lots of good suprises too, so come along and find out.  It’s the bee’s knees!
Poster attached.  30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST


Festival information
Venue: South Hill Park, Bracknell, RG12 7PA. UK
Box Office: Tel 01344 484123
Sound:Site – Sonic Arts Festival
Date: Saturday 2nd October
Time: 10.00-5.30pm / 7.00pm evening concert
Tickets: £26.00 / £18.00 (students/membs)
Box Office: 01344 484123

Talks and demonstrations exploring the Internet as a destination for making and showing artwork, for sharing sounds, bringing communities together, and curating sonic experiences. Sound:Site brings together a set of exciting projects from in and around the Sound Art community, framing contemporary practice and emerging online/offline possibilities. Further information as attached or via Martin Franklin 01344 416261 | |
Web: and
This event is generously supported by Sonic Art Research Unit, Oxford Brookes University
For podcasts previewing some of the ideas and sounds which will attend this event, please see the Gene Pool podcast page and check out the recent recordings we have been making!

The Reading Art

The third annual Reading Art Exhibition and Sale organised by the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh will take place this year over the weekend 8th to 10th October, 2010 info as attached). more info on the website

Nuit Blanche, 15th/16th October 2010.

Nuit Blanche is an exciting “cultural all-nighter” presenting contemporary art events from dusk to dawn.  It enlivens cities all round the world such as Paris, Berlin and Toronto, and 2010 is the debut for Reading.  This first year will be a small* but magical series of indoor and outdoor events on the night of 15/16 October, and with your help it will grow into a more spectacular festival next year.
The Nuit Blanche Reading website will list the program organised by partners OpenHand OpenSpace, jelly, Whitley Arts Festival, Rising Sun Arts Centre and arjeea21, with activities in the Town Centre, Whitley,
and the Keep on Oxford Road.  New events will be added as people join in, so keep checking back to

Attached is a call for artists to take part in Parcel Fever, a one night exhibition event at OpenHand OpenSpace on the night of 15/16 October as part of Nuit Blanche Reading 2010.
It’s not absolutely necessary to be present in person on the night, although we hope a good crowd will attend. Even if you can’t come for the whole time please do drop in for a bit and participate if possible. Parcel Fever, 7pm – 6am, will be preceded by a short Big Draw event called Night Monsters, 5-7pm, also at the Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Reading, RG30 1HL.. All are welcome to that too. From 6am on Saturday morning we will make our way into Reading town centre to meet other artists and participants at Forbury Gardens for a Dawn Chorus and breakfast.
The brief can be interpreted imaginatively – you could propose something simple, complex, small, large, informal, formal, edible, starting materials with instructions, highly finished, stationary, mobile, startling, favourite, hideous, endearing …the possibilities are endless. We aim to use the ground floor of the Keep for installing the surprises. You can see some images of the space at under the tabs “pictures from an exhibition..”.  An entry contribution of £3 per work is requested to help cover heating, lighting and hot drinks.)

Whitley Arts Festival:

Whitley Arts Festival this year is shaping up really well and more info on the highlights will be available soon but in the mean time, there are two opportunities to get involved in…..(see flyers attached) for info if you want to take part in either   Fuzzy is OK, Takeaway Gallery, 15th – 30th October or  Art Sale – What The Butler Saw, 21st – 24th October

Reading Voices: 3rd Thursdays

A new programme of monthly art events will be launched in November and artists are invited to submit work for selection for the launch night. The events will be a diverse programme of visual/ literary/music and performing arts in non-traditional arts venues such as hotel foyers, audio equipment show rooms, restaurants, cafes, department stores, office building lobbies etc. developed from the Open for Art programme (a partnership between jelly and Reading UK CIC). 3rd Thursday: Reading Voices launch in partnership with Novotel, with a Beaujolais Nouveau art auction evening on 18 November and artists are asked to submit works for selection for the auction. 15% of the sales will be for charity with all other monies straight to the artist. If you would like to take part or be a guest please contact for more details

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