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Things we have been doing lately

May and June are always busy months for jelly and compounded by a number of bank holidays and events in April this has meant we have been slower than usual updating our space here – behind the scenes a web genius is working on a way to make it easier for us but in the meantime, please bear with us.

In short we have been working on outside:festival 2011 (we’re still receiving arts submissions, full details how you can join in can be found here), working on some building things (such as homes and space for us and people we work with), planning workshops, proposing projects, hosting a Third Thursday event on the eve of Good Friday (see the slideshow below to get a taster), receiving a box of materials for a secret project we are planning next year, delivering artists sessions and workshops and not least the fabulous Remix Secret Village Fete – a fundraiser in partnership with Amys Ghost. Check out this artists blog for a snapshot from the village fete.

We’ve made new friends, seen new things, set-up new Open for Art windows, worked on a re-branding programme and felt humbled by all the people who have helped us.  In so many ways we are helped from people carrying and lugging things to connections to people giving up time to take part and donate things – thank you.

The coming months are equally as busy and exciting, this weekend we are visiting the Caversham Artists Studio Trail, The Rising Sun Arts Centre open day and visiting some of our favourite artists, including the Kesslings at the West Berkshire and the Artweeks Open Studios. The week coming is a build up to the Reading Contemporary Art Fair where we will be exhibiting work and running art workshops, plus we will be at Meadow Madness for the opening weekend of the Childrens Festival. Then before you know it, it’s the next Third Thursday – 19 May 5-8pm – in The Walk, King Street where The Whiteknights Studio Trail will be launching their forthcoming Open Studios. May ends with more workshops and art events and we are hoping our new fancy schmancy updating calendar will be fully operating soon.

Below is a flavour of the last Third Thursday, photos taken as always by our resident photographer, Salvo Toscano (you can click each image to get a wider view)

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Farewell to a beautiful shop window

One of our favourite windows in the Open for Art Programme is 27/28 Market Place – it’s quirky, beautiful exterior makes us smile and it really lends itself to showing handmade.

This Friday we are saying goodbye to the works of Jo Quinn and Lisa Marie Gibbs, as we will be installing a new exhibition so you only have a few days to see it in the flesh but if you can’t here is taster:

 

Lisa Marie Gibbs

I am inspired by the mundane, insane, gossip, beauty, love, life and all the other stuff that surrounds us. I work in a diverse way that combines my obsession with drawing, painting, hand – sewing and knitting to create pieces that you can wear or to adorn your home.

I make things that I hope will touch you in some way. I want to make things that become part of your everyday lives, but that in some way still retain those feelings of wonder, when you first saw, bought or were given them however long you have had that piece.

 

 

 

You can find out more about my work by taking a sneaky peek at my website www.patchworkbutterfly.co.uk


 

 

 

 

 

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Design a T-Shirt for outside:inside pop-up festival 2011

Design a T-Shirt for outside:inside 2011

outside:inside festival loves art and creativity! This year the festival will be supporting young and talented artists from the region by running an exclusive design a T-Shirt competition. If you are between 2 and 16, why not grab some pens, paints or crayons and design a T-Shirt with the outside:inside festival in mind.

Simply fill in the form and return it to us at lulu@outsideinsidefestival.com or send it back to: outside:inside T-shirt competition, c/o jelly, 42 Market Place, Reading, RG1 2DE

The entrants will be judged by our expert panel at Jelly arts and you will be able to take a look at some of the best designs on the outside:inside festival website in the summer months. The winner will receive a free T Shirt which will be sold from our outside:inside outlets! All entries must be received by 27th May ~ Good Luck!

Click below to download your entry form which is in two parts,

1 the front is the your contact details

2 the back one holds your design sheet

so both are important.

outside:inside festival is run in partnership with Reading UK CIC

 

 

 

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Lunch and Art in pictures

Last week’s Lunch and Art event, a Third Thursday Partnership event with Reading UK CIC was a huge success. A great atmosphere, a good mix of people, delicious food from picnic and beautiful art by Paul Kessling.
The pictures below by Salvo Toscano, will give you a taste of the story:

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Next Third Thursday event will be Thursday 17 February, Kings Walk Reading which will play host to the Caversham Artists

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Lunch and Art

Paul kessling, jelly studios, photograph by Salvo Toscano at Nuit Blanche

Third Thursdays, a working partnership between Reading UK CIC and jelly

Lunch and Art, 20 January 2011

In a change to the usual format jelly will be hosting a lunchtime art event from 12 noon until 2pm.

The Lunch & Art event will be hosted in Upper Floor Offices at 42 Market Place where jelly artist in residence Paul Kessling has been working on a series of large abstract oil paintings which link his love of landscape and a fascination for structure – ‘ I wanted to construct my paintings, working in bands of colour, like building blocks, starting at the bottom and painting my way up – letting the colour mix and flow downwards – it’s a technique derived from watercolour painting, once you’ve started there’s no stopping or going back’.

The event will be an informal opportunity to take a break from work or play, bring along your lunch, hear Paul talk about his paintings and see a quick demonstration of how the works are made. The Third Thursday team will be on hand, serving hot drinks and some cakes and soft refreshments will be available too.

Paul Kessling has been involved with jelly since 2000. Born in 1965, Paul first studied at Goldsmiths College for a Fine Arts Foundation Course, then on to take a Degree in Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art.  After leaving Wimbledon, Paul went to the Royal College of Art for his Masters Degree, where he studied with and subsequently worked for Sir Eduardo Paolozzi.

Paul is an accomplished artist with works in many private collections and he has carried out both private and corporate commissions in the UK and abroad.

The Third Thursdays

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

Paul Kessling

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Artist in Residence

Thank you for everyone that came last week, for the first ever Third Thursday, it was a fab evening of music, art, food, good company and we raised monies for Launchpad. Please make sure you keep Thursday December 16th in your diary for the next event which is a literary/ story event of poetry, photography, stories and histories all served up with mulled wine, mince pies and more in Town Hall Square and Blandy & Blandys. … photos to follow

We followed up the Third Thursday by installing a new shop window on Friday 19th Nov at 27/28 Market Place, the work of Susan Clark and Jo Quinn, then creating lanterns with over 150 children (yes, we were amazed too until we counted how many glowsticks we had left!) on Saturday before we led a number of them through the streets, singing and ending up in St Mary’s churchyard. It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

And whilst all this public activity is going on, Paul Kessling has been artist in residence up in jelly ArtPad, creating a series of new works. Here is a short time lapse film on how he creates them. Join us on Thursday 20 January (The Third Thursday) at lunchtime, bring along your lunch and enjoy a lunchtime talk and demonstration by Paul on how the works are created.

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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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Nuit Blanche

Counting down to Nuit Blanche.
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.

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 supported by Reading UK CIC and Reading Borough Council. New events will be added as people join in, so keep checking back to www.nuitblanchereading.org.uk and prepare to become cultural night owls.

A taster of the evening includes:

Sunset Walk, Restoration Centre, Dawlish Road, Whitley, Friday 15th October, Meet from 5.15pm, leaving 5.40pm


Join the sunset walk, with artist Jo Thomas from The Restoration Centre to the Water Meadows in Whitley (20 minute walk) to watch the sunset at 6.11pm. During the experience you will encounter the instruments and artifacts that artist Jo Thomas has created in the previous two months. After the sunset walk, a narrow boat will take you into Reading Town Centre where you can experience other events taking place as part of Nuit Blanche

Diamond necklace Affair, Mirren Kessling

Toile de Joi, Friday 15 October 6.00 -12.00, 173 Friar Street
Special creation by Mirren Kessling: “Toile de Joi” 15 Oct 6-12pm. Work will be shown there until 31 Oct. Gallery 3 is part of the Whitley Arts Festival and this year is being curated by jelly’s Open for Art Project, funded by Reading UK CIC. There will be no public access to the space.

Lit Forest, Friday 15 October 6 – 10pm, Market Place, Reading
The Lit Forest will be a light installation in Market Place; supported by Blachere Illumination (UK) Ltd
Blachere are the provider of the town centre festive lighting displays, funded by Reading UK CIC through the Business Improvement District. Blachere is supporting a drawing activity being delivered by the jelly team where participants will be invited to create their own light design

photgraphy by Salvo Toscano

Night Photographers, The Artpad, 3rd Floor, 42 Market Place, Reading 6 – 8.30pm A special photo studio where photographer, Salvo Toscano, will be photographing 100 visitors to the Nuit Blanche event using a medium format camera and roll film. Salvo will then lead one of the artists talks around Reading at 8.50, bring your camera along and join in. Any photos taken that night can be added to the Nuit Blanche Reading flickr group.

The Artpad 3rd floor, 42 Market Place Fri 15 Oct 6-12pm An evening of creativity up at jelly’s artpad, including spoken word workshops, knitters knitting night caps, sound workshops, projections, a creative space. Art walks will leave the artpad at 6.50pm, 8.50pm and 10.50pm. Pop up for an update on what’s happening and where. Please note there is limited access to the space

Hereabouts Fri 15 Oct, 6.30 – 9pm, Reading Town Hall. Projections and interventions by Jo Thomas as part of her Hereabouts exhibition, WAF’s major art commission for 2010

St Marys Project
, Friday 15th October 9.00pm – 10.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Reading Town Centre


In its second year Chris Lambert (MFZ Productions) and visual projectionist Porij re-vision the iconic St Mary’s Church and its surroundings with music and visuals that challenge and illuminate the historic building. The project is curated by Whitley Arts Festival, supported by the Open for Art Project

Parcel Fever, From 6pm 15 October until 5am 16 October
, Event takes place on the ground floor of the Keep, 571 Oxford Road, Tilehurst, Reading RG30 1H
An art exhibition celebrating the anticipation and enjoyment of unwrapping parcels. Instead of the usual procedure where submitted work is unwrapped and installed beforehand, the whole process will be enjoyed by all. The evening/night is likely to consist of artists and visitors hanging out together, unwrapping art, setting it up, looking at it, playing with it, eating and drinking, trying to keep warm and not to go to sleep!

The Dawn Chorus, Sunrise Market Place/ Forbury Gardens

See in the sunrise by joining the dawn chorus.
The Retreat Singers are absorbing guest singers for the Dawn Chorus @ Reading Nuit Blanche. Rehearsals at the Jelly for two weeks, culminating in a dawn chorus, 6am on Saturday 16 October

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Outside:Inside Festival Saturday August 21st

Last week, we were in Market Place. The music was great, starting with Dolly and the Clothespegs, you can look here for a little snippet. It rained mammoth rain so unfortunately The Gherkin riders got a little wet but the streets were full of people listening to music and wandering around to see what else was happening.

Gherkin Fish Bike - before the rains

There was an art market, down the Bristol and West Arcade (thankfully sheltered from the rain) – thank you to all the artists that took part – it was a great day to spend with you all – Bithja Moor, Clemens Stiegleder, David Fairservice, Fabrizio Bicetti, Gerhard Bissell, Ksenija Kronin, Marianne Fowler, Martin Stubbington, Neile Wright and Sue Carson. Links to most of the artists web pages can be found here. We had varying feedback from visitors, some thinking the artists should have more prominent spaces (although we were thankful for cover) and also requests that this should happen more often.

The Art Market

The third element of the art this last weekend was a live art drawing by Mirren Kessling.

Mirren Kessling in action

Here’s a short video of Mirren interviewing the wonderous Amy of Amys Ghost

See you this coming Saturday for art inerventions by Alison Friday, The Outcasts and The River.

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The end of one era

Happy New Year to all our jelly friends.

2010 is the start of a new decade and also will see a different year for jelly. We will no longer have a town centre home from 1 March and sadly that means that some of the services we provide will no longer be available until we find a new home.

We will still be working to develop the organisation, work with other Reading art groups and individuals and deliver town centre exhibitions and events. We want to thank you for your support over the past 16 years and look forward to it continuing. Watch this space for details of what we are up to – we have a lot planned.

In the meantime, below is a letter sent to the lead arts officers and councilors at the beginning of December 09, asking what was their vision for the future of Reading, please feel free to leave a comment here if you have anything you would like to add. There have been no responses to this email yet.

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Dear All

This is an end-of-year email to update you on where things currently stand regarding the re-homing Jelly and Open for Art.

Re-homing Jelly

Unfortunately, despite all our considerable efforts, as a result of the enforced departure from the space we have been utilising at The Old Town Hall there is no home for Jelly to go to, nor the other organisations that currently work with Jelly in the space – the Voice Studio, hang-on, arjeea21 and The Outcasts. This means that Jelly will no longer be able to offer the current busy and diverse programme of activities in one town centre location, including popular workshops for children and adults and support to up-and-coming young artists.

Since we were given the news in August that we would have to leave, I have been continually looking for a place to re-house Jelly, the work we do and the other organisations we work with. We have a creative community who all value the space and can grow and deliver from it.

The biggest problem we face is finding appropriate space that is affordable, combined with the uncertainty of funding which means that it is difficult for us to be able to plan for the future and work out exactly what programme we can deliver.

The value of what Jelly delivers is undoubtedly more than any oversimplified perception as solely a provider of art workshops. Rather, we have received recognition nationally and internationally, with our heart and soul still embedded in Reading. Jelly is also:

• helping other organisations grow

• running networks (both in the real world and online)

• creating and developing a community through its extensive mailing list of artists and delivering artists’ training

• working with TVU and the University of Reading

• developing new initiatives across the town.

Jelly is passionate about the Arts. We believe that a town with the status and confidence of Reading must have, and actively support, a creative community as part of its soul. However the future for Jelly without a central hub is destabalising, and the outlook for us alongside other vulnerable arts organisations in this town is bleak.

This does not bode well for arts and culture in a town like ours. We are staring in the face a future with no artists’ studios, when the Barracks eventually go, with the loss of the Jelly space no central focus, and no affordable space for artists/groups to emerge and meet. In spite of this feeling of uncertainty, should we just stop now?

Open for Art

In the face of this Jelly has been working on. We have recently collaborated with Reading UK CIC to create Open for Art. You may have already have heard about this via the e-news and hang-on mailing, but as a reminder:

Open for Art is a partnership project between jelly and Reading UK CIC, utilising Reading’s empty shop windows with art from Reading based artists. This follows a successful pilot project in June 2009 creating pop-up galleries in Reading. Working with the landlords and agents of Reading we will be using temporary spaces, creating a visual profile for the arts and showing Reading’s individuality as a town

• There are three more units in the pipeline

• The front window of Friars Walk will be housing final-year student work from the University of Reading Fine Art department

• Higgs Printers shop (as was) on Station Hill will house a piece by a current Open Hand Open Space Studio Member

• Suntan Clinic (as was) on Butter Market will hopefully have work in from January 2010 by artists from Reading Guild of Artists to coincide with their exhibition at the Museum.

• I have also been talking to Sony about showing the films commissioned by the Reading Experimental Film Festival on a loop, they are saying maybe after Christmas.

We have been getting a great response from people and below is a taster of the email feedback I have had received recently.

My question for you all is what is the future for the arts in Reading? And who will provide active support? We need to open up the debate about how arts organisations can emerge and thrive, and how the council and others can support them to enable them to develop and help build Reading’s reputation as a cultural, creative, artistic place.

I sincerely hope that we can begin the new year with renewed vigour, and find ways to work together to make this happen.

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Please feel free to leave your viewpoint in the comments below

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