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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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