Category Archives: Open for Art

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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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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The last weekend of the Festival

After a weather warning last Friday that the Saturday would be strong winds, lashings of rain and not much fun, the Outside:Inside Festival was moved Inside for the last day, that meant that the jelly element – The River, the outside installation and The Outcasts all had to be rescheduled or rehoused inside somewhere. So the plan was to reschedule the installation and the River at Nuit Blanche and the Outcasts were to roam the cafes in small groups to create the giant blanket.

This in turn ended up to be the festival weekend with the least rain, although it threatened it all day. If you did turn up for The River there was actually an unexpected performance of it and the Outcasts took over Market Place. Salvo Toscano took some fantastic pictures of the day but until I get his permission here’s some from Knitting for Art

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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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Outside:Inside Saturday 14 August

Last weekend, we were down at the riverside at The Oracle with Vicky Vergou. Vicky was working with people who were European with English as a second language and she was speaking to them for a project she has been working on for the past 5 years which involves interviewing the participants. We had a good response that day but need more so if you are interested please contact us at jelly.

Here’s a little snapshot from last weekend, of one of our good friends, DJ Dom down at the Riverside.

http://outsideinsidefestival.com


Last week we were also taking part in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Family Resource Centre UK and we are still recovering from the 300+ children who joined us in a junk sculpting project – thankfully we had very few resources left to carry home.

This weekend is the 3rd weekend of the outside:inside festival, we will be in Bristol and West Arcade running an art market, artists include Bithja Moor, Gerhard Bissell, Ksenija Kronin, Martin Stubbington, Marianne Fowler, David Fairservice, Neile Wright and more, at the far end of the Arcade will be an exhibition of some photos from the recent Reading Festival by Tim Redgrove and over at O’Neills in a co-curating project with Reading’s Amy’s Ghost will be Mirren Kessling in a live art performance. Both art events will be running from 12-6pm.

see you there!
Potato Bicycle by Bithja Moor

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The Sonic Tuck Shop

It’s here and it’s live

You can read about it on Felix’s blog and by the skin of our teeth we got the piece up and installed in time for Eat Reading Live

It was a glorious experience watching the piece being created in the jelly artpad, from popcorn threading, letterpressing and box assembling to actually moving the pieces down the street and watching the passer-bys. There was a sense that a new and extraordinary shop was going to open. Right now it’s just a visual treat from the street, a sound treat via felix’s blog and soon enough it will be a physical in your hands treat when the limited edition 40 books are created.

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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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