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Open for Art


On Friday the first venue for Open for Art was installed – you can find more info on each project and each individual artist right here.

Installation created quite a stir as people were wondering what was happening at 173 Friar Street with an exhibition curated by Caversham artist, Bithja Moor entitled Peepshow, I think they may have thought it was something else….

Peep shows, also known as peep box or raree show (“rarity show”) trace back to ancient times and are known in various cultures. A peep show could be a wooden box with a hole or several holes, containing a set of pictures. The boxes were often decorated inside to resemble theatrical scenes.

In this installation all the family can peep through little spy holes and discover thought-provoking insights and secret worlds created by arjeea21, a group of artists based in Reading.

Three more venues will be installed in the next few weeks and we will be updating information on the website to let you know where to find the pieces.

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. For further information on other Open for Art spaces please visit http://www.jelly.org.uk

This project is being supported by Cream Design, Fryer Holt, Brook Henderson, Hicks Baker and Sackville Developments (Reading) Ltd and a thank you to Ksenija Krotin, Kira Moffat and Bithja Moor for the use of the photos.

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Delivering artwork and the many things that are happening

Yesterday we were delivering some of the artworks back from the art fair including the works of Natasha and Misha Zavialov and Kate Lockhart and Jon Lockhart. We got round to talking about deadlines and how you work on a body of work for a show. For all of the artists The Affordable Art Fair creates a pressure point when they have to have new works to show with jelly but this isn’t all they are doing and in the pressured financial times, they are all working as they always have done on multi projects.

Tonight Jon Lockhart is presenting a Networking Event as part of the arc programme at South Hill Park, Bracknell from 5.30-7.30pm tonight. The event is free and details are available on 01344 416240. The discussion is framed around a project that Jon Lockhart is involved in and visitors will have a chance to ask a wide range of questions from the conceptual framework of the project to issues relating to funding and collaboration.

There are also two events in Reading tonight, the first is at Gallery 10 which is 10 Gun Street. This is a temporary space hosting a series of exhibitions by artists, curated by themselves. The building is being loaned to the artists by the kindly landlords of The Purple Turtle and is being looked after by Zoe Funge Smith (Rogues Gallery) and Suzanne Stallard (jelly Gallery). Altered Images is a show of four artists: Robyn Appleton, Jo Derczynska, Tina Jenkins and Anna Mitchell. The show is open daily, Mon-Sat 11am-6pm; Sun 11am-4pm, and continues until 16 November at Gallery 10 in Gun Street. Tonight is a special evening where you can meet the artists from 6-9pm.

Gallery 10, Gun Street

Gallery 10, Gun Street


Also this evening is the next arjeea21 meeting at the Jelly from 7.30pm.

arjeea21 is a new group for contemporary artists who wish to experiment with ideas, media and innovative working practices. It provides a regular forum for informal discussion and constructive criticism of work in progress, and organises exhibitions suitable for all media, including photography, video, 3D, printmaking, performance, installation, painting, drawing, textiles and conceptual work.
arjeea21 is based in Reading, UK but welcomes national and international connections and opportunities.

The main focus of the meeting will be the upcoming exhibition, Compilation, in December at Gallery 10.

Who said there was never anything happening in Reading? It wasn’t us.

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