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Suzanne Stallard, UK Handmade and pop-up shops

We’ve been featured in this seasons UK Handmade magazine  – read it here in http://ukhandmade.co.uk/magazine.

It includes a feature on the inspirations behind jelly, Suzanne Stallard, pages 52-54 and a piece in the pop-up shops feature on pages 18-21. Thanks to our resident photographer, Salvo Toscano again for fab shots of what we do.

ps follow UK Handmade and join their campaign to get us all Buying Handmade

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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

We’ve been taking down the Sonic Tuck Shop this week and preparing at the same time for the first weekend of the Outside:Inside Festival


It's the art pieces, that's the bit we can do, so it starts with theatre and performance this week, art interventions week 2, art market week 3 and finally an installation, creation and performance on the final weekend. There will be more updates over at the jelly website particularly on the art.

The festival takes place over four weekends, with seven impressive outdoor arenas. Stages will be popping up across town from Broad Street to The Oracle and Market Place. As well as these innovative free outdoor arenas, smaller more intimate and exclusive venues such as local restaurants and bars have opened their doors to indulge music lovers across all genres.

The festival is led by a group of young, talented and inspired musicians working in partnership with Reading UK CIC. Jack Hepplewhite of Mr Blind Pig sees the festival as a great opportunity for the area, “Reading has one of the most vibrant and diverse communities around and we aim to reflect this in the line-up for this festival. The town is bursting with amazing musicians and its about time this fact was flaunted – by opening up the great outdoor spaces the town has to offer we hope to get locals excited about music in Reading.”

For full details of the programme visis the Festival Website Outside:Inside Festival

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A Big Thank You

setting up

Thank you everyone who came to help and who came to take part last week for the Town Centre Day – it was a very warm day and thanks especially to the hardy souls who helped lug the art materials from one end of Broad Street to the other and then at the end of the day, back again. So here’s the roll call of thanks: Porridge Lady (aka Anna Batchelor), Ingrid Jensen, Martin Stubbington, Shehnoor Ahmed (RISC), Tara Scott, Chris (New Directions), Tim Scott, Lucy Griffin (Reading Museum), Alabama Hall, Louie Hall, Ivy Schneiderman, Isla Reynolds, Maxine Doyle, Ahmed (The Oakford), Pat Lewis, Jasmine Lewis, Conrad Bullow-Weeks and Gillian Stevens.

Without you we wouldn’t have been able to make:
mask making
Animal Masks
paper boats
paper boats

drawn our way down Broad Street

made cardboard castles, taught some people to knit, recycled newspapers into bags and made paper bag puppets.

So once again thank you all

At the end of the day we felt a little like The White Rabbit and The Mad Hatter

in need of a quiet sit down and a cup of tea.

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New beginnings

We have been meaning to write here to keep you updated with what is happening but February came and went with saying goodbye, packing up and moving things to storage… the last pieces of furniture were moved into storage just over a week ago and nearly all the boxes are unpacked in our new home. Like always this is a temporary home but then we remember that jelly started in 1993 in a temporary home and here we are in our 17th year.

Thank you to everyone who sent good wishes, left comments on the blog, twitter, Facebook, came and spoke to us in person and reminded us of all the good things. We really enjoyed our last few days at The Town Hall (even though they were tinged with sadness), we got a chance to make some things with friends, old and new. Thank you.

The best days were the Open House days with jelly team and people popping in and out.

open house at jelly

open house at jelly

The great news is that we have a new office in town, it’s much bigger than your average office and it’s a space that allows us to develop what we ware doing, work with other organisations and individuals and have time to think.  We have this space for a year and we think of it as the Art Pad, it’s the top floor at 42 Market Place and is a large space that all sorts of things will be happening in (we will keep telling you about it here).

Art Pad

Numerous good things have been happening, we got this great space, we have 4 exhibitions happening in town right now, we have a grant to allow us to continue our Open for Art project for a whole year, Suzanne (jelly Director) was invited guest to a meeting with Gordon Brown and Alan Johnson about safer communities and also invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts all on the same day. We have been working this weekend at Blagrave Nursery for their Open Day and we are counting down the days until we are at the inaugural Reading Contemporary Art Fair.

Until we are there, you will be able to find us on Broad Street, Reading running workshops in partnership with the Reading Contemporary Art Fair on Saturday 27 March 12-4, changing over some of the exhibitions and finally getting round to updating the artists info on here.

So it feels like normal service has resumed for us. If you want to take part in the Open for Art project, follow the link. The project is Borough wide.


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Saying goodbye to some good things

Tomorrow is the last day of LOVE IS AWESOME at Gallery 10, 10 Gun Street

Love is Awesome, Gallery 10

Love is Awesome, Gallery 10


We (jelly) along with Zoe Funge Smith (Rogues Gallery) have been guardians of this beautiful space since June 2008 in which time we have had 12 shows with over 100 artists. All the exhibitions were put together by the artists themselves and offered a diverse programme.

knitted boxing gloves by Rachel Matthews

knitted boxing gloves by Rachel Matthews

Exhibitors have included arjeea21 (first show), 2minutes more, Whiteknights Studio Trail, Art Junction, Human Magpies, On Our Watch, Cake, Deep Filled and Love is Awesome (final show)

stamping station for love tokens, Love is Awesome

stamping station for love tokens, Love is Awesome

There will be a new space to fill this gap soon, watch this space for details but we have loved every minute of it and want to thank Danny Fraifield, Greg Muden (Purple Turtle) and Steve Tait for their generosity in giving this space over to the artists in Reading.

Love is Awesome

Love is Awesome

LOVE IS AWESOME, Gallery 10, 10 Gun Street, Reading
Show open 11am – 6pm Friday 27th February,


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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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