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
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
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.