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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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Let Me Ease Your Day

The summer has gone by (well, we think it has but the sky is still blue outside this window) and we have finished our Summer Holiday programme and are now in to our term time activities. Those activities are not the only things that happen around here, the jelly is also host to other groups and activities led by professional artists and makers including The Voice Studio, arjeea21, hang-on artists and the outcasts. With the outcasts, we spent last weekend in London in the Knit Lounge at IKnit London (you may notice the knitting evening class here and the childrens class here too).

We’re still trying to find new homes, a gallery space and a more secure home for us – jelly has been around for 16 years now and was created during a period of economic uncertainty so we are more than equipped to survive and thrive now. So there are no quiet days here at all, between talking to people about potential homes, running classes, working with other artists and arts organisations, promoting the creativity in town and this Sunday you can join us in a project that is on tour from Belfast and then moves on to L.A and Chicago – yes all those places in one sentence.

Let Me Ease Your Day, Belfast

Let Me Ease Your Day, Belfast

The wonderful fibre activist Rockpool Candy appears in the most unusual places, creating pop-up installations and interventions in venues as diverse as swish galleries and very public streets. Her brand of activism leads her to arm-crochet giant bacteria, weave on neolithic looms in orchards and sculpt textile coral reefs.

Let Me Ease Your Day, Belfast

Let Me Ease Your Day, Belfast


With her new fibre movement, Let Me Ease Your Day, she’s encouraging people to reconnect with the textiles in their lives and then gift them on to strangers in random acts of kindness in these cash-strapped times.
On Sunday, she will be working alongside the jelly to take over Market Place, Reading from 11am-3pm and will be welcoming the public to create beanie hats and cushions to then gift them on. Come along and join us, you’ll recognise us sitting on the deckchairs, enjoying meeting new friends and creating a different feeling in town for the day.

See you Sunday

Let Me Ease Your Day, Belfast

Let Me Ease Your Day, Belfast

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