Every year I seem to see some great art events going on in my home town of Reading, and I often think it would be a great experience to be involved with such a thing but by the time I realise what’s going on it’s far too late to participate! This year, I was collared by the friendly bunch at Jelly Studios well ahead of their next ‘Open for Art’ event, “A three-day Town Centre arts festival to showcase Reading’s hidden talent and creative industries” and I’m really glad they did, they are a top bunch, oozing knowledge, passion and drive. Meeting up to brainstorm ideas has been great fun and I’m sure every artist in Reading would benefit from popping in to say hello.
The event runs from Friday the 3rd to Sunday the 5th of July and with it will land an invasion of local art. Twenty nine venues within Reading town centre have volunteered to host a trail of pieces from local artists on the streets, in shop windows, and in disused buildings. Along with the art trail, there are heritage trails, workshops, and fun events for everyone to participate in throughout the weekend, some of which require booking so it may be a good idea to get in early if you are interested. Open for Art also happens to coincide with Reading Arts Week at the Town Hall which will provide so many opportunities to introduce yourself to the local artistic community, many of whom happen to be extremely talented.
Maps of the locations are available for download in PDF form here, or you can drop in and pick up a hard copy from Jelly’s HQ on Jacksons Corner. Be sure to check their press release and the rest of their website for more information on how you can get involved.
My own installation, thanks to Jack the Landlord, will be at 10 Gun St; an empty unit with a good amount of window space right next door to the infamous Purple Turtle. I will be using the window to present large prints of Reading’s own lost river, the Holy Brook. The location couldn’t be better as the underground culvert carrying the Brook happens to run right underneath it’s garden! I hope to share some interesting views and reveal some of the Brook’s captivating history as it was buried underneath the expanding town.
I won’t reveal too much right now but I’m really happy with the way the project is coming together and can’t wait to see how it turns out.