16th April 2004
'Open Hand Open Space', but Closed
Tris Aver at Open Hand Open Space.
studio and gallery Open Hand Open Space is a valuable part of the
Reading community: holding workshops, exhibitions and educational
projects as well as nurturing talented artists from Reading.
now they are facing closure unless they find new premises.
A group of artists are appealing for a new home after their Victorian
studios off the Oxford Road, Reading, are being closed down.
Open Space was set up by a group of university students in the 1980s
and has nurtured artists such as Cornelia Parker, who was shortlisted
for the 1997 Turner Prize.
houses artists from Reading who are trying to carve out a career for
themselves while also throwing open the studios for educational projects.
is no other studio like it in Reading. It is the last studio standing
following the news that other art studio gallery The Jelly Legg'd
Chicken, based in the Oracle, is also going.
by Arts Council England, South East Arts and Reading Borough Council,
the OHOS building near the Brock Barracks has been deemed unsafe with
an unpayable £540,000 reparation bill.
(Colder Darker Matter) 1997 - Cornelia Parker. Photo courtesy
of Tate Photography
OHOS can't find a new home then supporting and encouraging young talented
artists in Reading will be a thing of the past.
Leanne Narewsky standing before art by fellow OHOS artist Emily
the moment OHOS provides affordable studios for around 13 to 16
artists and runs a regular programme of events, exhibitions and
gallery and studios are committed to promoting visual arts and artists
without a commercial emphasis. The art on display is purely for
the sake of art, not for selling.
include Taking P@rt, an educational scheme developed with Reading
Borough Council and other arts organisations in the area. Artists
undertook workshops in the community that led to two exhibitions in
the Jelly Legg'd Chicken gallery.
artist Daro Montag held a Stalking Nature workshop for Maiden Erlegh
school students in Reading. Pupils explored Daro's methods of making
art using the gallery's location, and pawprints of small pets to create
computer generated prints.
also visit BT employees once a month to run a one hour creativity
workshop, and the studio participates in creating a sensory garden
with Reading Day Opportunities.
seminars and workshops provide ideal opportunities for the public
to gain a greater understanding about contemporary visual art.
artists such as Douglas Gordon and Andy Goldsworthy have also exhibited
went along to the opening of latest exhibition by Brian Haddock and
Mike Picknett called Heliocentricity.
artist Elaine Binns
is as follows: The awesome brutality and immense violence of the sun
is transformed into a melodic, wondrous dance in the work, 'Heliocentricity'.
Using real time footage of events of the sun, captured by SOHO artist
Brian D. Haddock has created a sensuous film that when combined with
the music of Mike Picknett, reveals the true beauty and magnificence
of our parent star.
from Heliocentricity by Brian Haddock and Mike Picknett.
exhibitions planned but that may be cancelled are those of three
Canadian artists, Risa Horiwitz, Marc Mullin and Dianne Bos.
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