Reading Arts Week to showcase town's talentBy Linda Fort
June 21, 2010
Art indoors and out will be on display this week to show off the work of the town’s artists in Reading Arts Week.
People taking arts courses in Reading and artists in the town will put their work on display – everything from pottery, sculpture and ceramics, to stained glass, jewellery, fashion, textiles and photography.
The week-long festival has been organised by Reading Borough Council and its libraries along with New Directions, Reading Resource Centre, Open Mind Art and the Reading Informal Adult Learning Network.
The week starts on Monday with an exhibition in the Forbury Gardens bandstand from 11am to 3.30pm.
Also starting on Monday and running to Friday, a section of paintings and ceramics in an Art in the Library Show will be on display at Battle Library in Oxford Road.
Caroline Quin will also be running a book illustration workshop at the library on Monday from 1pm to 3pm, where Noelle Schrieber has organised a free watercolour workshop on Friday, June 25, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
Tuesday will see the start of an exhibition of the work of the members at Reading Resource Centre in Waylen Street with paintings, craft, jewellery, sculpture, cards and gifts on sale from 2pm to 4.30pm each day until Saturday, June 26, when the doors will open from 10am until 3pm.
Caversham Court Gardens will play host to the Big Art Picnic on Wednesday from noon to 8pm – a free family day of visual arts, live performances, displays and pottery, textiles and stained glass demonstrations.
Performances throughout the day will include Bollywood and street dance, choirs from Battle Primary School and Shiplake, Bee Varga’s hoop dance, a scene from the Wizard of Oz performed by a group with disabilities and Scrapple, a guitar and vocal duo.
Rock band Oil on Canvas will headline the Big Art Picnic at 7pm. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
The gazebo will become an art gallery for the day.
In Coley Park Community Centre on Thursday, June 24, Marie Douse-Moody will run a jewellery making workshop from 1pm to 3pm.
And on Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, the New Directions centre in School Lane, Caversham – next to Waitrose car park – will have an art show displaying 160 works of art by adult learners and local artists.
The free exhibition will be on between 10.30am and 5pm each day and workshops on Chinese brush painting, keeping an art journal, beaded jewellery, machine embroidery and quilting will run through the weekend.
Lead councillor for education and culture Mark Ralph said: “There will be a fine selection of work from local artists and artisans – something for everyone.
“Whether people want to admire the work of others, have a go themselves or just go shopping, there will be plenty to choose from.”