Corset's not too late for Arts WeekBy Sally Bryant
May 23, 2012
Artists and artisans can sign up now to exhibit their work during Reading Arts Week.
Organisers are calling for paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, videos and all other art forms to showcase.
Designers staging two major fashion shows during the festival are also asking for help. They want make-up artists, hair stylists and around 30 models to volunteer to help make their venture a success.
The celebration of all things beautiful will run from Saturday, June 23, to Friday, June 29. Anyone over 16 who lives or works in the area can show their work – you do not have to be a professional artist.
You can submit a maximum of two pieces for a fee of £15 (there is no charge for students on full or part-time courses in the Reading area). There is an application form on the Reading Borough Council website and the deadline is Thursday, May 31.
A two-day public art exhibition at the pentahotel in Oxford Road will launch the big week and there will be events and pop-up exhibitions at venues including Market Place and Caversham Court.
Talented Reading-based designers Lyndsey Clark, who makes couture corsets and occasion wear, and bespoke milliner Adrienne Henry will be setting up runways at the pentahotel and in the beautiful Caversham Court gardens. They are staging ‘high fashion’ clothing and accessory shows on Friday, June 22, and the following Friday – but they need female models, especially those with curves. They are looking for around 30 women ranging from size six to 18 and they especially want to hear from people in the 10 to 18 size range.
Lyndsey said: “Models don’t have to have any previous experience, but they should be over 16 and feel confident in front of a large audience.”
The showstopper on both days will be a stunning ballgown made from old and unwanted bras, which is to be auctioned for the Against Breast Cancer charity. The designers have a collection box in Adrienne's Harris Arcade shop and donated bras are helping traders in Africa put bread on their family tables by selling textiles locally. BCR Global Textiles gives £1,000 to Against Breast Cancer for every 9,000 bras collected.
Anyone who wants to grab their catwalk chance, or help with hair and make-up can contact Lyndsey at email@example.com or call 07913 925 343.
Volunteers are also needed to help organise other Arts Week exhibitions and events. To put your name down or find out more about the festival, go to www.reading.gov.uk/artsweek, facebook.com/rdgartsweek or Twitter at @rdgartsweek or call Chris Brant on (0118) 937 2373.