Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Summer visitors to the studios

Trying out the artists' sofa!

In Kate Lockhart's studio
More young visitors from Springfield School visited OpenHand OpenSpace's studios in Brock Keep this summer.  They looked at paintings, sculpture and photographs, asked lots of questions about how the art was made, and found out about what it was like to be an artist.  The school is also taking the children on trips to London, so they had fun identifying some of the buildings in Kate Lockhart's paintings. 

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

tree little milk egg book

OHOS is pleased to present this exhibition of recent work by London-based artist Steve Perfect.  His drawings, photographs and books take the viewer on a thoughtful journey through urban "sidelands," making the most of what most of us overlook, and capturing small instances in  time and place.  His drawings are variously poignant, funny, glum, beautiful, puzzling - and altogether enjoyable.  Don't miss them!
Open 11am - 5pm Sat 14 - Sun 15, and Wed 18 - Sat 21 June 2014.
Closing event: Saturday 21 June 2.30 - 4.30pm: all welcome.

Friday, 13 June 2014

New Grounds

Big Boy, by Sarah Britten Jones

Letters from Overseas, by Gill Goodwin

Sand, by Katy Pike
Come and see "New Grounds" at the REME Museum of Technology, Isaac Newton Rd, Arborfield, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9NH.  Work by OHOS and arjeea21 artists responds to the activities of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, and has provided many new insights, and provoked some interesting discussions between artists, soldiers and museum staff.  Many thanks to Jennifer Allison, curator at REME Museum, and to Arts Council England for providing the supporting Grant.  There will be summer art workshops open to all - for details please see  www.rememuseum.org.uk and there is a catalogue with more information about each artist and art work.  For a review by the artist and curator Janet Curley Cannon please see www.artinthegreyzone.com
This summer is a good opportunity for Reading residents to see REME's excellent museum collection while it is nearby, before it moves to Lyneham in Wiltshire in 2015.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Test Pieces

"Test Pieces" was part of OHOS's partnership with the REME Museum of Technology, funded by Arts Council England.  The exhibition at the Keep examined the process of making models, drawings and small-scale sculptures in preparation for making larger work in both science and engineering.  It included examination pieces machined to fine tolerances by REME's apprentices, drawings of motors and other technical equipment, and explorations of artwork by the OHOS and arjeea21 artists commissioned to make work for the "New Grounds" exhibition at Arborfield.  It also showed some work by distinguished sculptor Eric Stanford - see image above of drawings and maquettes carved in stone made in preparation for much larger outdoor sculptures of Diana and Actaeon.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Springfield School visits OHOS studios and gallery

Students and their teachers from Springfield School visited OHOS at Brock Keep during West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios.  They climbed up the tower to see two floors of artists' studios upstairs, talked to the artists and learned about the processes of making art.  They also spent some time in the ground floor gallery studying the exhibition "Hanging Tough" and making their own drawings.  All the year groups will be visiting during May and June in a programme coordinated by OHOS artist Kate Lockhart.