A Wander from the Whitley Pump on the Studio Trail

Christchurch in Christchurch Conservation Area

The Whiteknights Studio Trail takes place this weekend, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June. Venues will be open from 11am until 6pm each day and the closest to the Whitley Pump is Christ Church. This wander takes in some venues, artists and exhibits of local interest.

Three artists are exhibiting their work in the church:

Continue along Christchurch Road to the Progress Theatre on the Mount at venue 2. James Birtwistle is showing some of his photographs in the theatre. James is showing a commissioned series of images of Reading Brickwork, some of which you might recognise as being taken not a stone’s throw from the venue.

At Leighton Park School (venue 6), Swainstone Road artist Tom Cartmill is showing his work together with Michael Garaway.

From here, strike out for 2 Talfourd Avenue (venue 19) on the other side of Whiteknights Park. If you time your arrival for 2pm or 5pm on either day you will hear Adrian Blamires reading from Eliza’s Entertainments, a series of twelve poems about the reign of Elizabeth I. A limited edition booklet of the poems is available at the venue illustrated by pen and ink drawings by Katesgrove artist Robert Fitzmaurice. Robert is also exhibiting works inspired by the life of Shakespeare at this venue.

Return to the Whitley Pump by way of some of the other venues on the University campus or up on the hill at Redlands.

Reading University’s department of art and typography degree show is at venue 22 and the publishers Two Rivers Press are at venue 9, 24 New Road.



  1. Whiteknights Studio Trail on Facebook or Twitter
  2. 2016 brochure
  3. Studio trail map
  4. Thirty-six artists share their work
  5. Swainstone Road Artist Tom Cartmill
  6. Katesgrove artist Robert Fitzmaurice and Peter Driver collaborate in Wordup!
  7. Dusk comes to the University of Reading