What a nice experience to pop over the road from my job at the Royal Berkshire Hospital to the fourth Summer Show of the Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) in the UoR London Road campus. The exhibition features a rich variety of paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and mixed media work from over 50 RGA members, as well as showcasing the final year work of BA Ed Art students from the University of Reading.
The guild promotes the work of both experienced professional artists and amateur beginners so the show really has something for everyone.
The airy exhibition space in Art Building L04 is perfect for showcasing the diverse work of the summer show and the overall impression is light, vibrant and optimistic. It is really refreshing to see such a wide variety of media and plenty of colour, and there are lots of landscapes and local views to enjoy. I particularly liked a lot of the collage pieces, including a selection of pot themes by Hilary Parkinson and some really vibrant abstract pieces by Christine Morgan.
There were also some more subtle and evocative works, such as the nostalgic ceramics by Carole Stephens, and particularly haunting photo collages by talented student Joshua McMillan, whose final show explored expressions of memory and loss.
All of the work is available to purchase if you are really inspired by something, and it’s possible to buy unframed prints, sketches and smaller works at affordable prices.
The Reading Guild of Artists was founded in 1930 and is a diverse group of professional and amateur artists in the Berkshire area. It has a membership of over 150 artists and plays an active role in the development of artists in Reading.
The RGA summer show runs until Sunday 25 June, 10am to 4pm daily and is in the Art Building L04 (just off the London Road), University of Reading, London Road campus, RG1 5AQ. Entry is free.