Open for Art dips a toe in Katesgrove

View of Reading from Coley School (Ray Atkins). Image courtesy of (c) Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum)

The 25th annual ‘Open for Art Festival‘ started on 2 July and continues until 8 July. To mark this anniversary there are 25 specially curated stories. Most of the venues are in central Reading but there are a few closer to home or of local interest.

On the Oracle Riverside (venue 11), Katesgrove Primary School have produced a sculpture using some of the Oracle’s waste. ‘Second Time Around’ is a special project involving the school and Jelly artist Yan Chong.

Ray Atkins returned to Reading with an exhibition at the Museum in 2017. The works featured the town during a time of change when the IDR was being built and the Butts Centre (Broad St Mall) was under construction. Some of the paintings included distant views of Katesgrove.

Julie Simmonds, resident artist at Haslams estate agents on Friar Street has produced Reading focussed works inspired by Ray Atkins. Haslams also have one of Ray’s paintings on display on loan from the Reading Foundation for Art collection at Reading Museum. Haslams (venue 26) are hosting a free event on 5 July 6-8pm which is already sold out.

Katesgrove artist Robert Fitzmaurice and local poet Adrian Blamires will discuss and read from ‘Eliza’s Entertainments‘ at Reading Museum (venue 25) on Saturday 7 July 11.30am-12.30pm. The performance will take place next to Queen Elizabeth I’s portrait in the ground floor ‘Story of Reading‘ gallery.

Booking for events is via Eventbrite.

The public art trail in the Jelly programme features 21 works to seek out in the town centre. In New Century Place are John Ravera’s sculptures which hint at Reading’s industrial past, particularly Dymore, Brown & Sons brewery which was nearby on East Street. At the Whitley Pump we would love to learn more about who commissioned these sculptures; please let us know using the comments box below.

  1. Open for Art 2018
  2. Open for Art bookings via Eventbrite
  3. Downloadable map and programme
  4. Katesgrove Primary School
  5. Kit Yan Chong
  6. The paint never dries on Reading
  7. Julie Simmonds
  8. Haslams
  9. Reading Foundation for Art
  10. Reading Museum
  11. Public works of art in Reading
  12. Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group – Dymore Brown