My inner strength (Belinda Fitzwilliam). Acrylic
Gasometer No.16 (Lynda South). Cyanotype pencil and ink
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.
Reading University’s newly opened school of architecture will be throwing its doors open to the public from Tuesday 20 June until Sunday 25 June for its inaugural end of year show.
University Of Reading
The Friends of the Harris Garden, on Reading University’s Whiteknight Campus, hold regular charity open days. The Whitley Pump‘s Gillie Tunley went to one on 21 May (for Little Owls pre-school) to take some pictures of the garden in its full spring glory.
Our lunchtime walking for softies group took a detour to the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL). We went to have a good look at the Caxton ‘leaf’ that was all around the media last week.
Files not found (Joe O’Donnell)
Immortality (Mei Ting)
Jackson’s mannequin (Jane Burnett)
Stare II (Hannah Jones)
Henry I (Robert Fitzmaurice)
Fragment V (Tom Cartmill)
Art lovers on Katesgrove Hill can leave their cars at home if they want to binge on culture this summer. The local highlight is the Whiteknights studio trail on 10-11 June. Reading University is also hosting several exhibitions over the next few months including the Reading Guild of Artists show on 15-25 June.
The Hugh Sinclair human nutrition group at Reading University are looking for healthy postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 70 to help them study the effect of flax seeds on bone and gut health.
BT are planning roadworks on London Road in front of the University of Reading on 1 April.
There is a mysterious mound of earth just off the beaten paths of the Whiteknights campus that when viewed all way around has the look, air and feel of a Hobbit barrow in the Shires. There is a brick entrance and a lonely shadowy gate that looks like a good habitat for bats and small birds but no other hints of its origin or use.
Reading University Gospel Choir
Children from the Palmer Academy on Northumberland Avenue have been regularly attending lunchtime concerts at Reading University over the last year. It’s clear that the children enjoy these concerts, and after a year of being exposed to a wide variety of music from a capella singing groups to string ensembles, it seemed sensible to get a child’s opinion for a change.
Planning officers from Reading Borough Council (RBC) have recommended that a proposed development of 65 student studios is rejected at next Wednesday’s planning applications committee (PAC).
By Jason Hilbourne.
Reading University Students’ Union (RUSU) is taking part in National Student Volunteering Week from 20 to 26 February, and is on the hunt for community-based volunteering projects or services where a group of keen volunteers could make a real impact.
BT are planning roadworks outside the Reading University on London road until 7 February.
Oi! You! Gimme food!
The old rose garden looking west
The old rose garden looking south
The old rose garden looking north
Beech tree (I think) in winter
The Harris Garden on Reading University’s Whiteknights campus remains open throughout the winter.
Quadrangle at St Patrick’s Hall
Reading University are holding a public exhibition of their new plans to redevelop St Patrick’s Hall on Wednesday 11 January at 6pm. [Note: this exhibition has been postponed].
South Reading Community Centre
Harris garden in Spring
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
Lauren Heath’s funeral cortege
After Dark club
Reading Bowling Club weathervane
RISC ‘stones’ room
Dorset wagon at the MERL
Some years are defined by great songs, some by great personalities, some by great tragedies. This year has been alarming both nationally and internationally, but on the oft-ignored local level, the year was defined by the sound of the tide going out on civic society. The world clearly has bigger problems than the damage wrought by the tortured thrashing of Reading Borough Council as it gets strangled by central government, but one can only be dismayed at the prospect of more of the same next year, exacerbated by the council’s difficulty in controlling its finances.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
BT are planning roadworks on London Road between the junctions with Redlands Road and Sidmouth Street on 26 November.
Drawing specially commissioned from Martin Andrews for the MERL re-opening
The internationally significant Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands road re-opens this week after a multi-million pound refit.