AIRwaves –

Today, Tuesday 23 April, was the third edition of AIRwaves, a new monthly radio programme that includes interviews and information of what is happening in and around the Arts in Reading. You can listen to the show at blast1386.  AIRwaves is a section of Eddie Winship’s Community Matters programme slot.

This weeks guests in the warm studio were:

Karen Hollis – Karen is one of the exhibitors at this weekends Reading Contemporary Art Fair. Karen will be exhibiting a selection of originals and prints for sale and was talking about her experiences as an artist and exhibiting at art fairs. Karen studied graphic design and has only in the last few years found the time to continue with her passion for painting. Karen also talked about the experience of being at an art fair, getting feedback on your work (generally always lovely) and what a great experience at Reading Contemporary Art Fair.

Karen’s song choice:  Laura Mvula,  Green Garden


Karen Hollis at work in her studio

Karen Hollis at work in her studio

Reading Contemporary Art Fair (27-28 April), over 80 artists in one venue, 10am-5pm, tickets £7 on the door/ £5 concessions

Lisa-Marie Gibbs, artist and also from Art Junction came along to the studio to talk about The Yellow Suitcase project. Here is an extract from what she said:


The Yellow Suitcase project

Sharing the health

We all have a common dream and shared hope that people suffering with mental health issues, have the right information, help and support, they need to make the most informed decisions about managing their mental health.

The Yellow Suitcase project is a very simple idea, it’s to deliver the suitcase to places of work in and around Reading brimming with information with regards to issues surrounding mental health, so that the conversations start. More often than not one of the most difficult things about having a mental health problem is talking about it, in fear of stigma and discrimination in the workplace. We hope for change! We know that talking can help people stay connected when they need it most, breakdown stereotypes, aid recovery and bring about change by banishing taboos concerning mental health issues.

The yellow suitcase is full of information which include advocacy, crisis management, help and support services, alternative therapies, treatments, legal advice and information for managers and HR about supporting employees with mental health issues.

 There are simple measures that can be put in place to enable people to stay in employment when they become unwell.

The Yellow Suitcase project has been founded by a group of people who live, survive and are in recovery from mental health issues. We all have direct experience of facing and managing our illness within the work place, the stigma faced and the lack of knowledge experienced in providing best practise for all involved. With greater knowledge, comes greater understanding which in turn brings about change.

Lisa-Marie and her amazing crew of artists from Art Junction are fundraising this project starting with a walk up Snowdon. To find out more about the project follow the blog at, to find out more about Lisa-Marie and her work, visit her website (and she will be at the art fair too)

Lisa’s song choice:  Ian Brown,  F.E.A.R

Eddie had been let out of the studio previously to pop along to Progress Theatre’s Little Shop of Horrors. He came back with a  recorded interview from cast members – tickets are selling fast and the last two nights are already sold out. Full details available here:

Alexandra Dewis from Alexandra Vintage was also in the studio talking about her vintage pop-up studio, style choices, choosing vintage, her favourite outfit, Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling and more. The Vintage Studio is open Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6pm and the first Saturday of each month 12-4pm. There was even a promise to style Eddie for his forthcoming Bluegrass Festival in two weeks time and Suzanne.

Aexandra’s song choice:  Rodrigo y Gabriela, Stairway to Heaven

AIRwaves, Alexandra Dewis, Karen Hollis and Lisa-Marie Gibbs

AIRwaves, Alexandra Dewis, Karen Hollis and Lisa-Marie Gibbs

Thanks to all our lovely studio guests, see you next month for AIRwaves, edition 4.

That was a full hour …

plus reminders of:

  • Aunt Elsie’s Spring Fling, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th May 10am-6pm,
  • The fourth Caversham Arts Trail will be held on 11–12th and 17–19th  May 2013. Admission is free and all venues are open from 11am–5pm. More info
  • “paste it, don’t bin it” part 1, workshop at Open Hand Studios, 571 Oxford Road. A workshop on how to take old art works and create new ones, booking essential and there is a fee of £12. Email
  • launch event for Reading Fringe Festival 2013, this Thursday 6.30pm at Shehnai, London Street, Reading.
  • update on the “Are you Listening?” Festival – a one day multi venue music festival aiming to raise money for Reading Mencap, tickets are £10 and more info available here on
  • open studios 2013, celebrating it’s 25th year with 102 artists taking part, full information can be found at


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