News from jelly studios and more…

It has felt so long since we have been here updating the website but that is because there are many good things to do and see. This weekend we have been out and about visiting Henley Arts Trail, next weekend is Caversham Arts Trail (more about this further down this page) and soon we will be able to announce a Reading Town Centre Arts Trail for this summer.

May is also Reading Childrens Festival which is celebrating its 25th birthday and we will be there on Saturday 10th May creating crowns with children to make them “kings and queens for the day”. We have information available at jelly so pick up a programme when you next pop by.



We are only just getting back on top of things after last weekend at Reading Contemporary Art Fair, we loved the work we were showing, Lisa-Marie Gibbs, Sue Mundy, Julie Simmonds and Jo Firth, it was so very busy, each workshop was absolutely packed. We will be taking part in Windsor Contemporary Art Fair and as in Reading, we will be running a pre booking system for a number of tickets with others available on site 30 minutes before each session. All forthcoming workshops can be found on our eventbrite page here: or by clicking on our calendar on the right hand side of this page.

We are also grateful to artists from Life Drawing sessions for providing images – if you attend life drawing and your images are used to promote a workshop, you will get 15% voucher of your next life drawing evening session booking.

Alexandra, Alexandra Vintage and the jelly studios

Alexandra, Alexandra Vintage and the jelly studios

Much has been happening in the jelly studios, planning underway for the next few months and Sara Davies, one of our studio residents has just taken on a new voluntary part time role at jelly – we are describing it as arts development – it really is about making sure we shout about what all the individual artists at jelly are doing so she will be writing up a weekly review of what’s happening, exhibitions, projects that we are all individually taking part in.

So here is what is happening this week:

Monday 5 May, Yoga at jelly studios, jelly 2, 7-8.30pm

The 90 mins class will be open to all levels and will explore dynamic postures, use of breath and deep relaxation. Hannah combines her training in classical Hatha yoga with her constant study of different yoga styles to create a class which strengthens the body, quietens the mind and grounds our feet. But most of all she really wants is to share some of the wellbeing, peace and happiness that yoga has given her.

Yoga@Jelly will be going ahead this Bank Holiday Monday to get you energised, focused and back into your body after a lovely long weekend!

The class’s focus next week will be the start of two that will bring postures inspired by the moon – drawing us inwards both in body and mind, preparing us for the full moon on the 14th. Hatha in fact means uniting sun “ha” and the moon “tha” – and that is exactly what we are going to do.

The bundle and drop-in prices are as follows or BRING A FRIEND AND GET YOUR CLASS FOR FREE!
Drop-in – £10
5 class bundle – £45
6 class bundles – £50
10 class bundle – £80


yoga at jelly
yoga at jelly

Tuesday 6 May – The Messy Club

A special needs drop-in playgroup for 0-5s, jelly 1, every Tuesday at 10.30am – 12.30pm

There will be messy play and painting, as well as activities, special guests and music. There will also be the all important coffee and cake available!  Come and meet other parents while your children make a mess. Parents, carers, grandparents, siblings – you’re all welcome at The Messy Club. If you’d like some more information or to book a place in advance please call – Luisa 07809709363


Wednesday 7 May, jelly tots art club, jelly 1, tots and big person collaborate on a masterpiece, 10.30-11.30am

Tots go crazy with paint, tissue paper and glue and big person does the fiddley bits. No artist too young! £3 per child under 5. Older siblings are welcome, £4 for 5yrs +

jelly tots


Knit Night, Wednesday 7 May, jelly 1, from 6 until 9pm

Knit night, feel free to turn up when you are free, no need to pre-book –  expect lots of chat and a lovely time. 50p contribution on the night. Plus this week, there is a yarn sale!

Life Drawing, Wednesday 7 May, jelly 2,  from 7 until 9.30pm

An opportunity to dust of your drawing skills or find new ones in a relaxed environment. It is not a taught class, the session is led by Mark (jelly studio resident) who organises a variety of models. The first session is a series of short quick poses, for an hour followed by a refreshment break. From 8.30-9.30 the model normally holds a longer pose although you can feel free to move around the room to draw the same pose from different positions.  There are a limited number of easels available, please bring your own materials. Costs are £8 per session and please let us know if you are coming by emailing:

Please press relevant buzzer and we will welcome you in.  Please note that they are 8 stairs up to the lift but please ask if you need a hand when you buzz through.

Lastly, we wanted to say a few words about:

Caversham Arts Trail

The fifth Caversham Arts Trail will be held on 10–11 May and 17–18 May 2014 with several venues also open on Friday 16 May. Admission is free and all venues are open from 11am–5pm.

To whet the appetite you can see a taster of the event with selected artists’ work on display (and for sale) at the Blue Duck Gallery with an opening preview on Friday 9 May 7-9pm. The Gallery will also be open during the Trail.

This year the Trail is even bigger, taking in 18 venues across Caversham and Emmer Green with 36 artists taking part. Some of the artists are regular exhibitors but there are also 12 new artists and four new venues. Details of all artists can be found on the website where there will be a map of the Trail to download. Much of the Trail is walkable and on local cycle routes.

Work will include a variety of media including ceramics, painting, collage, stained glass, textiles, prints, découpage, jewellery, sculpture and leather. The Trail gives members of the public the opportunity to meet the artists in their own studios, learn about their techniques and buy work directly from them.

Visitors to the Trail will also be able to see demonstrations of weaving, batik, throwing, stained glass and more. Last but not least refreshments (including home-made cake) will be available at some venues.

You can follow the Trail on Facebook and Twitter

 A kickstarter campaign by 6 art students at Reading College

Read more about them here



For more info email us at enquiries (at) jelly (dot) org (dot) uk


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3 Responses to News from jelly studios and more…

  1. Guy Douglas June 13, 2014 at 9:28 am #

    Just fabulous the range of engagement that jelly has going!
    As usual, I am in awe of what you do.
    All the best,

    • jelly June 18, 2014 at 8:50 am #

      thank you!


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