~Jewellery Design Competition~ could you be the next big thing?

Could you be the next big designer at Cartier or Tiffany?  Can you design a piece of jewellery for the future or inspired by the future? If you can now is your chance to do just that and maybe get it made as well!

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of Reading’s oldest independent family run jewellers founding. Jacobs’ 2018 anniversary centres around the ambitious goal of raising £70,000 for the Royal Berkshire Hospital Charity, specifically the Berkshire Cancer Centre in what is also the NHS’s 70th anniversary year.

As part of this goal January sees the launch of an ambitious local arts project. Partnering with Jelly (it’s appropriate that we’re celebrating our Silver Jubilee this year), Jacobs are asking all secondary school students (11-16 year olds) in the Reading and Wokingham area to enter a ‘Junior Jewellery Designer’ competition. Students are being encouraged to submit a design for a silver pendant with a ‘Future’ theme. From the entrants, a shortlisted group will win a place in an exclusive workshop with Jacobs’ goldsmiths and designers; they will learn how to transform their designs in to actual pieces of jewellery as well as earn themselves a Discover Arts Award, which Jacobs are sponsoring as part of the project. The overall winner will be chosen from this group and the winning design will be made into one the ‘Eras of Jewellery’ pieces to be sold for fundraising. Entry forms are available for you to download deadline for entries is 28th February 2018.


Open for Art 2018, 6 – 8 July

Dear artists, makers, designers, explorers, performers, innovators, walkers and talkers

We are planning our fifth Open for Art Festival from Friday 6 July until Sunday 8 July and we want to hear from you. We are looking for all sorts of ideas and there are many ways to be involved from submitting a piece of art work for exhibition, to a performance or workshop and to all kinds of things in between.

This year Jelly is celebrating its Silver Jubilee as well as this being the fifth year of Open for Art and we are looking to showcase the brilliant and outstanding work created in Reading. Last year was a celebration of art and design, from Lucienne Day to Frida Kahlo, we had live music, talks, walks, breakfast, cocktails and workshops for all ages and abilities – for a review of the wonderful things that happened last year, you can download a map here.

This year includes an event where artists will be taking over Broad Street for one day in a new partnership project – more details to be revealed soon.  We would love you to be involved in Open for Art 2018 so we are hosting ‘An Open Call Session’ on Tuesday 30 January at our studios in Broad Street Mall from 1 – 3pm. Feel free to pop along and find out more about how we can support you or how to volunteer. If you are coming, please do let us know so we have enough biscuits.

Once you know how you want to be involved, let us know.
To be considered for the artists trail or if you want to run an event during Open for Art 2018, please send an expression of interest by Wednesday 7 February to suzanne@jelly.org.uk

To volunteer during the event email us by Wednesday 7 February to alexandra@jelly.org.uk so that we know how many of our excellent t-shirts we will need.

Key Dates:
An Open Call Session – Tuesday 30 January, 1 – 3pm. Jelly Studios
Expressions of Interest for Open for Art 2018 – Wednesday 7 February
Open for Art – Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July 2018 

Best wishes
The Open for Art Team
Alexandra, Emma, Kate, Suzanne and all the brilliant volunteers

Autumn term at Jelly

This term sees the return of our popular Jelly Family Art Club which run the third Saturday of each month, along with our regular Knit Night on Wednesdays and Life Drawing classes on Sundays for adults. We also have special events coming up. First up is an exhibition in our ‘Conversation’ gallery space called Words and Stitches which will feature knitted, crochet and fibre arts. In October we have a special children’s event (also taking place globally) on the 7 October called the Cardboard Challenge.


Full information listed below and tickets also available here: www.thejellyreading.eventbrite.co.uk

Hope you can join us!
Emma (Jelly workshop leader)

Life Drawing
adult workshop | every Sunday, 10am | prices from £5 – £10

Friendly untutored life drawing class running every sunday from 10am to 1:30pm. Very welcoming to new members whether a professional artist, student or keen hobbyist. We use a variety of different models that we rotate every week to keep things feeling fresh and interesting. https://lifedrawingsundays.eventbrite.co.uk/

Jelly Tots Play – Pre-school Art Club
suitable for ages 18 months to 5 years | every Wednesday 10.30am to 11.30am (starting 13 Sept) | price: £4

Join us at Jelly’s for a creative colourful morning of craft. This session allows you and your tot to explore and experiment with art materials and techniques such as painting, printing and collage.

Jelly Tots is a pre school art club led by artists and designers, for children from 18 months to up to 5 yrs. With over 20 years combined experience between them and creative skills ranging from fine art to fashion design and textiles to theatre, our fantastic team run a programme of creative workshops that encourage your child (and you) to join in, learn, make, be creative and play together.


Knit Night
Adult workshop | every Wednesday 6.30pm to 8pm | price: free with a 50p recommended donation

A group for knitter and crochets to meet and work on their latest creations. A chance to join in, chat and share knitting ideas. This is not a taught session but there is always helpful knitters around if you are stuck on a pattern or need inspiration.

This knitting group have been meeting since 2003 and hold regular yarn sales. See Facebook page for announcements


Jelly Family Art Club
suitable for 2 years and older | third Saturday of every month, starting 16 September 3pm to 4.30pm | price from £6.00 to £7.50

Join us on the third Saturday of each month in our gallery, artist studios and workshop space within Broad Street Mall for our Jelly Family Art Club with Reading artist and arts educator Julie Calce as we celebrate the art of recycling and collaborative art making.

Every third Saturday you and your child will be encouraged to explore imaginary worlds and characters through a range of changing art themes.

September 16 – fabric mache dolls
October 21 – marionette monsters
November 18 – board game design/making
December 16 – Christmas T-shirt design/making

Julie is a mixed media artists and specialises in working with paper, paper mache and textiles. She loves drawing and is influenced by illustration and nature. Julie is an experienced arts educator and has a fun and playful approach to allow creativity to flourish.

Booking essential as a popular class and we may not be able to accept drop ins on the day. Start time 3pm.


Special Events

Words and Stitches launch night and private view
20 September 6pm to 8pm | price: £3

A display of conversations with knitting.

Join us for a Special Knit Night & Private View of “Words & Stitches” – our first curated exhibition, presenting glimpses into our more intrinsic relationships and conversations with the act of knitting, as well as crochet and other fibre arts. – i.e. an evening with friends, cake, conversation and cavorting with fibre!


Words and Stitches Exhibition (Saturdays & Sundays)
23 & 24 September, 10am – 4pm and 30 Sep & 1 October, 10am – 4pm | price: free

Join us at Jelly for a double-weekend of hand-knitted delights presenting glimpses into our more intrinsic relationships and conversations with the act of knitting, crochet and other fibre arts. This display of working projects and words from the makers reveal techniques and processes as well as deeper connections with everyday life.

For those who also like to be more hands-on we have activities with yarn such as pom-pom making, woolly collage, knitting demonstrations and samples to fondle!

AND… On Saturday 30 September, 11am–12.30pm there will be a free Creative Writing Workshop with Helen Dahlke offering insights into the creative making/thought processes.

Cardboard challenge aka ‘Thinking Beyond the Box’
suitable for 2 years and older | 7 October 9.30am to 4.30pm (1hr 30mins time slots bookable throughout the day) | price from: £6 to £7.50 per child

Come and celebrate children’s creativity and take part in a global cardboard challenge! Discover the amazing power of imagination and have fun making anything from a giraffe to a robot. What will you make? The sky’s the limit!

These workshops have been organised in response to the global cardboard challenge to celebrate creativity in young people. Use the hashtag #cardboardchallenge to find out what others have made across the world. Today’s sessions are hosted by volunteer Jelly artists and funds raised will be used for Jelly’s arts educational programme.

Extra £3 for Cardboard fidget spinner workshop (payable on the day).


Out and about this autumn

As well as our regular Jelly Tots sessions in our studios at Broad Street Mall, we are getting out and about this autumn with plenty of other creative workshops, for all ages, happening across Reading. See below for more information >>

7 and 8 sept 10am to 12pm
Jelly Tots All of a Twist
Turbine House by Bel and the Dragon
Join Jelly Tots for a morning of crafts at the Turbine House 10am to 12pm to celebrate Reading’s unique and unusual spaces for Heritage Open Days. Using the exhibits on display in the ‘All of a Twist’ exhibition we will be using words such as ‘spirals’, ‘twists’ and ‘thermals’ as inspiration to make colourful ‘Wind Spinners’.

Booking has now closed – this workshop has finished.
With thanks to Turbocharged, RG Spaces and Heritage Open Days

9 September 12pm to 5pm
Print a Postcard at Malmaison
As part of Heritage Open Days, we will be at Malmaison Reading helping you to create your own printed postcard from the Worlds reputedly oldest surviving railway hotel. Completed in 1844, and likely to have been designed by Isambard Kingdon Brunel the hotel still celebrates it’s railway heritage through it’s room names to styling. The jelly artists will be on hand from 12-5 on Saturday 9 September for a free family activity, celebrating the heritage of the hotel by creating postcards using letterpress stamps and specially created stamps for the event.

The event is free, all ages welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The activity is drop-in.

Registering your interest for this event helps us prepare materials for the workshop and allows us to keep you up to date for future workshops and events for Jelly and Reading Fringe Festival.

Booking has now closed – this workshop has now finished.
With thanks to Malmaison and Heritage Open Days

9 and 10 September 11.30am to 1.30pm
Reading On Thames Festival – Henry I Portrait of a King
The Oracle Shopping Centre – opposite Super DryCollage, stick, colour and draw, children of all ages are invited to join award winning Jelly and their team of artists to create a mixed media portrait of Henry I. Finished portraits will go on display in the Oracle.

Drop in anytime between 11.30am and 1.30pm. At busy times you may have to wait for a space at the craft table.

This workshop has now finished.

With thanks to Reading on Thames Festival and The Oracle

16 and 17 September (3pm to 5pm Saturday and 1pm to 3pm Sunday)
Christchurch Meadows
Majestic Swans Crowns
Collage, stick, colour and draw, children of all ages are invited to join award winning Jelly and their team of artists to create paper headpieces inspired by the River Thame’s most majestic resident – the swan.

Drop in anytime between 3pm to 5pm on Saturday and 1pm to 3pm on Sunday. At busy times you may have to wait for a space at the craft table.

This is is a special free workshop for Reading On Thames Festival.

Registering for this event helps us prepare art materials for the session.

With thanks to Reading on Thames Festival

Open for Art 2017 – meet our venues

We host an arts trail every year as part of Open for Art, with over 30 venues involved across Reading Town Centre. Each venue proudly hosts a piece of artwork from local artists and its with great pleasure that we highlight these venues to you.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our venue partners, and the artists involved – its with all of you that helps make this event happen so thank you!

Here are the wonderful venues and their chosen artists involved in this year’s artist trail >>

Open for Art HQ (The Oracle, Lower Mall) https://www.theoracle.com/
Mei Ting SzeRhapsody in Orange

Manhattan Coffee Club (The Oracle)
Squirrel InkMa

John Lewis (The Place to Eat) https://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/reading
Julie Simmonds – Morning on Broad Street

John Lewis (Furniture Department) https://www.johnlewis.com/our-shops/reading/john-lewis-reading-store-guide
Rukshi Brownlow – Light Metal

Workhouse Coffee Company http://www.workhousecoffee.co.uk
Helen Westhrop – Coffee Sacks Embroidered

Jacobs the Jewellers https://jacobsthejewellers.com
Sadie Brockbank – Horse with Riders

Nylon https://www.nylonhairartists.co.uk
Julie Simmonds – Reading Series

Electric Hair https://www.electric-hair.com/reading.html
Katie Francis – Made you Look
Suzanne Jones – Comfort Forms

The White Building http://www.thewhitebuilding.co.uk
Salvo Toscano – Selected Works

58 Barber Shop https://www.58barbershop.co.uk
Darren Lyden – The Shield of Desire

Lincoln Coffee House http://lincolncoffeehouse.co.uk
Peter Driver – Complete Equality 1

Frock’n’Roll http://www.frockandroll.com
Alice Coombes – Frida
Vassily Zavialov – Queen Elizabeth II

The Turbine House http://www.readingmuseum.org.uk/your-visit/permanent-galleries/riverside-museum-blakes-lock
The Engine Room – Every Human Heart

Simon Dowling Bespoke http://www.simondowlingbespoke.com
Matthew Potts – Localised Weather, DIY Unicorn

Blandy & Blandy https://www.blandy.co.uk
Kate Lockhart – Henley from Bridge

Forbury Works http://forburyworks.co.uk
Jim Attewell – Timestream 5

Malmaison https://www.malmaison.com/locations/reading/?gclid=CO2Q0Zbc4NQCFcyT7QodKnEDww
Rebecca Swainston – Imaginary Friend with Cat and Bird
Robert Fitzmaurice – Pipeboy

The Biscuit Tin http://redbeancoffee.co.uk/the-biscuit-tin/
Jo Thomas – Roundabouts and Waterways of Reading

Shed http://www.theshedcafe.co.uk
Mark Andrew Webber – Maps

Milk http://www.milkreading.com
Lisa-marie Gibbs – What if, we as humans were left with only our shadows? 

Launchpad http://www.launchpadreading.org.uk
Launchpad Photography Group – selected works 

Takeaway Gallery (Harris Arcade) http://takeaway.eu.com Ross Hale – Bark Beetle monoprints

The Grumpy Goat (Harris Arcade) http://www.thegrumpygoat.co.uk/
Lou Jessop – Frida

Adrienne Henry (Harris Arcade) http://www.adriennehenrymillinery.co.uk
Nina O’Connell – Orkney

Haslams https://haslams.net
Art Scope 

Nibsy’s http://www.nibsys.com
Laura De Moxom – Remembering Margaret Scissors, Remembering Margaret Garden Flowers

But is it Art? https://www.facebook.com/But-is-it-Art-189146441105893/
Simon MacKoon – Maximus, Paranoid

Eclectic Games http://www.eclecticgames.co.uk
Julie Calce – Brooding, Reflection

Tasting House http://www.tastinghouse.co.uk
Andrew Hood – The Face of Reading

Tamp Culture https://tampculture.co
Jon Lockhart – MUSIC 

White Stuff http://www.whitestuff.com/shop/reading/?gclid=CLPi6ZPb4NQCFW-17QodE7MECQ
Liz Mackereth – Through the Tree

The Castle Tap http://thecastletap.co.uk
gooey eye – four new pieces

Sonning Flowers https://www.sonningflowers.com
Emily Gillmor – Tulip V 

C.U.P http://www.cupreading.co.uk
Jenny Halstead – Subjective Paintings
Yan Chong – Subtractive Drawings

Jelly (Broad Street Mall) http://jelly.org.uk
Mark Langley – selected works
Salma Caller – The Bodies of Dolls
kitschx – #071, 072, 073


Artigiano http://artigiano.uk.com/locations/reading/
Misha Zavialov – Summer Solstice

Waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/reading-broad-street
Ellen Jewell – Handbag Stories

Picnic http://www.picnicfoods.co.uk
Grace Lewis – You Are Here

The Blade http://www.thebladereading.com
Natasha Zavialov

Other venues to visit:

Castle Galleries https://www.castlegalleries.com/galleries/castle-galleries-reading
The Lemon Grove Gallery http://www.thelemongrovegallery.co.uk

All venues and locations can be found in our event map available to download here >> http://jelly.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/OFA-A3-Concertina-Map-2017-Web-FINAL.pdf