AIRwaves – Blast1386.com, May 29 2013

Today, Wednesday 29 May, was the fourth 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 guest in the studio was Sara Davies and her lovely assistant Livvy. Sara was talking about being part of Reading Arts Week, being an artist and especially a live artist and forthcoming events and things to see in Reading as part of the Strength in Numbers Festival. Strength in Numbers Festival is currently looking for volunteers to help them on the day, please help this fledgling festival if you can.

Strength Collective

Sara also talked about a moving performance, to be seen in Reading for the first time by the artist David Parkin, a piece of work derived from his “clinical depression concept album show”. This is the only element of the festival that is ticketed and tickets are available here: readingarts.com
The problems around finding art space in Reading and where to look for arts events and happenings.
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In the studio with us as well was Marie (presenter of In The Can, the radio show created to talk about Reading CAN) and Eddie – we had a talk about the Reading CAN, the forthcoming new radio show, to be launched on Wednesday 10 July and how people can get involved.

There was also a pre-record section that Eddie and I had recorded at the Reading Contemporary Art Fair – links to hear it to follow shortly..

Thanks to our lovely guests, see you next month for AIRwaves, edition 5.

That was a full hour …

plus reminders of:

  • MERL Village Fete, Saturday 1 June, 10am-4.30pm. £2.50 for adults, children free – plenty of demonstrations, morris dancers, hog roast, workshops, cream teas, beer tent and much more..
  • University of Reading BA and MFA Degree Shows, Friday 7 June PV 4-7pm, open to public 10-21 June 10-4. More info at Department of Art
  • Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward, Progress Theatre, 17 – 22 June 2013. When novelist Charles Condomime invites eccentric Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance as inspiration for his exposé of a criminal psychic, the scheme backfires and an unwelcome guest arrives to disrupt his marriage – Elvira, his first wife comes back to haunt him. And that’s just the start of his troubles. Can Madame Arcati’s plan to lay ghosts to rest succeed? Noël Coward’s classic comedy written in 1941 is a witty look at relationships on both sides of the grave. Directed by: Rik Eke, Heather Noble Full price: £10 Concession price: £8, Buy tickets: www.ReadingArts.com or 0118 960 6060
  • Reading Fringe Festival 2013, tickets are now on sale, for full festival listings visit http://readingfringefestival.co.uk/
  • Strength in Numbers One Day Festival 22 June – more info here http://strengthcollective.co.uk/
  • The Berlin Map is finished, just looking for a steam roller now.. a short time lapse video is available here
  • Summer Screens are back at Caversham Court Gardens, screenings include Casablanca (May 30), Argo (May 31), Rocky Horror Picture Show (June 1, doors open 7.30, film starts 9.15pm. For more info visit http://www.summerscreens.co.uk/
  • Reading Arts Week launches on 15 June, and this coming Sunday is the submission deadline, for more info visit http://jelly.org.uk/2013/05/reading-arts-week-submission-deadline-june-2/
  • The Yellow Suitcase Project was officially launched last week by a walk up Snwdon, to keep up to date with the story visit theyellowsuitcaseproject.blogspot.com

 

AIRwaves – Blast1386.com

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:

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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  theyellowsuitcaseproject.blogspot.com, to find out more about Lisa-Marie and her work, visit her website (and she will be at the art fair too) http://www.patchworkbutterfly.co.uk/

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: http://www.progresstheatre.co.uk/shows/little-shop-of-horrors/

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 http://cavershamartstrail.co.uk/
  • “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 info@ohos.org.uk
  • launch event for Reading Fringe Festival 2013, this Thursday 6.30pm at Shehnai, London Street, Reading. http://readingfringefestival.co.uk/
  • 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 www.bwmusic.co.uk
  • open studios 2013, celebrating it’s 25th year with 102 artists taking part, full information can be found at www.open-studios.org.uk

 

AIRwaves – Blast1386.com

Today, Wednesday 3 April, was the second show 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 on at blast1386.  AIRwaves is a section of Eddie Winship’s Community Matters programme slot.

This weeks guests were:

Steph Weller and Baroness Maria Von Hackemann – the Baroness was a runner up in the Alternative Queen of Reading and she sang a Marlene Dietrich song live in the studio both in German and then English (definitely not easy on any count!), talked about her passion for her German heritage and taking part in the Alternative Queen of Reading. The Baroness has a list of forthcoming events up on her website here, definitely a must see as she was amazing.  Steph, one of the developers of the Alternative Queen of Reading was also talking about the forthcoming Little Shop of Horrors at Progress Theatre.

The Baroness and Steph Weller in the Studio

The Baroness and Steph Weller in the Studio

Mark Webber – we have already talked about him on this post here, and it was perfect timing to talk about his map of Berlin. If you want to see how his work is progressing, don’t forget that this Saturday 6 April, the jelly studios are open to visitors from 11am-4pm.

Sara Davies was the final studio guest, introducing the forthcoming Strength in Numbers Festival (June 22) and talking about the development of the artist group “Strength Collective”, working with other organisations and their partnership with Reading Arts Week.

AIRwaves in the studio: The Baroness, Mark Webber, Sara Davies, Steph Weller

AIRwaves in the studio: The Baroness, Mark Webber, Sara Davies, Steph Weller

I wonder how we fit it all in within an hour …

plus reminders of:

  • Reading Contemporary Art Fair (27-28 April), over 80 artists in one venue, 10am-5pm, tickets £7 on the door/ £5 concessions
  • 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 www.bwmusic.co.uk
  • a night at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, this Friday 5 April, with Alan Clayson and the Argonauts, described by Melody Maker as “Clayson is in premier position on rocks lunatic fringe”
  • Miss Julie, currently on until Saturday 13th April, tickets available by calling 0118 9606060. A brilliant adaptation by Reading Rep Theatre – the story revolves around a daughter of a wealthy count who begins an illicit affair with her servant, a provocative exploration of love, lust and power.