Open for Art Events

Printed maps available from jelly studios, Jacksons Corner from 29 June, or downloadable right now here

Open for Art Events:

Breakfast with an Artist

Join us at picnic with Director of Reading Fringe Festival, Zsuzsi Lindsay and her Grandmother, Anna Szentmihaly, who will be bringing along a painting with a story. This original painting has a history that is complex, it reflects the struggle of a nation but also a high profile murder case from the early 1900s. The artist responsible for this painting is rumoured to be Mihaly Kovacs born in 1818, you can see some of his work displayed at the Hungarian National Gallery.

Friday 3 July, 8 – 9.30am

Venue 4, Picnic, 5 Butter Market, Reading


The Annual Daydream Harvest


The Proprietor Dr B Squabbles will be opening the doors on a most unpredictable shopping experience.

Take home the ‘New You.!”

Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July 10-6pm and Sunday 5 July 10–4pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Shaping Funding and Realising Projects in the Public Realm

Friday (includes lunch break), Sunday

These intense artist led workshops on shaping, funding and realising projects in the public realm are for individual artists (and/or small collaborations) and will take place over 2 sessions. Artists need to have a clear idea of the work they would like to produce.  Maximum of 6 artists.(£25 per person). There is an expectation you will develop your ideas further between the two sessions.

Jo is an experienced artist working in the public realm, she teaches work related practise locally at Reading College and is a core member of figure ground, an artist led organisation focused an artist development through collaboration and debate in the public realm.

Friday 3 July 10 – 2pm and Sunday 5 July 2 – 4pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Reading Public Arts Projects or Is our Art Public?

Join Edmund Harcourt, Director of Whitley Arts Festival, who will take you on a guided tour of the town’s Public Art inviting you to join in the discussion about Public Art.

The walk will take approx 90 minutes, departing from jelly. This event is Free but pre-booking is advised at or turn up 10 mins before departure time. FREE

Friday 3 July, depart 12.30pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Step into Vintage

Hosted by Alexandra, from Alexandra Vintage and Helen from All Vintaged Up, Step into Vintage will provide an informative and enjoyable evening for ladies interested in vintage fashion. The evening will test your vintage knowledge with a fashion quiz, learn about the benefits of vintage and how to integrate it into your wardrobe. There will also be the opportunity for some personal styling and shopping with 10% off anything purchased on the night, plus a glass of fizz and more!

£25, pre-booking essential at

Friday 3 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Oakford Social Club

Friday 3 July Fish Fry, Foot stompin ska, blues & rock n roll.

Saturday 4 July Girls to the front, records by female fronted acts all night.

Friday 3 July 12 – 2am, Saturday 10 – 2 am

Venue 8, Oakford Social Club


Make Reading Market

A Maker’s Market with beautiful work from Reading’s makers and artists for a one day pop-up event.

Saturday 4 July, 10 – 6pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Workshop: Building a Creative Website

Join visual artists Jared Williams and Katie Francis who will run a one-day session helping artists create their own website. Participants must bring a laptop with WIFI compatibility, any digital images & text (such as artist statement, cv, blog post ideas).

£32 per person. Website Hosting (Going live) is from £33 per year- will need to be covered by participants (This includes the domain name fee.)

Spaces are limited to 6 and pre-booking essential at

Saturday 4 July, 10 – 4.30pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Workshop: Jewellery Inspired by the river

Join 3-D designer Jessica Elliott to learn a variety of simple metal work techniques, such as wire and tube riveting, and experiment with paper to create a contemporary piece of mixed media jewellery. All materials included.

Adults 16+,

£30, for further information and to book, email

Saturday 4 July, 10.15 – 3.30pm

Venue 7: Reading Museum & Town Hall, Blagrave Street


Workshop: Willow Streamers

An opportunity to make Willow Streamers ready for the Beat the Street Party starting at 12 noon. FREE

Saturday 4 July, 11-12.30pm

Venue 1, jelly Studios, Jacksons Corner


Oxford Road Fun Day

Join Open Hand Open Space artists at Oxford Road Fun Day, Kensington Park, Kensington Road, Reading

Saturday 4 July 12 noon – 4pm 


Beat the Street Prize Presentation

The Beat the Street presentation is to celebrate the town and village’s incredible participation in the activity challenge where 23,000 have got active thanks to funding from NHS and Reading Borough Council Public Health. Join to celebrate this increadible achievement and the 6 top winning teams

Saturday 4 July 12.30 – 1pm

Venue 6: Town Hall Square



An acoustic showcase curated by Creative People,
Featuring performances from Sam Brett, Matt Malone, Emily Haynes, Becci Fearnley, Tara Deane and Buildings On Fire

Saturday 4 July 1 – 4pm

Venue 6: Town Hall Square


Doopin Reggae+Rum Day.

An all day fun day with live reggae, soul and rum, DJs spinning in the sun and some tip-top West Indian food. The day will be raising money for the Anthony Nolan Trust in memory of Chaz Blinstrub, one of Reading’s own finest reggae musicians and bass player of The Drop.

Donette Forte & The Urban Lions, The Vegetable Collective, The Majestic, Jah Lion Soundsystem, The Wicketkeeper, Simpson, The Papers (unplugged), Ella Martini.

Donations on the door.

Saturday 4 July 1-11pm All ages until 6pm / 18+ after 6pm

Venue 13: Purple Turtle, Gun Street


Reading’s Old Music and Cinema Trail

A guided trail round the old cinema and music venues of Reading, led by Lizzy Bell and volunteers working on Readipop’s new cultural heritage project: Reading on Tour. The walk will take approx 90 minutes, departing from Town Hall Square. This event is Free but pre-booking is advised at or turn up 10 mins before departure time. FREE

Saturday 4 July, depart 2.30pm

Venue 6: Town Hall Square,



Shadow People

Mannequins Alive bring you Shadow People, a window piece by Berzerk productions young performers. . – Have fun, do good

Saturday 4 July,  1.30 – 5.30pm

Venue 11: Unit 54, Broad Street Mall,


Quiet at the Back!

South Street presents an amazing bill of local, national and international acoustic acts, featuring Darren Hayman (Hefner), Ichi (Japan), Marisa Anderson (US) Stuart Clark & Sarah Lambert-Gates (UK), The Pawnbroker (UK) and opening up is South Street favourite Wild Island (UK), the solo moniker of singer-songwriter Mark Knight.

Tickets £11.20 advance, £15 on the door (inclusive of booking fee)

Saturday 4 July, doors 6pm

Venue 15, South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street


Open Air Art Challenge

Come along and watch the artists create their own works inspired by Reading, either from the surroundings around them or from an original idea of their own within 3 hours on Broad Street West. All works exhibited from 1pm onwards and members of the public will vote to choose the winner of £100 art material voucher.

Sunday 5 July, 10am onwards, winner announced 2.30pm

Broad St West


Pop-Up Pan Yard

Come along and join Raspo, try out the steel pans in their Pop-Up Pan Yard and revel in their carnival sounds. FREE

Sunday 5 July, 12 – 3pm

Broad St West


Get Creative Skill Share Day

Come along and get creative learning new skills straight from some of Reading’s talented artists and makers. Sessions start from £3 and all money raised goes towards Rising Sun Arts Centre. From printmaking to jewellery, mosaics and book making there is something for everyone.

Sunday the 5th July 2015, 10am – 4pm

Venue 16, Rising Sun Arts Centre, 26-30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST


Still Life Project

Creative People presents Still Life Project, chilled ambient electronic music

Featuring performances from:
Small Stone, Fresian, School of Electronics, Nino Auricchio and Richard Bentley

Sunday 5th July 2 to 6pm

Venue 14 Global Café, RISC, London Street, Reading


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