Open for Art Venues

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

Open for Art Venues:

Open for Art HQ, jelly, Jacksons Corner

Come along and ask the artists more about what is happening and how you can get involved.

Saturday 4 July crochet 10.30-12.30, Learn how to Draw Characters 1-3pm

Glass Fusing 12-3pm

Sunday 5 July make silicone moulds for Adults, ceramic drawing using ceramic pens and Fabric Pen Bags for Children 11-1pm

Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July 10-6pm, Sunday 5 July 11-5pm


Zoe’s Gallery

A recently opened Art Space In Jacksons corner, being used to exhibit and sell Zoe’s Art and is open to the general public for drop in arts and crafts and workshops.  Zoe wants to create a positive healthy safe space for people from all walks of life to encourage and empower them to express themselves.

Friday 3 July, 10-6pm, Saturday 4 July 10-6pm, Sunday 5 July 12-4pm

Venue 2, Zoe’s Gallery, Jacksons


Little Shop of Crafts and Gifts

Little Shop of Crafts and Gifts is a space for Designers, Artists and Crafts people to rent affordable space to sell their makes. They can also use the space to run workshops to teach others their skills.

Workshops (all are drop-in except Glass Fusing which must be pre-booked)

Saturday 4 July crochet 10.30-12.30, Learn how to Draw Characters 1-3pm

Glass Fusing 12-3pm

Sunday 5 July make silicone moulds for Adults, ceramic drawing using ceramic pens and Fabric Pen Bags for Children 11-1pm

Friday 3 July, 10-2pm, Saturday 4 July 10-4pm, Sunday 5 July 10-2pm



Host for Breakfast with an Artist

Friday 3 July, 10-6pm – Sunday 5 July 8am-6pm


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


Reading Town Hall

Reading Arts Week 2015

Now in its 7th year, Reading Arts Week showcases all styles and media and is open to artists and artisans from the Reading area, both amateur and professional. Reading’s historic Town Hall is the new venue for the Borough’s only open entry art exhibition, taking place this summer.

Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July 10 -4pm, Sunday 6 July 11 – 3pm


Reading Museum

Thames Stories: Art and Archaeology

Objects from the museum’s art and archaeology collections tell tales and answer questions about the River Thames. Has the river always been where it is today? What has been found in the Thames and by whom? Why have so many artists made paintings of Caversham Bridge? Most of the objects were found in the non-tidal Thames between Lechlade and Teddington. They include mysteries and surprises from the Stone Age to the present day. Enjoy our Thames stories and join in the related events and talks. or phone 0118 937 3495

Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July


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


The Takeaway Gallery

Japanese Calligraphy, Lorant Adrian

Reading based Calligrapher, Lorant Adrian, has been studying under Japanese Calligraphy Master Koshu. While some of his work reflects the traditional style, he has also started to make this ancient art form more accessible to a western audience. Lorant Adrian will be talking about his work on Saturday 4 July between 1.00-3.00pm.

Takeaway Gallery offers printing onto paper and canvas, framing, photo-editing & advice, copying of original art work and monthly exhibitions.

Friday 3 July, Saturday 5 July, 9.30 – 5.30pm


Unit 53, Broad StreetMall

Phantom Art Group, curated themed exhibition by Reading College students.

Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July, 10am – 6pm, Sunday 5 July, 11am – 5pm


Castle Galleries

Castle Galleries has been providing beautiful art to homes and businesses in and around the Reading area for more than ten years, showcasing art from Washington Green Fine Art Publishing. Included amongst our portfolio of artists are Caroline Shotton, Paul Kenton, Craig Davison, Alex Echo and local artist Simon Claridge.

We are also very proud to be representing the artwork of Bob Dylan along with fine art collections featuring Marvel Comics, Marilyn Monroe and Pele. As well as our range of signed limited edition prints and sculptures, we have access to a wide range of original art to fit all tastes and budgets.

Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July

Venue 12, Castle Galleries, 5 Chain Street


Purple Turtle

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


The Lemongrove Gallery

Argentinian artist, Fabian Perez, winner of 2014 Master of Contemporary Art, and Artist of the Year 2014, will be exhibiting his stunning work at The Lemongrove Gallery, with a launch on Friday 3 July, from 7-9pm. Please call 0118 9590 900 to be on the guest list for this special Private View. Exhibition continues over the weekend.

Celebrating 10 years, The Lemongrove Gallery offers a range of Original Paintings, collectable Limited Editions and Sculptures from artists across the International and UK art scene.

Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July

Venue 11, The Lemongrove Gallery, Minster Street


Global Cafe

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


South Street Arts Centre

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


Rising Sun Arts Centre

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


Bluematchbox Gallery

Open studio where you can see the makers working and view the current pottery exhibition. Throughout the weekend, there will be a free kiddies Make-and-Take-Later to create a ceramic bird shaped tile/plaque  to paint a design on, which will be glazed and fired for collection later (offer is limited to one per child, while stocks last) or phone 0118 9455933

Friday 3 July until Sunday 5 July, 10 – 4pm

Venue 17: Bluematchbox, 205 Halls Road,Tilehurst, RG30 4PT

Market Place – Reading Town Centre

Bee Islands – Jo Thomas

Small islands of wildflowers grow in baskets hung in Market Place, Reading town centre. These bee friendly plants offer passing bees and other insects a place to rest and feed on their journeys in and through the town.

This artwork is an unlikely Olympian legacy. The wild flowers originate from two of the many square meters of turf grown for the opening ceremony of the last olympics games in London in 2012*. Now several generations on these wildflowers, escapees from the original patch, were found thriving in the cracks between paving slabs close to the original patch and collected to make these baskets. All these plants are highly valued by bees and other insects. Some flowers are bred for their colour or longevity and are not nourishing for bees : petunias, geraniums, begonia, busy Lizzies. These are often used in traditional hanging baskets as is lobelia which is loved by bees. Watch where the bees go.Accompanying the Bee Islands an artists booklet shows the wildflowers included. They are available from Picnic, Open for Art HQ in Jacksons or at

Growing up in Reading I have fond memories of the bees that lived in Reading Museum and the tube that went through the walls of the museum into Blagrave Street. I remember being told they collected pollen from the flowers in Forbury Gardens.

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