A podcast from the streets of Reading

Last Thursday, which was a Third Thursday, we hosted an arty street party on Broad Street – this may have been one of my favourite Third Thursdays. It was a long day, with sunshine and art which was brought to an abrupt end by a heavy prolonged shower. There are many pictures to be added here but in the meantime, one of the artists taking part, Felicity Ford has made a podcast which includes quite a long piece on her views of the Third Thursday, Reading and a chat to some of the other artists taking part.

Picture (courtesy of Felicity Ford) of Felicity Ford

Grab yourself a cup of tea and listen to the sounds by clicking on the link The Felicity Ford Radio Show, pilot episode, Arty Street Party

To read more about Felicity’s work, visit her website thedomesticsoundscape.com/wordpress/

arty street party 21st July 2011, 11am to 4pm

This month’s Third Thursday event will transform the streetscape of Reading into a living studio. A cluster of artists, designers, performers andcreatives of all types will take their art to the streets to enjoy an arty street party.  Each artist will have their own table and chairs where the community will be invited to sit down and talk about the artists work. This is not a selling event but one based on creating conversations, engaging with the community and changing the street for a day. Come along and find us on Broad Street East, outside M&S from 11am.
Artists will include PatchworkButterfly, Salvo, More Arts and UK Handmade.
Patchwork Butterfly
Artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs is all about drawing and hand stitching, combining the two to make beautifuladornments for you and your home. Inspired by the mundane and the insane, gossip and beauty, love, life and all of the other stuff that surrounds us, Lisa-Marie utilises an eclectic mix of vintage fabrics, buttons threads and knits to create textile works that will touch you in some way, that become part of your everyday lives, and that still retain the sense of wonder you felt when you first saw, bought or were given them.

photograph by Salvo Toscano for Patchwork Butterfly


Salvo Toscano
Salvo photographs people, places and things -though not necessarily in this order and often together. Salvo uses photography as a means to engage the viewer in a narrative. Observing happenings in the environment around him is fascinating and never repetitive. People going about their business, just sitting in front of him tell a story. People move, so capturing the right moment requires patience, sympathy, adaptation and perseverance. His photography is a documentary and an appreciation for what is seen and experienced.
Based in Reading, Salvo is resident photographer at the Jelly arts organisation and a member of theWhiteknights Studio Trail.

More Arts
Promoting more arts and cultural activities in and around Berkshire. Come and visit our young upcoming artists and designers at the More Arts stand – your chance to find out direct from the emerging creative talent how they are making it on the local arts scene.  More Arts is part of The Cultural Partnership registered charity number 1129471 – supporting local artists and delivering more arts and cultural activities and events in and around Berkshire.


UK Handmade
UK Handmade is a showcase for the work of talented UK designer / makers through awebsite and quarterly online magazine, alongside a supportive and friendly artistic community forum. They will be delighted to talk to people about the beauty of buying handmade, and why it’s important to support local makers and local economies in these hard economic times.

illustration by Joanne Askey

The Third Thursday is a monthly event showcasing the creative talent of Reading, and includes visual, literary, music and performing arts in non-traditional arts venues. The project is a partnership between local arts organisation jelly and Reading UK CIC.


Fried squirrel, jelly and third thursdays

This week is going to be a big week for us ( it has already started). Yesterday was the launch of Reading Arts Week at the Forbury, led by the New Directions Team. I didn’t make it there as I was in the outside inside festival shop partly, planning for the Coopers days this week, meeting Emma Bradbury finalising the Heritage Open Weekend project in September and also going through the applications for the Third Thursday on July 21st.

We are very excited about our art street party on Thursday 21st July, from 11am-4pm on Broad Street (outside M&S) – we can’t wait to tell you who is coming but there is so much to tell you about this week that we will have to be patient and spend time writing a proper piece just about all the lovely makers and artist who will be with us. It feels as if Reading is really coming alive this summer with Reading Proms, Caversham Festival, Reading Arts Week, outside:inside festival, studio trails and we have been doing many things on the street but nothing was quite as wet and stormy as our last Third Thursday where some hardy souls came along to the launch of the Reading Arts Week. Photos by our resident photographer, Salvo Toscano.

So today we are running round getting materials for Thursday, collecting yarn for the outcasts yarn sale tomorrow night (Wednesday,5.30 onwards at jelly). Tomorrow is the Big Art Picnic, some of the jelly crew will be there making pictures with buttons from our John Lewis donation and Suzanne will be there with the Colin Starck Quintet apparently talking about Postcards from Reading (a new project we are doing) and Fried Squirrel will be performing. Fab name. The finale weekend of the Reading Arts Week is this weekend at Penta Hotel, Reading.

Thursday the big Coopers Clean up begins.

outside inside festival shop

One of our favourite shops that we use for the Open for Art project, at 27/28 Market Place, is launching at 10 am today as a pop-up festival shop for outside:inside. There will be cakes, treats and the chance to see some of the work by the exhibiting artists in the festival plus hear some sounds by the musicians too.

A percentage of monies raised will be donated to homeless charity Launchpad (formerly Reading Single Homeless Project), one of jelly’s long term partners.

The pop-up festival uses empty shops, courtyards, churches as well as usual venues to hold music, theatre, film and poetry events until Saturday, July 30 with guest stars including Lee Scratch Perry.

Festival director Jack Hepplewhite said: "We are proud to be working alongside Launchpad for this year’s festival. Launchpad provide a vital step up the ladder to help people get back on their feet, their tireless support around Reading is the work of heroes."

The festival, supported by The Chronicle, Reading UK CIC, BBC Introducing, Jelly and Em-bee-pee, will feature local bands including Benin City, Midimidis and Sister Gracie, the best in visual arts, film, food and theatre. Headliners include The Fall, Beardyman, Hay Seed Dixie and Lee Scratch Perry, who will all be performing at Sub89 in Friar Street.

A full festival pass costs £75, a three weekender ticket costs £30 and weekend early bird tickets are £10.

For tickets and a full line-up see www.outsideinsidefestival.com or visit the outside:inside shop in Market Place, Reading, from Saturday.

Shop opening hours are 11am-2pm Mondays to Friday, 10am-6pm Saturdays.

Thank you to Brook Henderson for supporting us in this project.

image: Third Thursday outside:inside Launch, March 2011. courtesy of Salvo Toscano


Come along to the Third Thursday tonight

Since we started Third Thursday events back in November 2010, we have not had rain and each event has been in doors. The only exception being the December Third Thursday with the Reading Stories event at Blandy and Blandy where we had snow (beautiful snow showers). Typically today, when we start a series of Third Thursdays on the streets for summer, we have woken up to torrential rain. Carol (on the BBC) is telling us that the showers will die away by mid afternoon so we are hoping for a pleasant afternoon on Broad Street. There is a wet weather plan in place (gazebos!) and we will all be there, including a LIVE art drawing class and music from a special guest. Please show your support for the arts in Reading, have a preview of the forthcoming Reading Arts Week and come along and join us on Broad Street from 4.30pm, we would love to see you. The second part of Third Thursday takes place just along the Kings Road at Reading College from 6pm (this bit is inside). It is a 10-15 minute walk from Broad Street or there are plenty of cycle racks, parking and buses that all travel in this direction. 

Maybe we should consider adding to our current strapline "all arts, all areas" with the words "all weathers"?