What’s On

Entrance to the Gallery is free. It is open during Library opening hours.
Please check these on the Central Library website

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    10Dec
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    17Dec
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    Maria Teresa Molner
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    Scenes
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    Apart from being an artist, I am also a picture restorer.

    My paintings are inspired by light, colour and the natural world, capturing a brief glimpse of beauty and excitement.

    I use a pallet knife to create an impressionistic look.

    I live in Reading and have had numerous exhibitions

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  • Start date
    26Nov
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    3Dec
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    Whiteknights Studio Trail
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    – comes to Town for Christmas

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  • Start date
    20Nov
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    24Nov
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    Heather McAteer & Paul Woolley
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    A Dialogue In Light And Shade
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    Works on Paper by Paul Woolley and Heather McAteer
    An engaging exhibition of work by two artists presenting contrasting responses to a theme.
    Inspired by places of cultural and personal significance, Heather McAteer’s work discusses how the narratives of the past are constructed and presnted, particularly in relation to her
    native Northern Ireland.
    Paul Woolley’s work relates to landscape and the environment with special interest in natural/organic forms and how they can interact with more geometric shapes, to form new images and motifs.
    Tuesday 20th – Saturday 24 November 2018
    Private View: Thursday 22 November 6-8pm

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  • Start date
    6Nov
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    17Nov
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    Liz Real & Martina Hildebrandt
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    Reading in the margins
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    An exhibition of new work: lino cuts, mixed-media, painting and collage based around the theme of the margins of Reading in every sense of the word.

    Martina’s work will feature women of Reading within her strolling figures series while Liz will include a series of works inspired by her visit to Reading Prison when it was opened to the Public a couple of years ago as well as other features of the town that are ‘on the edge’.

    There will also be an opportunity to meet the artists on several days while the exhibition is on. Dates to be confirmed.

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  • Start date
    9Oct
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    13Oct
    Organiser
    Senior Citizens' Art Group
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    Aspects of Life
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  • Start date
    18Sep
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    1Oct
    Organiser
    Federico Peloppa
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    Beyond The Border
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  • Start date
    13Aug
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    20Aug
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    Kate Spencer-Millan
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    Of Heart And Determination
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    An exhibition of heart and determination. For the love of The Camino de Santiago and the love of painting. I have created these alcohol inks paintings to relive and share with you, my personal journey. A personal journey of ups and downs as I hiked 500 miles across Spain.

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  • Start date
    23Jul
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    4Aug
    Organiser
    Anna Suchodolska
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    Curious encounters in one of the Universes
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    Marcin Kulabko observes the actions of the people from his surroundings. His nameless characters, objects and patterns are applied individually to paper. Kulabko’s practice touches on surrealism; there is a playful element to his work, as the skilful blend of coloured marker-pen enhances the lunacy of the works perspective

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  • Start date
    10Jul
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    21Jul
    Organiser
    Chris Forsey
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    Hung drawn & quartered: photographs of the Abbey restoration
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  • Start date
    3Jul
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    7Jul
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    Jelly Arts
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    Open for Art
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  • Start date
    22Jun
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    23Jun
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    Equaliteas – pop in for free tea and cake
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    EqualiTeas is a UK parliament-backed celebration of the 1928 Equal Franchise, which gave men and women the right to vote on the same basis in general elections. Our Equaliteas are also part of Vote 100 Reading – celebrating 100 years since (some) women were able to vote. Pop in anytime between 2.30 and 4.30pm for free tea and cake and find out about Berkshire’s, sometimes quirky, ways of voting.

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  • Start date
    20Jun
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    30Jun
    Organiser
    Jenny Halstead
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    Ancient and Modern – The Role of a Berkshire High Sheriff
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    An exhibition of paintings and sketches produced during the year of office. Looking back at the origins of a High Sheriff in 1064 and the role today.

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  • Start date
    22May
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    2Jun
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    Jo Thomas
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    Presencing place
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    An exhibition reflecting on how we come to know and shape our places

    Jo Thomas is a Reading based artist whose work responds to place. Her work encompasses a range of media: gestures, photographs, actions, being, drawing, walking, instruments of intervention and participation. Thanks to the local studies library for continuing to be such a valuable source of all things local to Reading.






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  • Start date
    9May
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    19May
    Organiser
    Julie Simmonds
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    The Reading Project
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    A visual record of the development of Reading’s architectural heritage


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  • Start date
    24Apr
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    5May
    Organiser
    Darran K Roper
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    Fragments of Sight
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    A photographic journey in colour through the eyes of a local street photographer.

    I’m affected by the photograph and the immediate nature of street photography. I’m captivated by the instantaneous curation required; the series of choices and sensibilities a photograph is shaped by. I emotionally respond to colour and form and strive to find the rhythm that flows through.

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  • Start date
    12Apr
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    21Apr
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    Reading Guild of Artists
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    …and the waters flowing beneath…
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    A group exhibition featuring some of Reading Guild of Artists’ 170 Members

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Entrance to the Gallery is free. It is open during Library opening hours.
Please check these on the Central Library website

The Gallery

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    The Central Library
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    The Holy Brook Gallery forms part of the Central Library in Reading’s Town Centre, just 5 minutes walk from the station and very close to multiple bus routes.

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    Information for Artists
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    The Gallery is managed by Reading Central Library. Local artists and groups can book it for exhibitions. Please use the information below to make contact

    Advice & Info for Exhibitors

    Conditions of Hire

    HolyBrook Application form

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    How the Gallery came about
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    For many years artists in Reading have felt the lack of exhibition space in the town.

    In October 2017 I had a very positive meeting with Simon Smith in the Library here, with a view to relaunching this space in the Library as an Art Gallery. The funding generously offered by RG Spaces made this project possible. New lighting, a new hanging system, re-painting and signage were agreed with enthusiasm.

    For the opening exhibition I naturally approached Reading Guild of Artists, since they have been an established organisation in the town for almost 90 years. Three further exhibitions, all differing from one another in style and content, will follow.

    The HolyBrook Gallery is available for hire and we all hope it will be fully used.

    Reading now has an Art Gallery in the centre of town where artists can exhibit their work, and so bring art to the town and to the community more generally.

    I should like to thank RG Spaces for the funding which has made this all possible and Conservatree for sponsorship of the printing.

    Jenny Halstead – April 2018

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The Holy Brook

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    The Holy Brook and Reading Abbey
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    The Holy Brook provided Reading Abbey with fresh water and with power. It’s thought that the monks altered its flow in places to aid agriculture. In the 12th Century, the Abbey built a mill just downstream from today’s Library. This ran in various forms until 1959. Some of its arches can till be seen just below the Library. Today the Holy Brook runs right underneath the Library, which was built on the site of the King’s Stables just down from the Abbey Gateway.

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    Subterranean Holy Brook
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    The website of Digital Noise Photography describes the Holy Brook’s, mainly subterranean, passage through Reading.

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    Holy Brook pictures at an exhibition
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    During Reading Year of Culture 2016,the local Aldworth Orchestra worked with young composers and artists on a work inspired by the Holy Brook and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. You can hear an extract here and find out more at Pictures at Our Exhibition.

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    View as you approach the Gallery
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Contact

Please email info (usual at sign thingy) readinglibraries.org.uk if you’d like further information about booking the Gallery.

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