What’s On

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    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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  • 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
    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
    22May
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    2Jun
    Organiser
    JoThomas
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    Presencing place
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    An exhibition reflecting on how we come to know and shape our places

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  • Start date
    20Jun
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    30Jun
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    Jenny Halstead
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    Ancient and Modern – The Role of a Berkshire High Sheriff
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    An exhibition of painting and sketches produced during her term in office

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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
    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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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 form below to make contact and request further information.

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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 submit this form it you’d like further information about booking the Gallery.

Charity number: 1160023