As the mists descend on our forest, new talent comes into view

Exhibiting our multimedia installation We are Forest at Sticks Contemporary in Gosport gave us opportunity to meet many members of the community for chat and exchange of ideas about art.  Among our most memorable encounters were with the art students at St Vincent’s College Gosport who met us for a talk about how We are Forest emerged and as a starting point for an exhibition of their own.  Artikinesis had the privilege of attending their private view which followed on once we had washed down the gallery walls (see below) ready for their artworks (see below) . See some of what went on and what’s happening at Sticks Contemporary now at https://www.facebook.com/LiveArtLocalCIC/

Thank you to Beth and Ed at Sticks

 

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New Artikinesis exhibition featuring churches and the canal

bohSome new Artikinesis artworks can be seen at St Nicolas church in Newbury tomorrow (Tuesday 6 June) 9:30 a.m. until Friday at 3:30 pm (exhibition closed between 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday).  Church buildings have long held a fascination for Brian and Amanda, and are a perennial feature of their work.  Adeliza, Elinor and Rosemary have created some new works especially for this exhibition which features local churches and the canal to coincide with a visit to Newbury by the Boats of Hope who make it their mission to bring communities together.  This is a great opportunity to take a tour of the bell tower at St Nic’s and get a unique view over the town.  First come, first served for tower tours on Tuesday 6 June; 10.00am / Noon  and at 2.00pm.  Limited availability.  The art exhibition is free to visit and we will be running a children’s art competition, displaying the winning artworks on the final day and with our very special colouring book as prizes.

We would like to thank St Nicolas’ church for their generosity for lending us the space for this exhibition and for their helpfulness throughout.

Springtime exhibition at West Berkshire Museum, Newbury Wharf

Our Springtime exhibition for the West Berkshire Museum focuses on the area of West Berkshire and North Hampshire, and the events happening right now in Spring 2017. Nature is active with the emergence of new spring light, the bluebells in Wolverton woods or the circling of the red kite in the skies above our heads. We humans are busy too, with the construction of new homes at Newbury Racecourse or the demolition of the landmark Sterling Cables site, or the gruelling annual Devizes to Westminster canoe race, due to happen along the Kennet and Avon Canal and on to the River Thames once more this Easter.

Do come and look at the Artikinesis Springtime exhibition.  Starts 29th March and continues until 23rd April.  Every day except Mondays and Tuesdays.

Bookface Bookender at the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading continues Sunday 9 October, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Today Artikinesis took some of our remaining colouring and poetry books to the Bookface Bookender artists’ handmade book fair in Reading where our contributions were admired by many. There was indeed much to admire at all the stalls with some exquisite handmade books. Those of particular note, in my opinion, were ones that explored the relationship between art and science. The Rising Sun arts centre is at 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST, and is full of life and has a wonderful welcoming atmosphere with plenty going on including bookbinding workshops upstairs during the book fair. If you missed the book fair there is still chance to visit it tomorrow between 11 and 5pm though sadly Artikinesis will not be there tomorrow. You can still obtain a copy of either our colouring book or our beautiful hand-printed, hand-bound poetry book by contacting us through this website. Every one is a unique work of art in itself, or so say our happy customers.

Colour and texture at Blake’s Lock

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Duncan Lawrey reads his poem, Texture, written in response to Adeliza’s Intelligent Congress, part of our exhibition at The Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, Reading.

Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock, off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH

(access through car park of the Bel and Dragon restaurant)

Exhibition opening times
Every day 17 Sept – 30 Sept: 10.00 – 18.00
Final day 1 October exhibition closes at 15.00

Poet at work

“I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky” – Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

I thought of Oscar Wilde, languishing behind bars on his prison plank just beyond the buildings of Blake’s Lock, as our own young poet, deep in his thoughts, took in the atmosphere of his surroundings.  Come see the results of his musings, and our own painterly responses to poetry and place between 17 September and 1 October.  Expect some very deep stuff.

Explore hidden Reading with Artikinesis

17 September – 1 October 2016 – free entry art exhibition

Not far from the hustle of central Reading there is Blake’s Lock. Along this quiet backwater, five artists and a poet came, saw, recorded their findings and expressed their feelings.
Now at the Riverside Museum’s Turbine House gallery, you can share their experiences and discover hidden Reading for yourself.

Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock, off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH

(access through car park of the Bel and Dragon restaurant)

Exhibition opening times
Every day 17 Sept – 30 Sept: 10.00 – 18.00
Final day 1 October exhibition closes at 15.00

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Colouring competition

Come and visit Rosemary’s stall at That’s Entertainment! Ashford Hill Church on Saturday 25th June and pay £1 to enter our colouring competition.  Open to children and adults.  The winner in the children and adult categories will receive a copy of The Artikinesis Art Colouring Book – West Berkshire and North Hampshire.  Just take a colouring sheet, leave your name with Rosemary, pay your £1 and e-mail artikinesis@artikinesis.org.uk with a photo of your coloured-in entry by 10th July 2016.  Good luck!

Incredible Edible

Incredible Edible is a lovely idea, and a surprise for anyone taking a walk round War Memorial Park, Basingstoke.  Not far from the skateboard park, it’s a community orchard planted by volunteers, so that passers by can enjoy a healthy snack of fruit and nuts plucked straight from trees with wonderful names: Deacon’s Blushing Beauty, Nettlestone Pippin and the Howgate Wonder to name just three.  My oil painting shown here is an artistic interpretation of the place (where I took the photo).  I just finished painting another one on the same theme, taking in the skatepark too, but you’ll have to visit The Basingstoke Project to see it at Proteus Theatre’s Creation Space gallery, Council Road, Basingstoke, 16 – 26 November.

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