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.
This is one of Rosemary’s oil pastel drawings made during the exhibition period, showing some of the objects that accumulate in the water.
Our exhibition only has two days left, now – tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday. At 3 o’clock on Saturday, we will start taking the exhibition down, although a few of the sold works are due to be collected before that time. Don’t worry – we have a couple of reserve pieces that will fill the gaps, so if you can’t make it until later on on Saturday, you won’t find the walls empty!
The Turbine House,
part of the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock,
off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH
(access through car park of the Bel and Dragon restaurant – you can park there, too)
10:00 to 18:00 on 30 September; 10:00 to 15:00 on 1 October
So enquires the information board in the Turbine House. What can you see?
An interesting building, made to house fascinating technology. Fabulous views. And a selection of art and poetry that was made to evoke the space it currently inhabits.
Here’s a photograph.
And here’s the rest of the drawing (made from the opposite corner during a lull)
Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock, Reading.
Open 10 to 6 daily until 30 September, 10 to 3 on the final day, 1 October.
This is a photograph taken from the Turbine House’s entrance lobby.
The space is modest, but appealing; walking out over the water, hearing the sound of the river, seeing contrasting views of urban life to the right, tree-lined waterway to the left, with the massive, caged remains of Victorian power transmission embedded within the room … and you encounter an exhibition of artistic vision and poetic words designed specifically for this space, to evoke this space.
This is Artkinesis at Blake’s Lock.
It needs to be seen.
Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock opened today. What with museum visitors, restaurant clientelle, members of the wedding party and art lovers (none of which are mutually exclusive), we had good footfall and an interesting day.
Please note that if you are thinking of visiting us at Blake’s Lock, you are allowed to park your car in the restaurant car park.
The post code for the Turbine House gallery at Blake’s Lock is RG1 3DH Detailed directions can be found here. The exhibition will be open everyday, 10 am to 6 pm, until the end of September. On the final day, 1 October, it opens at 10 am but closes at 3 pm.
I have discovered so much around the area of Blakes Lock, it has been a real surprise. In a strange way, although it oozes a sense of industrial grittiness and history, it has also been rather romantic, especially with Artikinesis’ own collaborative poet reciting in the background above the constant rush of pressured water underneath the Turbine Room.
My fellow artists’ enthusiasm and support has meant that, once again, we are creating a genuine response to our location and there is an either literal or enigmatic relationship between the site and the Artwork.
I think this exhibition is going to be very special, as it has been unpremeditated and immediate.
We may have been a bit quiet lately, but we’ve been busy. And now, it is time to unveil…
The Artikinesis Art Colouring Book
(Volume 1: West Berkshire and North Hampshire)
There are a few things left to do on this project – a few drawings still, but the main thing is that it costs money to print things like colouring books. We’ve found a local printer who can do the job to our high specification, and now we just need to find the cash…
This is where Kickstarter comes in.
Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website. Somebody comes up with what they think is a fantastic creative idea, posts it on Kickstarter, and hopefully several other people find out about it and, if they like it, they might want to help by pledging some money towards getting the project going. They might do this just because they like it, but there is often an incentive – a reward – offered, such as a signed copy of a colouring book, say…
And if enough people pledge enough money towards the project, it will happen, and the rewards will happen, and everybody will be happy.
That’s how we hope it’s going to work for us. If the project gets its required funding, we will publish the book on 30th April 2016, the first day of the West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios. The signed copies (and the other special rewards) will get posted before then, but the books will be on sale in Rosemary’s studio in Newbury, Adeliza and Elinor’s studio in Tadley, Amanda’s studio in Kingsclere, and a few other select outlets.
If you think you might be interested, do take a look at the project by clicking here.