W.B. Museum

Our exhibition went up smoothly over two days the hanging system took a little getting used to and in the end it all looked wonderful. Such an amazing old building, the first factory, and so full of time and a sense of history.

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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.

Goodbye to Blake’s Lock

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It was a good last day today, despite the rain. We had our busiest day to date, with well over 30 visitors in a shorter day than any other. There weren’t any new sales, but there were many interesting – and interested – people.

There was also a flotilla of kayakers who seemed to be having a lesson in the river Kennet immediately downstream of the Turbine House.

It was a delightful venue, and we’re not ruling out an Artikinesian return there at some point in the future…

Two days to go!

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

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

What can you see?

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.

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And here’s the rest of the drawing (made from the opposite corner during a lull)

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Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock, Reading.

Open 10 to 6 daily until 30 September, 10 to 3 on the final day, 1 October.

 

The first view…

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.