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.

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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

Four days to go!

I’ve been spending so much time at the Turbine House recently, and it’s such a great location, that I think I shall miss it after we close our exhibition at 3 pm on Saturday. (I won’t miss the traffic in Reading, though.) Water all around (and under our feet), exceptional views, handsome historic engineering, and a splendid exhibition to show…

Much of my contribution to that exhibition is about the surface of the water. Today, during a quiet spell, I used nearly every media that I had to hand to try and portray the energy of the rushing wave patterns generated by the weir. The resulting sketch is shown above, but you can see my other (more considered) studies of the river’s ever-changing surface as part of the Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock exhibition.

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)

10:00 to 18:00 until 30 September; 10:00 to 15:00 on the final day, 1 October

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.