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The Reading Guild of Artists aims to hold several exhibitions annually, varying in theme, style and venue. The RGA have hosted, or taken part in, the following exhibitions and events.

To look a little further back see 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012


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25th Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition

Mon 5th Nov to 15th Dec 2018

Along the Link Corridor, Level Two

We celebrated our 25th corridor art exhibition at the RBH with a selection of paintings, drawings and original prints.

25% of sales plus a donation from a Reading business went to the RBH Voluntary Services.



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BIG Draw Festival
with the RGA
at the Reading Museum

Mon 22 October 2018
10am – 3:30pm

RGA members and Reading Museum collaborate again for Big Draw Festival.

Visitors joined in and had a "Play" drawing and sketching in and around the Museum, or just watched artists at work.

During the Big Draw everyone could also take a look at the exhibtion Patrons and Donors: Reading's Art And How it Got Here... which featured some of our current and past members work.





And the votes are in for the RGA Summer Show 2018:

Sussex Downs
Towards Seven Sisters
Oil Chinograph
by Clare Buchta

was voted favourite work by the visiting public. Congratulations!



The members' vote was more spread with top equal votes going to...

First light with Turquoise
Ink, charcoal and pastel
by Helen Lunn

Colours of the Isles
by Keith Marples

Serpentine Pot
Modern Pot Series
Mono Print
by Hilary Parkinson






Victor Frankenstein’s Toile
Printed Cotton
by Chris Mercier

Information Sheet
by Lynda South


Best Display

by Lynda South with her Cyanotype collection of works
plus description, see section left.





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RGA Summer Show
Art Exhibition

Thu 14 – Sun 24 June 2018


The RGA’s celebrated its 5th SUMMER SHOW at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education featuring an Exhibition by Reading Guild of Artists’ members, as well as highlights from a selection work from the Whiteknights Studio Trail. We were also pleased to showcase the final year work of BA Ed Art students.

A variety of printing workshops were available utilising the excelent Print workshop.

Check out a review of the show by The Whitley Pump:




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Abbey Revealed Abbey Revealed

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Reading Abbey Revealed –
The RGA join in

RGA Small Pop-up Sale, Activities and Painting Day

Saturday 16th June 2018

The RGA were proud to take part in the celebration “Reading Abbey Revealed” with the long awaited re-opening of the Abbey Ruins, which also coincided with the Water Fest along the river Kennet.

We had a one day Pop-up Sale in Reading Museum, where the Reading Abbey Revealed trail starts. Our artists were on hand drawing and painting, with kids activities to encourage the next generation of artists.

And on display, Abbey related merchandise by RGA members Sally Castle and Martina Hildebrandt, available from the Reading Museum stall in the Forbury Gardens and Museum Shop.

It was a fantastic day for Reading!


Abbey Revealed


Art works produced live on the day...!




The RGA support the RDA

In 2018 Düsseldorf celebrates 30 years of town twinning with Reading and the Reading Düsseldorf Association printed a set of postcards for the event and RGA members Martin Andrews' and Thérèse Lawlor’s designs were two of the four selected winners.


Postcard by Thérèse Lawlor Postcard by Martin Andrews Martin and Therese





HolyBrook Gallery

"... and the waters flowing beneath ..."

Central Library
Abbey Square
(King's Road)

12 -21 April 2018

The Reading Guild of Artists were proud to support Reading’s delightful new art gallery space HolyBrook Gallery at Central Library which opened on Thursday 12 April 2018.

This exhibition will feature a small selection of RGA Members' work reflecting the HolyBrook Gallery in relation to the Holy brook which flows underneath the Central Library building.

Artists with work on display were:

Emily Gillmor, Carole Stephens, Richard Cave, Jenny Halstead, Maureen Hayward, Sam Knight, Carole Pembrooke, Rosemary Harper, Hilary Parkinson, Michael Garaway, Paul Manning, Clare Buchta, Gordana Naslas, Paul Woolley, Heather McAteer, Mike Simmons, Karen Spencer, Shelagh Casebourne, Lucio Scotti, Helen Lunn, Liz Chaderton, Judith Fletcher.


Take a look at the HolyBrook Gallery website.

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"RGA Pop-up at Reading Museum"

for a Reading Cultural Award

We really enjoyed working on this fantastic project and have been nominated for the "RGA Pop-up at Reading Museum" in the Reading Cultural Awards, under the category "Made in Reading".



John Lewis Easter Extravaganza

A small group of RGA members set up as “Artists in residence” for the John Lewis Easter Extravaganza at the Reading store. Thérèse Lawlor and Mick McNicholas started things off on the first day. 24-27 March 2018.


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The RGA 88th Annual Exhibition 2018

"... and the waters flowing by ..."

highlighted Henley’s stunning location along
the River Thames.

The Old Fire Station Gallery,
66 Market Place,

Sat 17th – Tue 27th March 2018


Congratulations to the Joint Winners and the Highly Commended, details on the Marie Dyson Award page.



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RGA Pop-Up at Reading Museum:

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Many thanks to everyone who took part in all the very many elements of the Pop-Up. We had a brilliant time and thank you Reading Museum for having us.



RGA Pop-Up at Reading Museum
Sir John Madejski Art Gallery

The RGA enjoyed a fabulous week in the Art Gallery Reading Museum. Sat 10th – Sat 17th February 2018.

As well as a Pop-Up Exhibition of RGA members' work, with paintings, prints, books, cards and more for sale, we had lots of art activities from weaving and print making, glueing and sticking, to colouring in for all the family during this half-term week. With a bit of a Medieval theme, in support of the Reading Museum as it launches the new Reading Abbey Gallery, the RGA felt very at home returning to where it all began in 1930.

So it was fitting that we took a step back in time when RGA Chairman Anthony Wilder and Life member Elizabeth Heydeman took a stroll around the Museum Highlights display of past members' work from the Museum's Art collection. And we revisited the Artists at Work project from 20 years ago which recorded the buildings' extensive refurbishment.

The RGA "Artists in Residence" recorded what they saw everyday, drawing and sketching around the Museum and with some braving the cold weather and venturing outside to paint.


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RGA members busy preparing the exhibition...

24th Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition

6 Nov to 16 Dec 2017

Our annual corridor art exhibition of paintings, drawings and original prints had lots of lovely present ideas for the Festive Season.

25% of proceeds went to the Hospital Art and Garden Fund.




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Big Drawer 2017



Oscar Wilde BIG Drawmuseam
with the RGA at
the Reading Museum

Mon 23 October 2017

We celebrated Oscar Wilde at the The Critic as Artist exhibition, Reading Museum. RGA members were on hand to help visitors adorn the Museum with Oscar’s favourite flowers and draw the works of art on display.




Big Draw 2017





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Special Workshop held as part of our Summer Show

It was with great pleasure that we could welcome back members of the “Young People with Dementia” charity to a textile workshop at the Summer Show lead by textile artist Rachel Knight (RGA member Sam Knight's Mother!).Young People with Dementia is a charity in Wokingham working with people who have had a diagnosis of dementia below the age of 65. Working with the help of their carers, who are often their spouses, the group stitched pre-cut colourful felt shapes together to make a pretty design which we framed before they took them home with them.

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Best Display

Best Overall Display

by Karen Spencer


And the votes are in:

Congratulations to Karen Spencer for receiving the most votes for the Best Display of work at the RGA Summer Show 2017, and to Clare Buchta with Gateway to Cornwall voted favourite work by members and the public.

For full details of the votes, please download the pdfs:





Gateway to Cornwall

Gateway to Cornwall

by Clare Buchta


Runner Up

Congratulations too to Lynda South for coming a close second in all the categories, with her Gasometer series.



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RGA Summer Show 2017

Art Building L04
The Institute of Education
University of Reading
London Road Campus

Thu 15th – Sun 25th June 2017

As well as an extensive exhibition at the RGA's 4th Summer Show there were a selection of workshops taking place including "Exploring Mixed Media" with Helen Lunn and "Monoprint" with Robert Fitzmaurice, plus a variety of opportunities to use the Print Studio on the site.

Also on display were works by the final year BA Ed Art students and an exhibition by Artist Duncan Swann whose work was displayed thanks to the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism at the University.



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Poster for Henley Hooray!

The 87th Annual Exhibition

"Hooray Henley!"

Sat 18th – Tue 28th March 2017

The Old Fire Station Gallery
66 Market Place
Henley-on-Thames, RG9 2AG

The Old Fire Station has been hosting the Reading Guild of Artists' Annual Exhibition for well over 10 years and this year's title Hooray Henley! is a tribute to the town. A selection of of works will be based on those things for which Henley is famous: the river and locality, well-known characters, Henley's festivals, local history, industry or architecture and more... Take a look at Exhibition "Hooray Henley!" Online for a small selection of works on display.



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The 87th Annual Exhibition was officially opened by the President of the RGA Clive Duncan to a good turnout of members, friends and visitors, on Sunday 19th March. Clive welcome everyone to his home town of 50 years and spoke of the wonderful and varied works with Henley-on-Thames as a theme.

Group photo (L-R) Liz Baldin (Marie Dyson Award Joint Winner), Thérèse Lawlor (Acting Publicity Officer), Anthony Wilder (RGA Chair), Clare Buchta (Treasurer) , Clive Duncan (President), Martina Hildebrandt (Marie Dyson Award Joint Winner), Martin Andrews (Assessor) , and Carole Stephens (Exhibition Secretary)


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Martin Andrews, RGA member and former President, was the Assessor for this year's Marie Dyson Award. Martin praised the amount of vibrancy and colour that the Henley theme had inspired in the members, and how difficult it had been to pick a winner.So, he surprised himself when he chose joint winners, which are both monochrome works. A Sense of Spring, a delicate oil painting by Liz Baldin, and “Morlais Castle" - The Last Days of Steam, Henley-on-Thames a lithograph by Martina Hildebrandt. Martin Andrews, a printmaker himself, enjoyed the fact that a fun and quirky printing technique had been used, which Martina later told him was inspired by an RGA Friday workshop.

RGA Chair, Anthony Wilder, concluded with a special big thank you to Carole Stephens, with this her last outing as Exhibition Secretary. After seven years and numerous exhibitions, Carole will be stepping down at the next AGM, but happily will still remain a part of the RGA Council. We all thank her for this fantastic Exhibition and for making it all happen.


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Art in the Dark Months - Reading Museum
Slam Sale and Family Event

Sat 11th February 2017

In conjunction with the Reading Museum's Art in the Dark Months season and Ray Atkins: The Reading Years exhibition.

Great to see so many visitors to our Slam Sale, with works by RGA members, available for sale at affordable prices and family art activities and RGA members at work, it was a fantastic day.

A big "thank you" to all the RGA Members who came along, either by bringing work for sale or simply coming to support, assist and socialise!

And an extra special thank you to the Reading Museum and their staff for being helpful. 25% of our sales goes to support the important work of the Museum.



To look a little further back see 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012








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