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PAST EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

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 Past Exhibitions 2014, 2013 and 2012

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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 it surprised him that he therefore 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.

 

 

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Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition No 23

Christmas Art Sale

Along the Link Corridor, Level Two

7th November - 17th December 2016

Our seasonally popular corridor art exhibition of paintings, drawings and original prints.

Sale of work raised money for the Hospital Art and Gardens Charity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's Ksenija's Video of the Summer Show 2016 Private View...

 

And the Winner is...

At the Summer Show we introduced two new awards. The first was voted for by members of the public, choosing their favourite work, and the second was chosen by RGA Members.

Joint winners of the Summer Show Public Vote are:

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Joy by Nikki Carr and The Copse at Dusk by Lou Jessop who also wins the Members Vote!

Runners up of the Public Vote are:

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Vanitas (above) and The Five Senses (below) by Martin Andrews, Penny by David Cotton, Godrevy by Linda Saul and Memories at Wang Pho, River Kwai by Anthony Wilder.

Runners up of the Members Vote are:

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The Five Senses by Martin Andrews, Lizard Point Cornwall by Clare Buchta and Sunlight Stones Under Water by Elissa Milsome.

 

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Summer Show

Summer Show 2016

Thu 16th – Sun 26th June 2016

Art Building L04
The Institute of Education
University of Reading
London Road Campus
RG1 5AQ

 

 

 

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65 artists filled the long main gallery with nearly 300 pieces, including a great variety of new works from bold oil and acrylic paintings to delicate ceramics, pastels, sculpture, watercolours and every style of printing technique, all was on display, plus a few favourites. In the second gallery BA Ed Art students of the Art department at the Institute of Education showed a selection of their degree work.

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Nearly all work was for sale, as well as a “Buy and take away today” Small Works Sale, unframed works and a wide selection of artists' greeting cards. Artists were present every day during the exhibition if you wanted to find out more about the Guild and its work. Two Special Events took place Sat 25 June 2016: An Illustrated Talk “Being the Artist in Residence at Silchester – The Final Dig” by Jenny Halstead, followed by RGA Members’ Discussion “Blue Sky Thinking” hosted by RGA Chairman Anthony Wilder.

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The University of Reading's Dr Cathie Tissot, joined by head of the Art department, Dr Gill Hopper, welcomed RGA Members and guests to the third RGA Summer Show at the venue. In the presence of “The Fall to Earth. Icarus IV”, a stunning sculpture by new RGA President Clive Duncan FRBS RBA SPS NDD. He addressed the crowd and officially opened the show.

At the Summer Show we introduced two new awards. The first was by members of the public, who voted for their favourite work, and the second was chosen by RGA Members. See RGA What's On page for details of the winners.

Summer Show workshop

Well attended workshops ran throughout the Summer Show including Silkscreen Printing with Chris Mercier and Emily Gillmor, Costume Figure Drawing with Jenny Halstead, Watercolour Painting with Richard Cave, a taster session of our Earley Painters Workshop, Batik Workshop with Claire Drew and The Art of Architecture – capturing space and delighting in detail with John Pumfrey and Sam Knight. Specially arranged workshops were also organised for a Dementia Care charity, school groups and watercolour class.

 

 

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86th Annual Exhibition
"Spring into Action"


Sat 19th – Tue 29th March 2016

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

As assessor of the 2016 Marie Dyson Award Clive Duncan awarded Clare Buchta and Martin Andrews as joint winners of this annual accolade, with Nina O'Connell and Richard Cave as joint second. Take a look at the winning works on our Marie Dyson Award page.

 

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Small Works Sale

As part of Reading Museum's "Art in the Dark Months" programme

Sat 6th February 2016

Reading Museum & Town Hall

On a gusty February day, surrounded by past member Alan Caiger-Smith's stunning pottery in the Reading Museum's Atrium Gallery, RGA members put on a fantastic display of exciting paintings, original prints and sculpture.

 

 

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Royal Berkshire Hospital
22nd Corridor Exhibition

9th November - 18th December 2015

Our seasonally popular corridor exhibition of paintings, drawings and original prints.

Sale of work raised money for the Hospital Art and Gardens Fund.

 

 

 

 

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RGA Summer Show 2015

The Reading Guild of Artists came back to the University of Reading for a Summer Show of workshops, activities and exhibition: Thu 18th - Fri 26th June 2015

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The Mayor of Reading, Sarah Hacker, popped in to the Summer Show on the first day, and Tweeted "...it's well worth a visit"

 

You'll have noticed something different with our members' exhibition at the Summer Show. Each artist was allocated their own limited wall space, giving them the opportunity to be viewed individually, be more experimental in some cases, and showcase their work as a whole.

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In all, 64 artists filled the long main gallery, and alongside them we were pleased to include work by BA Ed Art Year 3 and 4 final year students of the Art department at the Institute of Education.

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The majority of work was for sale, as well as unframed work and a wide selection of artist's greeting cards. Several artists were present every day during the exhibition. A series of workshops also ran during the event including: The Drawn Figure with Jenny Halstead, Silkscreen Techniques with Chris Mercier & Emily Gillmor (utilising the University's well-equipped printmaking room), Watercolour Painting with Richard Cave, and Print without a Press with Karen Carter.

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Click here for more photos of our great Summer Show Workshops...

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RGA Chairman John Pumfrey welcomed all to the Summer Show and thanked Dr Cathie Tissot for officially opening the Show. She was accompanied by head of the Art department, Dr Gill Hopper, to whom we extend our thanks for the invitation to host us here once again, in this beautiful venue. The band “Gazebo” performed for visitors at the Private View.

Many thanks to all those who helped to make this show happen!

 

 

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The RGA 85th Annual Exhibition 2015


"Take Reality by Surprise!"

Sat 21st - Mon 30th March 2015

Old Fire Station Gallery, 66 Market Place, Henley RG9 2AG.

RGA 85th Annual Exhibition "Take Reality by Surprise!" was officially opened by Elaine Blake, Curator at The Reading Museum and the assessor for this year's Marie Dyson Award was sculptor John Buckley. The winner was Lou Jessop with her woolen handstich/relief applique The Orange Cat.

Free workshops "Drawing Light" and "Renaissance Underpainting Techniques" tutored by RGA member Yuliya Lennon were held during the Exhibition.

 

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Allen Seaby Kingfisher

 

A major Exhibition at
The Museum of Reading

Allen Seaby: Art and Nature

Sir John Madejski Art Gallery
Reading Museum,

A retrospective of artist, illustrator, teacher and novelist, Allen Seaby (1867–1953), one of the founders of the Reading Guild of Artists.

 

 

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Small Works Sale

A Reading Guild of Artists Small Works Sale was held in conjuction with the Allen Seaby: Art and Nature Exhibtion at the Museum of Reading

31st January 2015

 

 

 

 

 

To look a little further back see Past Exhibitions 2014, 2013 and 2012

 

 

 

 

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