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PRESS

Information from our Publicity Team

For interviews or further information please contact: publicity@rga-artists.org.uk

Updated 19 Jun 2018

Still time to enjoy the Reading Guild of Artists’ Summer Show

Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) fifth annual Summer Show, which began earlier this month, is still in full swing. It runs until Sunday 24 June, 10am to 4pm daily.

press-summer-show-2018-pr2.pdf

 

The Hospitium by John Pumfrey

Reading Abbey revealed
Reading Guild of Artists join in

Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) will be taking part in the celebrations of the long-awaited opening of the Abbey ruins at ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ on Saturday 16 June. The event coincides with Water Fest along the River Kennet.
On Saturday 16 June, the RGA will have a one-day pop-up sale between 10.30am and 3.30pm in Reading Museum, where the Reading Abbey Revealed trail starts. The Museum will be open 10am – 4pm.

Throughout the day RGA artists will be working ‘en plein air’ around the Museum Quarter. In the Museum there will be an RGA ‘small works sale’ and free workshop opportunities for children.

press-rga-abbey-ruins-june 2018.pdf

 

 

Summer’s here and Reading Guild of Artists is celebrating!

Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) will be hosting a series of workshops at its fifth annual Summer Show.

The show starts Thursday 14 June and runs until Sunday 24 June, 10am to 4pm daily.

See RGA What's On for more details

press-summer-show-2018.pdf

 

 

Martin Andrews and Thérèse Lawlor

It’s ‘twins’ for Reading Guild of Artists!

Postcards designed by Reading Guild of Artists’ (RGA)artists Martin Andrews and Thérèse Lawlor have been selected to represent Reading in an international project which celebrates 30 years’ twinning Düsseldorf with Reading.

Düsseldorf is celebrating 30 years of town twinning with Reading this year (2018) (together with the towns of Haifa, and Chemnitz) and to commemorate this milestone anniversary, people from all three towns are invited to send a postcard, together with their good wishes or thoughts on sister cities.

press-dusseldorf-postcard-4.6.18.pdf

 

Lillie bouquet at Haslams

‘Lilies for Oscar Wilde’ - shortlisted for two awards in the prestigious Reading Cultural Awards

The project ‘Lilies for Oscar Wilde’, which was a partnership with independent artists and makers, Reading Museum, Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), Jelly, Two Rivers Press, Whiteknights Studio Trail, Cherubs Floral Design, Friends of Reading Museum and Haslams has been shortlisted for two categories in this year’s prestigious Reading Cultural Awards. The two categories are; ‘Made in Reading’ and ‘Celebrating Reading's Heritage’.

press-lillies-cultural-awards-4.6.18.pdf

 

 

Two for the price of one– Reading Guild of Artists exhibiting twice in one week!

This week sees a potential first for the Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) as two of its members, artists, Carole Pembrooke and Karen Spencer, have work in two exhibitions in Reading in one week!

 

press-holybrook-plus.pdf

 

 

Helen Lunn with her mixed media piece Adrift

Reading Guild of Artists first to benefit from artists’ gallery.

A new artists’ gallery, the HolyBrook Gallery, for Reading art groups and individuals from the surrounding area, is launched on Thursday 12 April and Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) will be the first group to host an exhibition. The new gallery has been funded by RG Spaces.


The RGA exhibition features about 20 works of art by RGA members, in a variety of media and showcases the diversity of styles used by its members.

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

 

press-holybrook-gallery.pdf

 

 

Reading Guild of Artists get cracking for an Easter ‘eggstravangza’

As part of John Lewis’ Easter extravaganza, eight artists from Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) will be displaying their work in the summer house on the Lower Ground Floor of John Lewis, Reading, from Saturday 24 March to Tuesday 27 March, as part of its Easter Extravaganza, between 10am and 4pm each day.

press-rga-john-lewis.pdf

 

 

Poster

 

rga-88th-annual-exhibition-2018-a5-flyer.pdf

 

Reading Guild of Artists 'go with the flow' at Henley art exhibition

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

Sat 17th – Tue 27th March 2018

10 - 4 daily, Free Entry

One of our artists, Carole Stephens, is hoping to exhibit her artwork 'At the end all is dust', which depicts an image of Henry I, who died in France and was transported back to Reading Abbey via the Thames and Kennett. She said: "In this mysterious print, Henry I is imagined floating below the surface, his face glowing through the dark, murky river water."

press-rga-88th-annual-exhibtion-2018-01.pdf

 

‘At the end all is dust

press-carole-stephens-at-the-end-all-is-dust.jpg

 

 

Martina and winning bidder

Martina Hildebrandt, handing over her ‘lily’ to Brian Johns, who successfully bid for the lily.

 

 

 

‘Lily’ auction raises over £1,000 for Reading homeless charity, Launchpad

The culmination of a partnership between Jelly, Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), Reading Museum, Two Rivers Press, Whiteknight’s Trail, and many independent artists and makers, to celebrate Oscar Wilde by creating a huge bouquet of lilies, has raised just over £1,000 for Reading-based homeless charity, Launchpad.

press-money-raised-lilies-auction.pdf

 

Pop-up poster

Reading Museum Pop-up

 

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

A Pop-Up Exhibition of RGA members' work, with paintings, prints, books, cards and more for sale.

25% of all exhibition sales will be donated to Reading Museum and donations for activities are welcome.

Sat 10th – Sat 17th February 2018 (closed Sun)

Open 10am - 4pm (Sat 17th to 3pm)

FREE ENTRY

Plus lots of activities for all the family during this half-term week, all with a bit of a Medieval theme in support of the Reading Museum as it launches the new Reading Abbey Gallery.

There will also be artists at work and demonstrations.

Drop in and help create a paper Stained Glass panel, or join in with the Sequel to the Bayeux Tapestry. We'll have 'Colouring-in' for all ages.

press-rga-pop-up-museum.pdf

press-rga-pop-up-museum-2.pdf

rga-pop-up-reading-museum-2018-a5.pdf

 

 

lilies bus poster

press-secret-auction-lilies-v1.pdf

Lilies for Oscar Wilde toraise money for homeless charity, Launchpad Reading

Reading residents and visitors are invited to bid in a blind auction to buy a unique piece of artwork – one of the handmade ‘lilies for Oscar Wilde’, currently on display at Reading Museum. All proceeds will go to homeless charity, Launchpad Reading.

The ‘lilies’ are currently on display at Reading Museum and the blind auction is open now and runs until 12noon, Wednesday 7 February, 2018. Successful bidders will be contacted by 4pm, Thursday 8, 2018.

 

 

RBH Corridor

Last few days!

24th Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition

6 Nov to 16 Dec 2017

The exhibition is on display along the Link Corridors, Level 2. From the main entrance Craven Road, Reading Berkshire RG1 5AN or use south corridor entrance in Addington Road, near outpatients 1.

Our annual corridor art exhibition of paintings, drawings and original prints has lots of lovely present ideas for the Festive Season. 25% of proceeds go to the Hospital Art and Garden Fund.

press-rbh-2017-03.pdf

 

Blind auction to raise money for Reading-based homeless charity, Launchpad Reading
Reading residents and visitors are invited to bid in a blind auction to buy a unique piece of artwork – one of the handmade ‘lilies for Oscar Wilde’, currently on display at Reading Museum. All proceeds will go to homeless charity, Launchpad Reading.
The ‘lilies’ are currently on display at Reading Museum and the blind auction is open now and runs until 12noon, Wednesday 7 February, 2018. Successful bidders will be contacted by 4pm, Thursday 8, 2018.

 

 

Annie Welsh

 

24th Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition

6 Nov to 16 Dec 2017

The exhibition is on display along the Link Corridors, Level 2. From the main entrance Craven Road, Reading Berkshire RG1 5AN or use south corridor entrance in Addington Road, near outpatients 1.

Our annual corridor art exhibition of paintings, drawings and original prints has lots of lovely present ideas for the Festive Season. 25% of proceeds go to the Hospital Art and Garden Fund.

Look out for our poster on Reading buses!

press-rbh-2017-02.pdf

 

 

 

 

Carole Stephens with Yourshire Rose

Carole Stephens with her work Yorkshire Rose which will be on display at the RGA 24th Royal Berkshire Hospital Corridor Exhibition

24th Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition

6 Nov to 16 Dec 2017

The exhibition is on display along the Link Corridors, Level 2. From the main entrance Craven Road, Reading Berkshire RG1 5AN or use south corridor entrance in Addington Road, near outpatients 1.

Our annual corridor art exhibition of paintings, drawings and original prints has lots of lovely present ideas for the Festive Season. 25% of proceeds go to the Hospital Art and Garden Fund.

press-rbh-2017.pdf

 

 

 

Oscar Wilde BIG Drawmuseam
with the RGA at
the Reading Museum

Mon 23 October 2017

10am – 4pm

Join us at the
Reading Museum
to celebrate Oscar Wilde
and The Critic as Artist exhibition.

press-big-draw-oct 2017.pdf

 

 

Carole Pembrooke

RGA member Carole Pembrooke with her Oscar Wilde lily

Flower Power to celebrate the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde

Reading Museum in collaboration with Jelly, Reading Guild of Artists (RGA), Two Rivers Press, Whiteknight’s Trail, and many independent artists and ‘makers’ celebrate the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde by commemorating his birthday on Monday 16 October.

Local Reading artists and ‘makers’ joined forces to create some stunning lilies – using a range of materials, from ceramics to fabric, paper and plastic, found objects and recycled ones, to create a unique ‘bouquet’, designed and staged by award winning florist Marc Allridge. The flowers will be debuting at Haslams, Friar Street, Reading on Monday 16 October.

press-100- lilies-2nd-PR-v1 091017.pdf

 

 

Jane Somner with her work Five a Day

Jane Somner, a Beenham Art Group member, will be exhibiting at this
year’s Reading Guild of Artists Summer Show. Jane says: "I am really looking forward to the Summer Show in June. Not only is it being held in a great space, it is also a wonderful opportunity to
exhibit my own paintings, and it gives us all a chance to see the work of other artists."

 

West Berkshire Artists at the RGA Summer Show

As well as an extensive exhibition, there will be workshops and art activities taking place most days throughout the show, with lots of works, cards and gifts for sale. Also on display will be work by the final year BA Ed Art students.


Helen Lunn, from Sulhamstead is leading a workshop at the RGA Summer Show. She says: "I am excited to be showing my water themed mixed media paintings in this lovely bright space again. Come along and join me on 19th June, for my workshop, 'Exploring Mixed Media', to create your own abstract mixed media painting. The full workshop series is on the RGA website."

press-west-berks-artists-at-summer-show.pdf

 

 

Helen Lunn in front of Water Trails

 

Summer Show flyer

rga-summer-show-2017-a5-flyer.pdf (130KB)

 

RGA Summer Show 2017

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

Thu 15th – Sun 25th June 2017
Open 10-4 daily

Free Entry

Download the press release:

press-release-rga-summer-show-2017.pdf

As well as an extensive exhibition, there will be workshops and art activities taking place most days throughout the show, with lots of works, cards and gifts for sale. Also on display will be work by the final year BA Ed Art students.

press-reading-artists-at-summer-show.pdf

 

Pipeman by Robert Fitzmaurice
Mixed media & collage

 

Carole and Linda

Carole and Linda at the new
HAT venue 23

 

Get along to a New Venue at the Henley Arts Trail

Looking for something different to do at the bank holiday weekend? Several members of the Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) are taking part in the Henley Arts Trail from 29 April to 1 May and venue 23 is a new one showing works by local artists Linda Saul and Carole Stephens.

Download the press release: press-hat-18417-1.pdf

 

Godrevy

Godrevy lighthouse by Linda Saul

 

Hooray Henley Exhibtion

Download the press release:

press-hooray-henley-md-220317.pdf (166KB)

Still time to visit ‘Hooray Henley!’ exhibition and find a truly personal Mothering Sunday present.

 

The 87th Annual Exhibition

Hooray Henley!

Sat 18th – Tue 28th March 2017
10am-4pm
Open Daily
Free Entry

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

 

Download the Hooray Henley! flyer (PDF 1.35MB)

 

 

Window Shopping
By Mary Law
Acrylic on paper

Henley high street florist catches your eye as you drive through the town centre!

 

Artists living in Henley

Download the press release:

press-henley-artists-focus.pdf (173KB)

Photographs of works being submitted to the Exhibtion are available on request, please contact: publicity@rga-artists.org.uk

 

The 87th Annual Exhibition

Hooray Henley!

Sat 18th – Tue 28th March 2017
10am-4pm
Open Daily
Free Entry

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

 

Download the Hooray Henley! flyer (PDF 1.35MB)

 

 

Work by Sue Evans

A Perfect Day
By Sue Evans

 

 

Poster for Henley Hooray!

 

The 87th Annual Exhibition

Hooray Henley!

Sat 18th – Tue 28th March 2017
10am-4pm
Open Daily
Free Entry

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

Download the press release: press-hooray-henley-v2-070317.pdf (167KB)

Download the Hooray Henley! flyer (PDF 1.35MB)

 

 

A Chef's Breakfast

A Chef's Breakfast
By Jenny Halstead

Photographs of works being submitted to the Exhibtion are available on request, please contact: publicity@rga-artists.org.uk

 

Slam Sale

Art Sale raises over £200 for Reading Museum

The recent ‘slam’ sale held by the Reading Guild of Artists, a 150-strong body of Reading artists, raised £212.85 from proceeds of sales at the event. Sales totalled £851.40 and 25% of sales (£212.85) will go to the Reading Museum.

press-release-slam-sale-2017-proceeds.pdf (169KB)

Photographs available on request, please contact: publicity@rga-artists.org.uk

  Slam sale

 

Slam Sale Poster

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

Sat 11th February 2017

10:30-15:30

All ages
Free, drop in.

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

Have a go at family art activities and watch RGA members at work. Browse through art works by RGA members, available for sale at affordable prices

Download: press-release-slam-sale-2017 (PDF 167KB)

Download: press-release-slam-sale-2017-2 (PDF 169KB)

 

 

RBH Poster

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition No 23

Christmas Art Sale

Along the Link Corridor, Level Two
best access from the South Entrance.

7th November - 17th December 2016

With Christmas less than three weeks away, now is the perfect time to pop along to the Reading Guild of Artists’ Christmas Art Sale to pick up a unique gift for a friend or family member

Download: RBH-corridor-press-release-2016-2 (PDF 59KB)

Download: RBH-corridor-press-release-2016 (PDF 143KB)

Download the poster: rbh-2016-a4-poster (PDF 1.04MB)

6 Dec 2016

 

 

Mall gallery entrance

Two artists from Reading Guild of Artists selected for prestigious international art exhibition

Linda Saul and Mick McNicholas have artwork on display at the 25th Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. 

The exhibition runs 17 - 27 November 2016.

10am - 5pm daily.

Download the Press Release:

press-discerning-eye-exhibition-2016 (PDF 42KB)

 

 

21 Nov 2016

 

 

RBH Poster

Royal Berkshire Hospital
Corridor Exhibition No 23

Christmas Art Sale

Along the Link Corridor, Level Two
best access from the South Entrance.

7th November - 17th December 2016

Download: RBH-corridor-press-release-2016 (PDF 143KB)

Download the poster: rbh-2016-a4-poster (PDF 1.04MB)

 

 

 

 

31 Oct 2016

 

 

 

 

 

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