PRESS

Updated: 8 Sep 2021


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

 

Newspaper
Caversham Bridge
local newspaper

Local community newspaper champions local artists

Residents of Caversham are lucky to have this wonderful monthly newspaper to find out about all things local. Especially interesting are the environmental news stories, support for independent businesses, and for us at the RGA, coverage of our local artists.

Check out the September 2021 issue for coverage of several of our artists. On the centre spread, pages 10 and 11, a retrospective look at the summer's activities "Creative Caversham – September '21 Art on tour - ARTISTS TAKE TO THE ROAD", an insight into what to look forward to "Showing this September" and "Crafty Ways to Raise Funds" and on the cover "Caversham Artisan & Farmers Market".

The paper is available locally for 50p and online Caversham Bridge community newspaper (September 2021)

 


Purple flowers in a two handled jug
Purple Profusion
by Janina Maher

Reading Guild of Artists - back at the RBH for the 26th Charity Art Sale

The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) is pleased to announce the return to the corridors of the Royal Berkshire Hospital for its 26th Charity Art Sale, and its first physical exhibition for 16 months. It's been a long time coming after all the lockdowns and restrictions of the past many months. Trish Roberts, the new Exhibitions Secretary of the RGA, oversaw the exhibition team working well together to present a colourful and varied display of members' art works. The exhibition is open until 28th August and 25% of sales will be donated to the 'Royal Berks Charity'.

press-release-rbh-2021.pdf (109KB)

Caversham Bridge community newspaper (August 2021 What's On)

That's TV (interview with Paul Woolley)

 

Woman in mask holding sign

Trish Roberts is delighted with the new exhibition and hopes that the wide variety of art works, the range of subject matter and the joy of seeing 'art in the flesh' will be a source of great pleasure for all who spend some time looking as they walk along the 2nd floor link corridor at the hospital.

RGA member, Janina Maher, is exhibiting her mixed media piece 'Purple Profusion'. Janina is a tutor and practitioner of mono-printing and has incorporated some of her prints into paintings. This vibrant work of art is one of her beautiful, finished pieces. She said "The exhibition (at the RBH) helps brighten the corridors for patients and visitors and gives local artists the opportunity to reach a wider audience". It also gives art lovers who visit the hospital an opportunity to buy and own original art whilst at the same time helping to support the hospital charity.

 


Woman standing next to painting
Fiona Talkington with Nina O'Connell's winning work

Winners of the prestigious Marie Dyson Award announced at the RGA's 90th Annual Exhibition 'Reconnected'

The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) has released the names of this year's recipients of the Marie Dyson Award. BBC Radio 3 presenter, Fiona Talkington said "it was a privilege to be asked to assess the works exhibited at the RGA's 90th Annual Exhibition. It was also extremely difficult: there were many contenders".

press-release-marie-dyson-award-winners.pdf (110KB)

 

Woman standing with painting
Fiona Talkington with Jenny Halstead's winning work

Whilst contemplating the many works on display Fiona commented that the Guild had shown, once again why art is so important, not just for those who make 'all this amazing work' but also for the effect on us as visitors who spend time with each work. She also admired the huge amount of work that goes into mounting such an exhibition including the 'painstaking work of hanging'.

All these works can be seen at the Reconnected Exhibition, along with over 150 other pieces, at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley until 27th July 2021.

 

Pink square poster for the exhibition

Reading Guild of Artists' 90th Annual Exhibition

'Reconnected' 16th – 27th July 2021

Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) is delighted to announce that its 90th Annual Exhibition, 'Reconnected' will take place from 16th to 27th July at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley. Over a year since the Guild last exhibited in Henley, only days before the first lockdown, it will be a wonderful opportunity for their members to show the results of their 'creativity under quarantine' and to reconnect with the viewing public in Henley.

press-90th-annual-exhibition-2021.pdf (111KB)

That's TV (interview with Jane Somner)

Login to BBC Sounds and listen to our team of Liz, Shelagh and Mick taking part in the Saturday Quiz on Bridgitte Tetteh, BBC Radio Berkshire (the quiz starts 3 hours 8 mins into the show).

Henley Herald: First Weekend of Arts Trail Draws in the Crowds


Poster design for the exhibition

Reading Guild of Artists' Online Exhibition
'Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading'

Summer Supplement

Having had such a wonderful response to their Online Exhibition "Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading" the Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) has released the third instalment of their major Online Art Exhibition with a "Summer Supplement" with a fresh look now that summer has arrived.

With 51 local artists, both established and new, presenting 220 art works in paint, pencil, ink, collage, mixed media, found objects and more, this exhibition is a true appreciation of the creative spirit in Reading.

For interviews, photographs and further information please contact Jane at publicity@rga-artists.org.uk

Please download the e-poster


poster for while we wait

Reading Guild of Artists' new online Exhibition
'while we wait' is open!

The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) is pleased to announce a new online Exhibition 'while we wait'. There are plans for exhibitions during 2021 but while we wait the RGA is now offering two online exhibition experiences, the new show just released. Multi-media artist and acting Chair of the RGA, Paul Woolley's work Bilbao Landscape was used for the eye-catching poster.

Members of the RGA have again come up trumps with a wonderful selection of work for everyone to enjoy. Included are pieces by members who joined last year, who haven't yet had the opportunity to exhibit with the Guild 'physically'.

press-release-while-we-wait.pdf (PDF 109KB)

 

Media coverage of "while we wait":

Henley Standard

Wokingham.Today

That's TV (interview with Jane Somner)


Colourful drawing of the RBH frontage

Reading Guild of Artists' Online Exhibition
'Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading'

Expanded & Revisited!

The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) is pleased to announce a new 'Guest Choice' from its online exhibition 'Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading'. Broadcaster, writer, curator and Radio 3 presenter, Fiona Talkington has chosen Mohan Banerji's 'The Royal Berkshire Hospital'. Reading is Fiona's home town and she says although she has seen so little of the town over the last year, the RGA online exhibition has allowed her to 'step foot' into Reading again.

press-release-rga-online-exhibition-jan-2021.pdf (PDF 109KB)


Poster design for the exhibition

Reading Guild of Artists' Online Exhibition
'Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading'

Expanded & Revisited!

The Reading Guild of Artists (RGA) has released the second stage of the autumn Online Art Exhibition. Members of the Guild have created more beautiful works in celebration of Reading and the surrounding towns and countryside. Martina Hildebrandt, exhibition curator, is thrilled by the number of new works submitted and the imagination and creativity that the artists display in their work.

Already the positive feedback from 'virtual visitors' to the exhibition has been encouraging. "Whilst museums and art galleries have had to close again, it is with additional pleasure that we can roam through the rooms of this exhibition and experience a fantastic selection of work". Another response was "It's a joy to wander round at leisure from my own armchair! I can re-enter a room, stand and gaze with nobody wanting to share my view." No one way system here!

press-release-rga-online-exhibition-nov-2020-v2.pdf (PDF 122KB)


Poster design for the exhibition

Reading Guild of Artists' Online Exhibition
'Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading'

Reading Guild of Artists' (RGA) is thrilled to announce the opening of its first on-line exhibition, 90 years after the Guild was founded in 1930. Billed as the first instalment of 'Celebrating our Town – Discover Reading'.

Visitors are invited to roam, at their leisure, from 'room to room' without having to worry about social distancing and enjoy an artist's view of the town, the countryside and the people of Reading. Art lovers can purchase works created by members of the RGA, in all styles and media. One visitor commented 'it is so beautifully presented, informative and elegantly hung'.

press-release-rga-online-exhibition-2020-v1.pdf (PDF 104KB)


Press cutting from Henley Standard

Guild's exhibition celebrates life and music of late Beatle

by Phil Simms

Henley Standard
27 Feb 2020

Feature including interview with Carole Stephens and Clive Duncan.

Artwork featured Sunlight by Carole Stephens.

"It could be called Here comes the Sun, as morning light strikes a strange still-life of pots and star-like flowers. Collage with Cyanotype and monoprint."

Poster design for the exhibition

Reading Guild of Artists' Spring Exhibition,
'Here Comes the Sun, Harrison in Henley'

Reading Guild of Artists' (RGA) Spring Exhibition, 'Here Comes the Sun" comes to Henley – described as an exhibition 'inspired by Harrison in Henley', the Old Fire Station Gallery will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm, from Friday 6th March until Monday 16th March.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase works of art created by members of the RGA, in all styles and media, with a 'George Harrison in Henley' inspired theme.

The Spring Exhibition in Henley is the first RGA public event in 2020, the 90th Anniversary year since the founding of the Guild in 1930.

press-rga-spring-exhibition-henley-2020.pdf (106KB)

 

Coverage by the Henley Herald

 


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