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“IS A MUCH MALIGNED TOWN. TOO MANY PEOPLE SEE IT ONLY FROM THE RAILWAY AND DISMISS IT AS A MODERN PLACE…NO TOWN IN THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND HIDES ITS ATTRACTIONS MORE SUCCESSFULLY FROM THE VISITOR.”

We agree with John Betjeman! We are a small local charity based in Reading. We aim to work with other organisations to help enhance some of Reading’s cultural & heritage spaces (both real & virtual) and everyone’s understanding & enjoyment of them.

CURRENT PROJECTS

  • All of a Twist Flyer side 1 showing spiralWe are co-ordinating an exhibition (2-15 September) at the Turbine House to overlap with national Heritage Open Days and the new Reading-on-Thames Festival. Inspired by the turbines themselves and advised by around a dozen Reading-based scientists, the exhibition will take a light-hearted look at twisty-turny stuff in, on, above and beside Reading’s rivers. The exhibits’ areas range from twisting for strength (wool, rope…), twisting in nature from DNA, spirogyra, willow and natural twists, the river flow itself, Reading as Tornado Alley, red kites soaring, rowing & paddling and of course the river as a source of power from the Abbey watermill to turbines past, present and future.
  • Abbey on Wheels abbey on wheelsThis project is being run by Reading Museum as part of the Abbey Revealed restoration project – due to complete late Summer 2018. We are helping with our info tricycle going along to events with our tile-painting activity, encouraging visitors to create tiles inspired by those from the Abbey and to handle real artefacts from 900 years ago.
  • Turbo Charged – evaluation and events at the Turbine House imageDuring Spring & Summer 2017 we are running project ‘Turbo Charged’ evaluating uses of the Turbine House which is made available through Reading Museum for community exhibitions. Click the photo to see the latest programme and enjoy this quirky nook of Reading heritage.
  • The Things Network Reading litter picking with gpsRG Spaces is joining in this ambitious project to create a community led infrastructure covering the whole of Reading. Artists, entrepreneurs, students, hobbyists and everyone will be able to try out innovative Internet of Things projects. TTN Reading has loaned us a GPS tracking box which you can see on the back of the information tricycle. We are looking into adding further sensors to monitor environmental information as a fun and lowcost way of demonstrating the use of this new addition to Reading’s virtual space.

NEWS & EVENTS

  • Pembroke Care Open Day Tile Gallery imagePembroke Care Open Day Tile Gallery
  • East Reading Festival 2017 Tiles tles east reading festival 2017Loads of tiles painted at East Reading Festival 25 June 2017
  • Waterfest 2017 imageWaterfest 2017
  • Forbury Fiesta forburyfiestatiles130 tiles painted at Forbury Fiesta AND you could touch 900 year old tiles from Reading Abbey. Scroll down to see the gallery.
  • Turbo Charged kicks off imageCreative Xpressions’ group of artists exhibition 10am-6pm daily 8th to 17th April at the Turbine House. A fascinating mix of styles and medium – glass, light, textile, drawing and paint. Here’s Lorna using this flexible space as a studio with a work inspired by the turbine itself.
  • Dee Park 8 April 2017 Tile Gallery IMG_0250Click to see the tiles created by visitors to Dee Park, joining the 900 year old ones from Reading Abbey that Jess brought along from the Museum.
  • Turbo Charged – evaluation and events at the Turbine House imageDuring Spring & Summer 2017 we are running project ‘Turbo Charged’ evaluating uses of the Turbine House which is made available through Reading Museum for community exhibitions. Click the photo to see the latest programme and enjoy this quirky nook of Reading heritage.
  • Happy Christmas card-imageThe tricycle is back in Jackson’s all lit up for #LightUpRDG thanks to MiketheBee of RLab and the Reading Bicycle Kitchen. Click the picture to have a go at Tricycle Crush. Three in a row to hear Santa on his way.
  • Whiteknights Studio Trail comes to Town wstlogorectangleFriday 18 November 6:30pm – 9:00pm and Saturday 19 November 9:30am – 4:30pm Haslams Estate Agents Ltd, 159 Friar St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1HE
  • Tiles 117Fantastic tile painting in Broad Street on Friday. We’re putting them up here, click the Forbury Lion tile to see them.
  • Volunteering Fair volunteeringfairJoin us in Broad Street on Friday 28 October anytime 11 to 4 to have a go at tile decorating and see some of the great volunteering activities in Reading. more info
  • The Kennet’s work of art image The river Kennet puts its own artwork into our Reading and its Rivers exhibition, sound and light in the Turbine House. A video posted by Rgspaces (@rgspaces) on Sep 12, 2016 at 11:10pm PDT
  • Reading & its Rivers video imageLocal photographer Nina Hesse very kindly made this time lapse video of the setting-up, viewing and taking-down of our Reading & its Rivers exhibition in the great Turbine House space. https://youtu.be/7pe2pd4IbK8?rel=0
  • Reading and its Rivers visitors’ book wordle809 people visited our Reading and its Rivers exhibition in the Turbine House and the Family Trail around Blake’s Lock during Heritage Open Days September 2016. Here are the quotes from the visitors’ book.
  • Family Heritage Trail fishWe’ve commissioned a trail around the Blake’s Lock site (next to Bel and the Dragon Restaurant). Come along and pick up your free booklet and pencil and explore this quirky piece of Reading’s Heritage. You can check your answers here too.
  • Reading & its Rivers exhibition 3/31/04...photo © Sam Frost...phone 07790 900704..email sam@samfrostphotos.com...
photo shows the new Riverside Museum at Blakes Lock, Reading.23 Reading-based artists are showing works around the theme of Reading and its rivers in the Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, 8-11 September. Open each day from 10am-6pm entrance is free. Photo (c) Reading Museum
  • Tricycle in Jacksons! jacksons windowOur Information Tricycle is in the window of this iconic Reading building thanks to Reading Bicycle Kitchen. Here it’s emblazoned with Reading Fringe Festival (20-24 July 2016) info.
  • Tricycle map tricyclemapYou can see all the places our Information Tricycle has been to on this map.
  • Meadow madness imageLots of fun at Forbury Gardens start of Children’s Festival. Here’s the BFG who has just caught our new Lion.
  • Beat the Street with the Tricycle A family using the Beat the Street box outside Bowery DistrictEarn bonus points with Beat the Street if you find the tricycle with the beat box. Here’s the first family that did it – at The Bowery District during the Are You Listening Festival.

OTHER PROJECTS

  • Information Tricycle IMG_4840Our Information tricycle is now ready to come to events.
  • iOpener two rivers and a canalMaking trails around Reading and its environs to enhance people’s appreciation of their town and its surroundings.
  • iMuse interfacea programme of short projects demonstrating how IT can help small and medium sized museums and galleries become more accessible and fun – without spending very large sums of money!
  • If you’d like to contact us please use this form. We are rather small, and with just voluntary helpers, but aim to look at and respond to messages within 1-2 days.

RG Spaces is registered by the Charity Commission for England and Wales as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation number 1160023. It holds the Safe & Sound governance quality award.

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