“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.
NEWS & EVENTS
- Forbury Fiesta 130 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 Creative 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 Click 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 – events at the Turbine House There’s going to be a mixture of exhibitions at the Turbine House, Blake’s Lock, starting in the Spring 2017. Click the photo to see the latest programme and enjoy this quirky nook of Reading heritage.
- Happy Christmas The 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 Friday 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 Fantastic tile painting in Broad Street on Friday. We’re putting them up here, click the Forbury Lion tile to see them.
- Volunteering Fair Join 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 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 Local 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 809 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 We’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 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! Our 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 You can see all the places our Information Tricycle has been to on this map.
- Meadow madness Lots 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 Earn 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.
- GPS around Reading We are experimenting with The Things Network Reading on putting the information tricycle onto the ‘Internet of Things’. You may see us with a plastic box on the back of the tricycle – this is testing out sending the tricycle’s position to the network, and from that to our map. Click the map to get ...
- Arts Council grant £½m for South Street Arts Council England has awarded a grant towards the refurbishment of the South Street. Reading Council had deferred a decision on possible closure of the Arts Centre until the outcome of their Autumn bid was known.
- Tricycle & Sumer is icumen in Our tricycle as music stand/rain cover Palmer Pk 30 Jan. Click photo to hear a snippet of the work by Prof Martin Harry, Oxford Uni, some based on a compositon by Reading Abbey monks C1250 – 100 runners ran to tracks downloaded to phones/played live in the stadium.
- The Things Network Reading RG 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 ...
- Mobile information point We’re running a mobile information point around town with the support of and supporting Reading’s Year of Culture 2016 as well as helping to spread the word about other local events.
- iOpener Making trails around Reading and its environs to enhance people’s appreciation of their town and its surroundings.
- iMuse a 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.