See http://100.rgspaces.org.uk to find out more about our 100 Paintings of Reading project with local artist Liz Kerry. An ambtious project to create 100 small oil paintings of spaces around Reading.
RG Spaces is running a couple of events to celebrate 100 years of (some) women being allowed to vote in UK Parliamentary elections and 90 years of universal suffrage (when most people over 21 got the vote)
On June 22 and 23 2018 we are running Equaliteas in the Central Library Reading – free tea and cake 2.30 to 4.30pm
On the weekends of 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 September 2018 we are opening the Acacias, London Rd during the national Heritage Open Days 12noon to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 8,9 and 15,16 September 2018 12noon-6pm FREE!
Acacias, University of Reading London Rd Campus (enter by Crown Street – free car parking)
We are working with several University-related organisations and the Two Rivers Press, opening up the Acacias on London Road during the national Heritage Open Days in September, with a particular emphasis on Edith Morley, the country’s first female professor who was also noted for her work with refugees and her campaigning for women’s education and suffrage.
The Acacias was a Palmer family residence which they donated to the University College Reading.
*Please note – there are a couple of steps to get into the Acacias. This should be possible with a manual wheelchair (we can give assistance if needed) but may be difficult for a heavy motorised wheelchair. The Dairy Cafe and the Museum of English Rural Life on the same site have step-free access. Accessible toilets available there.*
We are working with Reading Central Library to refurbish their exhibition space and make it better known. It now has new spot lighting and hanging system. The Library offers the space for local artists and others for a rolling programme of exhibitions. We are running a small website holybrook.gallery which has information on exhibitions and how to book the space.
Click the image to see a roundup of the comments visitors left in our book during All of a Twist exhibition at the Turbine House. We counted 1012 visitors in all.
As part of Heritage Open Days 7-10 September 2017 we have some extra twists in our All of a Twist exhibition.
|Thurs & Fri morning||Jelly Tots workshops||Booking for Jelly Tots workshop not essential but advised|
|Sat & Sun morning||Mini drop spindle workshops every half hour 10-12noon|
|Sat afternoon||Spinning wheel demo from 2.30pm|
|Sun morning||Willow weaving demo from 10am|
|Sun afternoon||Dropspindling demonstration from 2:30|
- Risk Assessment for Water Fest 2018
- Heritage Open Days Acacias September 2018
- Risk assessment for East Reading Festival 2018
- Risk assessment for pump demo Blakes Lock
- Risk Assessment All of a Twist 2017
- Risk assessment Pembroke Care Open Day July 2017
- Risk assessment Heritage Trail Day 7 May 2017
- Risk assessment Turbo Charged tricycle
- Risk assessment East Reading Festival 2017
- Risk assessment for Volunteering Fair 2016
- Risk assessment for HODs RG Spaces at the Turbine House
- Risk assessment for information bicycle
- Risk assessment for East Reading Festival
- Risk assessment for information tricycle
We 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.
This project is being run by Reading Museum as part of the Abbey Revealed restoration project. We helped 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. We passed the activity on to the Museum who run it as ‘Medieval Tile Painting’ – encouraging people to look closely at Abbey artefacts while providing an absorbing activity.
130 tiles painted at Forbury Fiesta AND you could touch 900 year old tiles from Reading Abbey. Scroll down to see the gallery.
Click here to see the answers to the trail questions in our Riverside Trail.
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.
You can read our annual reports, find a list of our trustees, information on how to contact us on the Charity Commission website.
For the couple who believed they had everything they needed – well, they have now:
Click to see the Mark and Felix full picture
During Spring & Summer 2017 we ran project ‘Turbo Charged’ evaluating uses of the Turbine House which is made available through Reading Museum for community exhibitions. We submitted a report to the Museum with recommendations in October 2017. Click the photo to see this quirky nook of Reading heritage.
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.
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
Reading Marine Cadets painting a camouflage tile at Reading Voluntary Action’s Volunteering Fair in Broad Street 28 October 2016.
Can’t see your tile? Or left your tile behind with us? Whoops! Contact us to let us know.
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
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.
A visitor tweeted:
“…my first visit today. A hidden gem in a hidden corner – will be back!“
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.
Visited on a lovely sunny day – most interesting and enjoyable
Very interesting exhibition
Well laid out. Friendly volunteers. Great views of heron too.
Great venue. Superb exhibition.
It’s the variety of response that appeals most good work
Amazing so much history
Lovely range of talent.Beautiful location.
Really interesting visit
Nice to see it again
A surprise in an ordinary day thank you
Very inspiring range of fab work in marvelous location
Another triumph for Reading
Love it. Familiar scenes and magical interpretations. Always love the work of Carol Stephens Jenny and Rukshi thank you.
Enjoyed the exhibition very much
Lovely to look and learn more about our town
Lovely exhibition in a beautiful venue
Great selection in fabulous venue
Fab venue for some great artwork
Brilliant result from the artists and hanging committee -chapeau
Great to see the building being used and such interesting works. Really enjoyable
Lovely show why only 3/4 days long
Fab great exhibition
Can’t wait to see more – what a find!
So much variety thank you
Perfect venue for this exhibition. Lovely work
Wonderful images set in amazing place
Interesting exhibition and venue thank you
Really enjoyed finding out about a very historic part of Reading
Fabulous thank you
Lovely thank you (the heron and the kingfisher were an added bonus)
Great Reading show in a brilliant exhibition space
creative stuff by many names that we recognise thank you
What a find. I’ll be back thank you
beautiful and inspiring lovely exhibition in great venue thank you
Really interesting range of art
Many thanks everyone X
So great to see this wondrous space full of art work celebrating the area and representing so many artists in Reading
Lovely artistic work. Good trail to keep the kids occupied
Interesting and scenic view of the lock
Incredible building. Very interesting themed art collection. Wish I could afford!
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 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.
We’ve created 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 too.
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
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.
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Lots of fun at Forbury Gardens start of Children’s Festival. Here’s the BFG who has just caught our new Lion.
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.
We’ll be there showing you how to get your tricycle onto the Internet of Things. See you there.
- University Women’s Club
- Reading Year of Culture Launch Event
- Cultural Life 2016
- Chalkboard Cafe
- St Barts Theatre Dance Studio
- St Luke’s Church
- Call of the bells – Jelly
- Broad Street
- Aldworth Philharmonic
- Sir Roger Bannister at the Concert Hall
- Urban Orchestra Readipop
- Exercise Book Palmer Stadium
- Broad Street
- Caversham Library Rhymetime
- Reading Library Rhymetime
- Whitley Library Rhymetime
- Market Place Food Market
- Guild of Artists
- Launchpad Pancake Race
- Amersham Road Community Social Saturday
- Chinese New Year
- Steam Locomotive
- Battle Library Rhymetime
- Palmer Park Library
- Reading University Spring Concert
- Clean For the Queen with Redlands Globe
- Edith Morley Lecture – Karen Blackett
- Southcote Library Rhymetime
- Community Centre Amersham Road
- Reading Youth Orchestra
- Reading 2050 Bus Broad Street
- Reading 2050 Bus (Station Forecourt)
- POD Sonic Art Works Culture Secretary Visit
- Southcote Library Coffee Morning and Consultation
- Reading Half Marathon
- Social Saturday Amersham Road
- Open hand open space
- The Bowery District
- TIlehurst Library
- Madejski Stadium
- Green Park Futurefest
- Meadow Madness
- Giants procession with Beat the Street
- RBH Summer Fete
- Big Band Lunch
- Whiteknights Studio Trail
- Christchurch Green for Whiteknights Studio Trail
- Cafe Yolk
- Chilli Cook Off
- East Reading Festival
- Oxford Road Festival
- Jackson’s Corner – Reading Bicycle Kitchen
- Blake’s Lock during National Heritage Open Days
- Volunteering fair Broad Street
- Whiteknight Studio Trail comes to Town
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 the most recent info.
With the help of Mark from @MarkStanleyUK and Mike the Bee of RLab, Reading’s Hackspace, we are experimenting with a GPS sensor to put our @Reading2016 Information Tricycle on
The Things Network in Reading
You can see where the GPS sensor has been (and when, relative to today) and The Things Network gateways that were used, and you can get a sense of the relative SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio) and RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication)