A quick sketch of the iron bridge near Blake’s Lock. I was particularly fascinated by the growth in the end pillar. Buddleia has seeded itself in the crevices of the structure and has managed to grow profusely! It’s curious, but I love to see nature finding its way back into our often sterile man-made environment. Brian
I have discovered so much around the area of Blakes Lock, it has been a real surprise. In a strange way, although it oozes a sense of industrial grittiness and history, it has also been rather romantic, especially with Artikinesis’ own collaborative poet reciting in the background above the constant rush of pressured water underneath the Turbine Room.
My fellow artists’ enthusiasm and support has meant that, once again, we are creating a genuine response to our location and there is an either literal or enigmatic relationship between the site and the Artwork.
I think this exhibition is going to be very special, as it has been unpremeditated and immediate.
This is a prototype for the handmade books that we’ll be making for the Blake’s Lock exhibition. The covers and binding material will vary, but the books will all use a Japanese-style binding, and they will contain poems and woodcut prints based on artwork from our Blake’s Lock exhibition.
The poems are all written by an exciting young poet, Duncan Lawrey, who is working with us for this project. He is writing poems inspired by our artwork, and we are making woodcuts based on the same artwork. We are printing our woodcuts in a Japanese style, using the beautiful, translucent Kozo paper. The poems are to be printed onto another Japanese paper, Simili.
“The Screw” is Duncan’s poem for one of Amanda’s paintings, “Thomson Turbine”, which is shown below along with its woodcut print.
The books will be available to purchase at Blake’s Lock during the exhibition.
Artikinesis at Blake’s Lock 17 September – 1 October 2016
Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock,
Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH
17 September – 1 October 2016 – free entry art exhibition
Not far from the hustle of central Reading there is Blake’s Lock. Along this quiet backwater, five artists and a poet came, saw, recorded their findings and expressed their feelings.
Now at the Riverside Museum’s Turbine House gallery, you can share their experiences and discover hidden Reading for yourself.
Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock, off Kenavon Drive, Reading, RG1 3DH
(access through car park of the Bel and Dragon restaurant)
Exhibition opening times
Every day 17 Sept – 30 Sept: 10.00 – 18.00
Final day 1 October exhibition closes at 15.00
The Newbury Weekly News published an online article on The Basingstoke Project today. Read it here.
If you’re confused about where we’re from (Newbury? Basingstoke?), that’s easily explained – some of us live in West Berkshire, some of us in Basingstoke and Deane.
We are all local artists, and we decided to join forces after discovering how much we had in common during last May’s West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios.
The Basingstoke Project
is our first collaborative project, and our first exhibition together as a group. We decided to focus on the town because it is a natural focus point, and because we didn’t think that Basingstoke had come under artistic scrutiny very often in the past.
We set out to create:
an active, reactive, artistic response to the people, places, buildings and character of Basingstoke.
A project to inspire and surprise.
In the course of the project, we learned to look again at the town. We were inspired. We were surprised.
We found hidden gems; we found delight in the familiar; we found our own visions of Basingstoke.
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition, and that you leave with your eyes and your mind open, and with joy in your heart.
Today we started installing the the Basingstoke Project. I had to leave early for domestic reasons, but I know it is in safe hands.
The following is a “pre-preview review” that I posted yesterday on my own blog:
I have seen the whole of the Basingstoke Project, and it is good. I speak not of my own work, but of the others’. Uncertainty and frustration may have plagued various members of the group at different times, but all five of us have pulled through and, indeed, pulled something rather magical out of the hat.
I can’t show you pictures (not yet), but I can describe how…
… Adeliza has produced an intriguing series of oil portraits in her distinctive style. How to describe that style? Ornate, chaotic, elaborate, deliberate, often tending towards red…
… Brian has demonstrated how the simple medium of pen and ink can have depth, and wit, and enormous variety. He has pushed his illustrative style into new realms (in one case, quite literally!) for this exhibition.
… Elinor has produced some of the most striking images. Hard lines and curves, perfectly placed, shown to perfection in gleaming prints on aluminium.
… Rosemary has scoured Basingstoke for the bold shapes and brilliant colours that typify her work. Dark dryads and thrillingly vibrant fruit meet the sharp lines of modern architecture. Abstraction is never far away, but is only fully expressed in one work.