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Submissions are now open for #rdg arts week

Reading is rightly proud of it’s arts and culture and it’s festival spirit.  Obivously we have one of the most well known rock festivals in the country here but we also have lots of smaller festivals.  Our arts festival is in June and we’re now opening up applications for submission from local artists or craftspeople.  It’s a great opportunity to showcase your work whether you are a professional or amateur.  There’s also a chance to win a space for a pop up exhibition of your work during the week.

Council press release below:  

Local artists and artisans in Reading and surrounding area are invited to submit up to two original works of art for the annual community art exhibition and week long festival.

Submitting work into Reading Arts Week is open to anyone over the age of 16 living or working in the greater Reading area. You needn’t be a professional established artist, may be you enjoy painting or taking photographs or are currently on a part-time creative course and would like to enter your work into the exhibition.

You can submit paintings, sculpture, photography, textiles, ceramics, furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery and digital art including video.

Reading Arts Week is a week-long event taking place from 23 to 29 June showcasing emerging and established artists from across Reading. The week launches with a two day public art exhibition at the Penta Reading Hotel. Other events and pop-up exhibitions will be taking place throughout the week at various locations including Market Place and Caversham Court Gardens.

You can submit a maximum of two works, for a supporting fee of £15.00.. There is no charge for those who are currently studying on a full or part time course in the Reading area. Deadline for submissions is on Thursday 31 May 2012.

To submit work simply visit and complete the online submission form.

This year we are giving all applicants the chance to be entered into a competition to have a free space for a pop-up outdoor exhibition of their work at two special events during Reading Arts Week on Wednesday 27 June in Market Place and/or Friday 29 June 2012 in Caversham Court Gardens.
Last year over 300 pieces of work were submitted and exhibited at the Reading Arts Week Exhibition. These included adult learners from New Directions, students from Reading College and local residents with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Reading Arts Week is organised by Reading Borough Council working with New Directions and Reading College. This year’s sponsors are The Reading Chronicle and Reading Midweek, Penta Reading Hotel and Lamport Gilbert.

John Ennis, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education and Children’s Services, said: ‘Reading Arts Week is an excellent event to showcase talented learners and local artists that are inspired to produce superb pieces of art and fashion through services like New Directions. I thoroughly enjoyed the event in 2011 and look forward to attending and viewing the impressive works of art on show, produced by local Reading people.’

Marian Livingston, Lead Councillor for Culture and Sport, said: ‘Reading has many amazing talented people. If you are one of them then don’t miss this great opportunity to show your talents to a wider audience.’

This year we are looking for a number of Volunteers to help organise this year’s exhibitions and events. If you would like to find out more information email or call 0118 937 2373.

You can find more details about Reading Arts Week on Facebook at on Twitter @readingartsweek, or by calling Chris Brant on 0118 937 2373 or email 

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