The Whitle Art Trail in 2011 created a real impact. Martin Creed, Mark Aerial Waller, T.Ry.I.P.O.D., Ann Rapstoff and Steve McPhereson - the legacy lives on
In 2011, we worked with over 1700 people from Reading. Half of those were from Whitley. We held over 60 workshops in 20 different venues, engaging people from the age of 2 to 85.
Due to the national coverage we received, we managed to reach nearly 1 million people.
As ever there will be a full programme of activities in Whitley run by Aspire2 and other local organisations. From Fire demos, to arts and crafts workshops, including Shine a showcase of local music and dance talent. Click here for more information.
Also many of the projects that we run involve residents from Whitley, including St Mary's Project, in which the residents have contributed to the Sound scape by Chris Lambert and Chris McKeeman's interactive video.
Reading UK CIC helps Reading, and its certainly helped the festival this year, with financial and administrative support, for which we are very grateful.
We would like to thank reading Borough Council for their continued support too.
If you are interested in volunteering for the festival, either this year or next, please get in touch via our contact page
The Whitley Arts Festival is looking for a Reading resident to take up a 1 day per week volunteer post as a project manager and administrator. The commitment would be a flexible one, with a build up of duties in the lead up to the festival.
We are looking for someone to begin this year for the 2012 festival, and carry through to the festival in 2013.
As the festival grows, we aim to make this post a paid job. If you are interested in being involved, please contact us
12TH OCTOBER - 4TH NOVEMBER
GROUND BREAKING ART IN READING
HIGHLIGHTS - STARTING THIS WEEK!
SIOBHAN DAVIES DANCE LIVE PERFORMANCE
ST MARY'S PROJECT: 12 OCTOBER
St Mary's Project 2012 presents a series of directly related works with an emphasis on performance. In 2010 as part of ROTOR, Siobhan Davies choreographed 'The Score,' a short film featuring four dancers that was shared with nine artists to trigger new work. We present this film alongside Songbook by Matteo Fagion, his response to The Score. Originally created as a quartet it has been adapted as a duet for the Festival.
The template of one work being used to generate another is continued throughout the exhibition including the Church its self being used as the originator in a number of pieces. Other inspirations include Arthur Rimbaud, one time resident of Reading and the towns people themselves. Artists include Michael Fairfax, Julia Rogers and Sean Burn.
With plenty of brand new works, it is an event not to be missed. Full details for the event on 12th October can be found on the here
Annie Lok and Andrea Buckley in Songbook by Matteo Fargion for ROTOR 2010. Photo Pari Naderi. Top Panel Photo by Rachel Cherry
GALLERY3: RUNING EVERY DAY
Jiri Kovanda's work is minimalist and conceptual. His fascinating career now spreads as far as Reading (even though he never sets foot here) with an exhibition of new pieces from Kovanda, that he has never seen or touched. For more on this unique trail, that runs throughout the festival. Click here for more
Jiri Kovanda: From here to the End of the World
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: 20th OCTOBER
A diverse mix artists, including Nigel and Louise from Shunt
So much interest has been shown in the event that we have had to move to a larger venue at Mannakoo this year, 'What The Butler Saw' will feature an 'intervention' by Nigel and Louise (Shunt, National Theatre) as well as a great mix of bands (including Tripwires and Bear & the Woods) live one on one puppetry, distorted cabaret and other interactive performances and exhibits. More details for the 20th October event here.
Nigel and Louise: What The Butler Saw
Hogarth Productions has been asked to be involved in the building of a piece of pubic art in Whitley. We're interested in finding out what you think. Click here to find out more and fill in the survey...
Reading Experimental Film Festival continues to innovate with two events this year. Lovecare where artists film mixes with spoken word and music and Submissions and Commissions with world premieres from left field experimenter Ian Helliwell and local innovator Maria Deegan.
Since the 18th October, something has been happening every Saturday in Broad Street.
Whitley artist and WAF regular Pete Montford has curated a series of happenings that melt seamlessly into the flow of everyday life and the people who perceive them may well identify them as bizarre, absurd, unusual or maybe even supernatural. Did you pass on this week end?
In 2010 Hogarth Productions brought two unique plays to the festival. One set in a camper van, the other in a local residents house.
Two years later Sitelines is born, a festival of theatre in unusual spaces, including pieces by Unfinished Business, Red Herring Hogarth Productions. For full details click here
At the Whitley Arts Festival, we like to champion local events that are happening...
Tamesis Chamber Choir, who sang the world premiere of Raymond Yiu's Timeless Way of Cities have released a CD of their recent work. More info can be found here
At St Mary's Church reading based theatre company Reading Between The Lines are mounting Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for more information click here
There's a reunion gig on the 20th October featuring RDF, Pressgang, Lucid and Junction 13 - click here for more details.