In 2011 we embarked on our most ambitious year yet. A groundbreaking exhibition of contemporary art in ordinary homes still lives on. Working with Martin Creed, Mark Aerial Waller, Steve McPhereson, T.R.I.P.O.D. and Ann Rapstoff has left its mark.

Martin Creed's 'work no. 88 a sheet of a4 paper crumpled into a ball' caused a lot of interest and enjoyment. A lot of people found the exhibit genuinely amusing - it's still being talked about today!

Most profoundly Steve McPhereson's work, 'The Whitley Cup' has been exhibited at Reading Museum for four months and will be resident at the Hilton Hotel in Whitey for the duration of the 2012 festival.

The proud Whitley resident whose house originally exhibited the work has become a loyal supporter of the festival, and been involved in outreach and fundraising initiatives. Other residents and organisations have enjoyed a continued relationship with WAF.

Also part of that exhibition, Mark Aerial Waller has been a closely involved with the festival for the past four years (he was the festival's first major commission in 2009, and exhibited also in 2012). He is currently in Vilnius, making a daily film series for the baltic trienniale. Check it out through his web site

St Mary's Project 2011, featured a world premier of the specially commissioned 'Timeless Way of Cities' by Raymond Yiu, previewed on Radio 3.
Recently he has written the music for a play 'Elegy' which is coming to London at Theatre 503. He also has the first performance of his piece for the BBC Symphony Orchestra at Barbican coming up in Jan 2013 'The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured'. Like 'Timeless Way of Cities' it is another piece related to a city, and London in particular.

Reading based artist Jo Thomas has ben involved in the festival for a few years now creating the 'h e r e a b o u s' exhibition and experience, as well as curating 'The Whitley Art Trail' Recently she was invited to take part in Cultivation Field an exhibition curated by Kate Corder that included over 30 international artists and broadly explored plant and land cultivation.

The exhibition included the longest day of the year 21st June. Her contribution was to note the solar noon shadows of small plants in the grounds of the Keep. Each day (weather allowing) I gilded the shape of one of these shadows with gold leaf. This gilding is an action of valuing these small persistent plants that survive and thrive amongst the cracks in the tarmac. The marks are still in place as the plants have grown or died and the days shorten.

Marking their shadows offers a reminder of the wider cycles of time that we exist within and simultaneously draws attention to the coming and going of these plants, their fragility and resilience.

This work (and that undertaken with Whitley Arts Festival) is contributing to a practise based PhD she is due to complete at Oxford Brookes University in 2013.

Martin Creed

Steve McPhereson

Mark Aerial Waller

Raymond Yiu

JO THOMAS - Solar Noon Shadows