Whitley Arts Festival 2011

The Whitley Arts Festival started on the 13th October and if you haven't been yet to eg The Butler http://www.femalearts.com/node/125 you'll have missed some of it. But there is still a week left, so please check out the schedule and enjoy!



“A great mix of contemporary arts which Reading can be truly proud of. This is set to become THE Reading Festival” – Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction


Thur 13th Oct – Sat 15th Oct Gallery 3 Workhouse: (8am-6pm) Blagrave (11.30am- 12pm) Picnic (7am-6pm) Workhouse Coffee Shop, Blagrave Arms & Picnic Free
Fri 14th Oct St Mary’s Project 7.00pm – 11.00pm St Mary’s Church £4.00
Fri 14th Oct – Sat 15th Oct Nuit Blanche 7.00pm – 7.00am Multi Venues Vary
Fri 14th Oct – Sat 29th Oct (Tues – Sat only) Takeaway Gallery – Jo Quinn 10.00am – 5.30pm Takeaway Gallery Free
Fri 14th Oct – Mon 31st Oct Art in a Pub – Shane Gunning 4.30pm – 11pm Retreat Pub Free
Tues 18th Oct First Grader 8.00pm Reading Film Theatre £5.50 (£4.00)
Tues 18th Oct Film in a Pub – ‘The Way Things Go’ 8.00pm Retreat Pub Free
Wed 19th Oct Death Song 8.00pm South Street Arts Centre £10.00 (£8.50)
Thurs 20th Oct Pitoche 8.00pm Reading Film Theatre £5.50 (£4.00)
Fri 21st Oct Stand Up Cinema – Carmen Jones 7.30pm Rising Sun Arts Centre £4.00
Sat 22nd Oct What The Butler Saw 7.00pm – 1.00am Butler Pub £3.50
Tues 25th Oct Tree of Life 7.15pm Reading Film Theatre £5.50 (£4.00)
Tues 25th Oct Ghost Town 8.00pm Jelly Gallery £10.00 (£8.50)
Wed 26th Oct Ghost Town 8.00pm Jelly Gallery £10.00 (£8.50)
Thur 27th Oct Julia’s Eyes 7.45pm Reading Film Theatre £5.50 (£4.00)
Friday 28th Oct Whitley Art Trail 5.00pm – 9.00pm Litton Road Free
Sat 29th Oct Reading Experimental Film Festival 7.00pm – 10.30pm Rising Sun Arts Centre £6.00 (£5.00)

Turner Prize winner Martin Creed, BASCA Award winner Raymond Yiu, Tate exhibited Mark Aerial Waller and many more groundbreaking artists head up a rich and vibrant programme of art in ordinary homes, theatre in unusual places, the real voice of the community with experimental film, music and performance art.

Embedded in the heart of Reading, focussed locally, but working internationally, the Whitley Arts Festival 2011 encourages new approaches to the artistic experience; commissioning new work and experimenting across artforms.
Formal and informal notions of art & music collide in The Whitley Arts Festival’s Major Commission: an interactive contemporary arts exhibition transforming the architectural treasure of St Mary’s Church with a centrepiece world premiere of a Raymond Yiu. The exhibition will feature work from artists Philip Newcombe, Natasha Zavialov and Mark Langley.
Martin Creed headlines a pioneering world-class art curation in an involved, community-connecting setting. The Whitley Art Trail uses local homes as galleries: placing award winning art in Whitley homes and inviting the public in. Working closely with the curator Jo Thomas, the householders become guides – touring, explaining and framing the art in this personal context. Artists this year include Mark Aerial Waller, Steve McPherson, Ann Rapstoff and T.R.I.P.O.D.

All this supported by a programme of innovative music, art and film:
• What The Butler Saw a rich evening of experimental rock and pop, contemporary and performance art. Featuring Martin Creed Maria Deegan and her Eyelash Orchestra; Ed Quick’s dynamic, virtually-sculptural installations, as Reading band Amy’s Ghost, handing over the sound production reigns to the public in a live, audience controlled remix.
• Reading Experimental Film Festival has a specially created programme from Mike Sperlinger (Assistant Director, LUX) and world premiere music to film by Jessica Curry
• ‘Three artists. Three pieces. In three spaces. For three days': Gallery3 championing the work of international artists living in Reading, including Jon Lockhart and Anne Wilson
• Award winning Limbic Theatre present Ghost Town, in a secret office location.
• Vegas comes to Reading in Death Song - emotionally charged, pioneering theatre by You Need Me
• Art and film, spread through the town featuring work by Jo Quinn, Yuriy Norshteyn, Peter Fischli & David Weiss

Whitley Arts Festival is an innovative and nationally focussed festival that celebrates and provides a platform for new work. The festival includes exhibitions of new work and retrospectives of renowned artists, seminars, workshops, screenings, master classes and awards. WAF was launched in 2004 in Whitley, South Reading – one of the 5% poorest wards in the UK. In 2008 witnessed the addition of the Reading Experimental Film Festival, the first commissioning strands that continue to this day. Notable Whitley Arts Festival commissions include Mark Aerial Waller’s film ‘Karpouziaaa’ in 2009, subsequently selected for exhibition by the Tate, Matt Hulse’s Audible Picture Show, created for the 2008 festival and which continues to tour internationally. The festival takes place across the last two weeks of October. The festival attracts an audience of over 3000.

All tickets available on the door, to reserve tickets for collection contact info@whitleyartsfestival.co.uk

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