Help OHOS present new work by exciting artists


OHOS is delighted to announce the line-up of artists exhibiting in 'Beyond Otherness', our July 2021 exhibition and event programme, facilitated by OHOS artist Peter Driver:

Nacheal Catnott
G.K. Field
Thirsika Jeyapalan
Maryam Kazimi
Ollie Musson
Tomilola Olumide
Oren Shoesmith

The symposium on 17th July will be chaired by international artist Harold Offeh. 
More details about the programme will be released soon. Meanwhile, if you would like to support this opportunity for recent graduates and emerging artists, we would welcome your donation.

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the arts and cultural sector.  With our eyes set on creating new opportunities post-lockdown, we are raising money to supplement the budget for a new exhibition and a series of new commissions by talented emerging artists, in July 2021.

Beyond Otherness will be a ten-day public programme including an exhibition, workshops and performances at 571 Oxford Road Gallery, together with public-billboard art and a symposium in central Reading. The project will showcase the work of a diverse group of seven recently graduated and  emerging artists based in Reading, London and Wolverhampton, whose work will come together to push beyond the boundaries of otherness.

We’ve already raised enough from grant-giving organisations  to pay the participating artists a professional fee, which was our priority. And we've received lots of valuable support-in-kind from local partners.  We now need a further £3,500 to be able to deliver the project. This is where you come in!  These additional funds will pay for public workshops, gallery overheads, design and print costs, and making the content accessible to the widest possible audience.  They will also mean we can pay Peter Driver (who is facilitating the project).  If we exceed the GoFundMe target for this project, any surplus funds will go towards our future programme of exhibitions and projects, giving a platform to recent graduates and emerging artists.

Help us bring exciting new work from exciting artists to a reimagined gallery space in Reading. We will be very grateful for any donation you are able to make. #ArtIsEssential

We are  Open Hand Open Space  (OHOS), a Reading-based contemporary art group working to provide affordable studios, support and exhibition opportunities for emerging artists and recent graduates. This includes those who hail from communities that are underrepresented in the economy of contemporary art.

We run 571 Oxford Road Gallery , one of the only contemporary art galleries in Reading.  Our mission, in addition to being a space to see and make work, is centred on creating a cultural hub for Reading. Beyond Otherness is the next step in OHOS' plan to become a beacon for new and exciting contemporary art in the region. We aim to deliver a high-quality, diverse and coherent programme through a mix of partnerships and public funding.

We are grateful to have received financial and in-kind support for the project from: 
Arts Council England
Reading Pride
Reading International
Reading Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality
Reading University, School of Art
Reading Borough Council, and
Contemporary Visual Art Network (South East). 

We would be DELIGHTED if you would join them in supporting us, by donating to this campaign.


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Fundraising team: Beyond Otherness - Fundraising Team (2)

Peter Driver 
Mortimer Common, South East England, United Kingdom
Heather McAteer 
Team member
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