Pulling Strings – The Engine Room

Coming soon to the Peacock Gallery…

2 – 16 December 2017

In, Pulling Strings, our latest exhibition, The Engine Room seeks to observe and define how we are both puppeteer and marionette and deconstruct that relationship: to notice not only the strings that are pulled but the hand that guides them. We do not necessarily contend that influence or control are in themselves undesirable but that we require awareness of how we are being persuaded and the consequences of that persuasion.

 

The Engine Room is an independent arts and mental health project initiated by a group of creatives with enduring mental health issues for individuals living with mental health issues across our local community. Our aim is to create a space for individuals to access independent free thinking creative experiences of quality with professional facilitators that will promote empowerment, recovery and healthy human development in a nurturing and safe space across our local community through a programme of weekly drop in sessions. Our wish is to enable individuals and groups with mental health issues to connect with our local community to look at creative ways of how we can nurture and help build mentally healthy communities and society as a whole, through peer supported arts programmes.

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My World by Martin Creasey

New exhibition coming soon to the Peacock Gallery

4 – 23 November 2017

Artist Martin Creasey is showing a selection of oil, acrylic and watercolour landscapes, drawing on his many years of experience as a Graphic Designer, which has helped to bring an understanding of colour, shape and form to his paintings. In particular, his watercolour paintings often show great vibrancy of colour, with strong use of greens, yellows and reds, whilst his acrylic paintings show attention to detail, in both composition and technique.

COMBINATION – Urban Visions of Reading

23 Sept – 12 Oct 2017

Michael Garraway

Reading based artist Michael Garaway is showing new paintings in this exhibition that presents abstract views of Reading combined with geometry and pattern.

Wanting to inject new ideas into his work, Michael travelled to various points encircling Reading to take photographs that have fed into the paintings on show. The “Blade” building features in a number of the resulting images, as do other familiar local sites such as the prison and the Oracle.

The acrylic paintings themselves are painstakingly produced using grids and graphic instruments that highlight Michael’s interest in geometrical composition, and his sensitivity to surface, tone and colour.

Michael has made and exhibited his work since the 1980’s, but has also worked as a graphic artist, education technician, and as lecturer and course leader for art, design and multimedia courses at a number of institutions, including Reading College and the University of West London.