Artline 2018

An exciting new art event for Reading

A new showcase for the work of local artists will be launched this summer work by the Reading Business Improvement District (BID) and Jelly.

Artline will bring Broad Street to life on Sunday 8th July with a vibrant arts market showcasing the incredible work of the artistic community within Reading.

This is a brand new event for 2018 and will be a part of Jelly’s fifth year of ‘Open for Art’ and one of its Silver Jubilee events. Presented by the BID, Artline aims to attract people to Reading whilst promoting the towns profile as a cultural destination in which the artistic community can flourish.

Reading has a number of existing successful art trails such as the Whiteknights Studio Trail and Caversham Arts Trail outside the town centre, while Jelly’s Open for Art festival has been the focus event for visual arts in the town centre in recent years. Artline adds another element to Open for Art this year, introducing a selling art market to the very heart of Reading.

Natasha Rossell image2Supported by arts organisations locally the works exhibited will show a wide range of the quality work created in Reading. Works on show will include paintings, original photography, drawings, limited edition prints, hanging textiles etc. Artists confirmed so far include Caroline Fletcher, Caroline Streatfield, Gemma Cumming, Paul Woodley, Kirsten Lees, Natasha Rossell, Kirsti Dedman, Karen Spencer, Angus McDonald, Therese Lawlor, Clare Butcha, Valentina Gonzalez, Rosalie Ingham and Sarah Read.


Bobby Lonergan, Reading BID Manager, said “Artline is a new addition to the BID’s town centre cultural programme which encompasses events such as EAT Reading, ARENA and the weekly street food markets (CHOW and Blue Collar).

“Broad Street is perfectly suited to showcasing the work of Reading’s artistic community and we are excited to be able to provide a chance for the public to enjoy, and hopefully purchase, great art while making the most of everything else Reading town centre has to offer on a summer Sunday.”

Suzanne Stallard, Director of Jelly, said “We are delighted to be working with the BID to deliver this exciting newCaroline Streatfield Chalkproject and proudly welcome Artline to our fifth Open for Art festival programme.

“Artline is one of many creative and unique events happening during Open for Art, this year in celebration of our 25th Jubilee birthday. The celebration of arts in Reading has and will continue to be at the forefront of what Jelly does and we look forward to many more years.”

Artline will run in Broad Street East on Sunday 8 July, from 11am – 4pm, subject to the usual trading licenses. Artists wishing to get involved should visit Jelly’s website –


Web design by Tribal Systems