Artline 2018

Reading’s first ArtLine art market to take over Broad Street this Sunday

Caroline Streatfield ChalkA new showcase event featuring the work of local artists takes over Broad Street this Sunday 8 July. Organised by Reading Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with Jelly, ArtLine will create a vibrant art market in the town centre, with over 40 artists displaying and selling their work.

This is a new event for 2018 and also forms part of Jelly’s fifth year of Open for Art and one of its Silver Jubilee events. Presented by Reading Business Improvement District, ArtLine is designed to support the town centre economy and profile Reading as a cultural destination supporting a strong artistic community.

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. This year, Open for Art will add this new dimension to the town centre visual arts celebration in the form of a selling art market.

Supported 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 include Kirsti Dedman, Caroline Streatfield, Gemma Cummings, Kirsten Lees, Therese Lawlor, Ann Nolan, Jennifer Kellett, Pat Lewis, Sarah Read, Stephanie Mitchell, Suzanne Clausen, Cath Baldwin, Mark Webber and Reading Cultural-Award winner Mahlia Amatina .

Natasha Rossell image2Bobby 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. 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 new project 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 to 4pm. The work of the artists will be available to buy on the day. There will also be some tasty street food on offer at the event. 

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