Save Reading Gaol marching banner available to businesses

IMG 1957 webLocal artist Ellie Bonham was commissioned by the Save Reading Gaol campaign group to create a banner for a planned march in support of the campaign in March 2020. 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the 'physical' march could not take place but the banner has been used to support the campaign virtually. 

The banner is now available temporarily for businesses and shops with shop windows / frontages that would like to display the banner to the public. 

Ellie Bonham grew up in Reading, She said: "I care deeply about this town’s future.  I believe this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our town to secure a site of such historical, archaeological and literary importance, and to transform it into an amenity dedicated to Arts and Culture, for the benefit of all.   A world-class Arts and Heritage hub in Reading would be a wonderful thing; it would be a travesty if this opportunity is missed."  

The banner is a mixed media piece measuring 225cm x 175 cm, utilising a combination of paint and appliqué.  The arresting  design evokes the visual language of traditional British pictorial campaign banners, with the use of swags and borders. 

The back of the banner features a familiar sight to those who live in Reading - the depiction of Oscar Wilde immortalised in the memorial gates in Chestnut Walk.  The back states: ‘Reading Gaol is an important part of our town’s heritage. Support the campaign to transform it into a world-class Arts and Heritage Site, open to all, and an asset to the community.’

Any shop, restaurant or business that has a public facing window and would be interested in temporarily displaying the Save Reading Gaol banner should contact alex@livingreading.co.uk to maker the connections with the artist. 

Ellie Bonham pictured (below right) with Susan Bonham (left) next to Banksy's Create Escape on the outside of Reading Prison.

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The back of the banner features a familiar sight to those who live in Reading - the depiction of Oscar Wilde immortalised in the memorial gates in Chestnut Walk.  The back states: ‘Reading Gaol is an important part of our town’s heritage. Support the campaign to transform it into a world-class Arts and Heritage Site, open to all, and an asset to the community.’

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