In March 2018, we were delighted to unveil our new gallery and exhibition space at Turret House. Having a dedicated space within the school in which we can celebrate the creation of art has proved incredibly valuable and an unusual privilege. This opportunity has given the School a fantastic space to enjoy the visual arts created within our school community.
The past year has seen exhibitions of pupil and student work across both the Junior and Senior School as well as an exhibition of creative pieces from our teaching and support staff. Work from across the wider community and from different subject areas was displayed to commemorate the centenary of World War One, which included collaborative works in the form of our House Art pieces. Exhibitions in The Gallery this year have included a huge range of work including printmaking, ceramics, painting, sculptures, textiles, charcoal and even some glasswork.
Overall, it has been an exciting and packed first year and we are very excited about the future prospects for this space at The Abbey.
Location: 27 Kendrick Road, Reading, RG1 5DU
Gallery opening times: Monday & Friday 12.00-12.45pm and Tuesday & Thursday 3.30-4.30pm.
This summer term (2019), we appointed our first Visual Artist in Residence. Janet Curley Cannon, a mixed media artist with over 20 years’ experience is taking up residency at The Abbey from 29 April to 7 June. Janet, an American born artist now based in Berkshire, will move her artist studio into The Gallery and work in collaboration with pupils to create a piece of sculpture from concept through to final piece. Janet’s work always has a social conscience and this is no exception as this piece of work will be based on the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Throughout the process pupils will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a professional artist and contribute to her final work.
Janet’s residency will culminate in The Gallery participating in the Whiteknights Studio Trail 2019, which runs from 15 to 16 June. Following a rigorous selection process The Gallery has been chosen as one of the coveted venues on the Trail, which attracts around 650 visitors each year. In addition to Janet’s work being displayed, two members of The Abbey staff have been accepted as Trail artists; Wendy Hodges, Art Teacher and James Suret, Gallery Manager.