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Published on June 18th, 2015 | by Niall Norbury

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Jelly’s Open For Art weekend returns to Reading town centre

For three days in July, Reading town centre is set to be busy with workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions and pop-up artist trails as Jelly’s Open For Art weekend returns for its second year.

Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July welcomes the arts trail back into town for its second year, bringing arts, culture and heritage into the heart of Reading; with workshops, a lively events programme across multiple venues, an artists trail, activities, walks and opportunities to join in and celebrate Reading Town Centre’s Arts and Culture Programme.

The three day arts festival kicks off on Friday with “Breakfast with an Artist” in Picnic café at 8am, visitors will be able to hear the intriguing story involving a painting with a past and a murder case, retold by Director of Reading Fringe Festival, Zsuzsi Kingsnorth and her Grandmother, Anna Szentmihaly.

Other activities on offer will include an Open Air Art challenge where artists can create a piece of artwork inspired by Reading and the public vote to choose the winner of £100 prize, workshops and talks, a pop-up Pan Yard for the public to have a go, a new for 2015 artists trail across spaces in the town centre, a performance piece by Berzerk – famed for their Mannequins Alive piece in Jacksons last year.

This year, Open for Art coincides with Reading Arts Week, which is open to artists from the Reading area, both amateur and professional, showcasing them at Reading’s Town Hall. Jelly will also be bringing “Make Reading”, the successful Christmas pop-up shop, back into town with a one day “Make Reading Market’ at the current jelly studios in Jacksons Corner.

“We are delighted to be bringing back Open for Art for 2015 and have been supported in doing this not only by Reading UK CIC but have secured funding from Arts Council England to make this possible” says Suzanne Stallard, director of jelly. “The Open for Art weekend is made possible by a team of volunteers giving up their time to help make it happen. This year will be even bigger with more trails, more venues and artists taking part too. It’s fantastic to be involved with the venues who tirelessly work through out the year putting on gigs, events, exhibitions and being able to come together for one weekend of celebration.”

A full programme for the weekend will be released soon but a map of the Open For Art weekend is now available online.

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