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Published on January 19th, 2016 | by Niall Norbury

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Walking Words bring Reading’s history alive

Local artists are celebrating the installation of new public art in Reading through a series of exciting events which will take you on a journey across the town centre and through Reading’s historical past.

Nine Walking Words panels have been commissioned by Muse Development as part of the redevelopment of Chatham Place. Each panel features a different aspect of Reading’s history from the Gaol to Huntley & Palmers.

The installation of this new public art commission is being celebrated through nine events in 2016 as part of Reading’s Year of Culture. These events – involving local artists, arts organisations and art practices – are themed around the stories told on the panels.

Each of the events explores Reading’s history in a unique way: join a local photographer on a late night walk, following the trail of the Holy Brook; see Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Selfish Giant’ brought to life with shadow puppets on the walls of the gaol; or join a Great British Bake Off contestant for afternoon tea with biscuits inspired by the story of Huntley and Palmers.

Mark Prescott, Reading Year of Culture 2016 Director said ‘Walking Words is a fantastic example of how Reading 2016 can foster exciting and ambitious collaborations that bring together artists, cultural, public and commercial organisations to bring to the public great art’

Visit Jelly’s website for details of all nine events happening throughout January and February.


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