Reading International

Venue: Agency (Directions)

Fri 17 Mar to Fri 16 Mar


Reading International is Reading’s new contemporary visual arts organisation promoting and commissioning major solo exhibitions, group and thematic shows, a programme of events including performances, film screenings, workshops and talks as well as offsite projects and temporary public artworks.

Lead by the Department of Art at the University of Reading and hosted by a rich mixture of partners within the town, Reading International produces several major projects each year, in which artists and curators are given a platform to make new work in response to the unique social and historical context of Reading and wider Berkshire.

The first project, ‘Eggy and Seedy’ by Matt Copson and Alastair MacKinven is currently on view at  Munchees café in Reading town center. This is a multifaceted project comprising an exhibition by over thirty international artists in a local café, a show in a refurbished office block, a serialised radio play, a group performance in a shopping mall, two concerts including Ben Wallers (formerly of the band The Country Teasers) and the musician felicita, as well as the publication of a 7” vinyl record featuring Mike Skinner (formerly of The Streets).

Projects confirmed for 2017, 2018 and 2019 include those by Scott King and Matthew Worley (CRASH!), Hannah Sawtell, Lina Džuverović, Martine Syms, Yuri Pattison, and Mike Nelson as well as exhibitions on diverse subjects such as Oscar Wilde’s art criticism, Folk Art and rural culture, new international approaches to the medium of painting, a programme of events in schools and libraries and a project for the Reading Abbey Ruins.

Each programme includes a series of educational activities by a range of artists, curators, writers, academics and students lead by ArtLab and aims to establish ongoing collaborations with international arts institutions, and engage with a wide range of local community groups, schools and children.

Reading International is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England’s Ambition for Excellence Programme, the University of Reading and Reading Borough Council. The programme receives additional support from other trusts and foundations and collaborates with partners including external arts agencies and organisations to co-produce projects.

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Venue info


Various venues in Reading - check the event page for more information.

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