What’s the point of rivers, anyway?

20 July 2017

Join us for a series of events curated by Amy Sharrocks in collaboration with Barton Willmore, University of Reading, Museum of English Rural Life and Two Rivers Press. There will be poetry along the river, children’s workshops, discussions and debates about city life in Reading, looking at how we use our river and tracing how … Read More

Reading’s arts and culture sector shine at first Reading Cultural Awards

30 June 2017

At a glitzy awards ceremony at The Olympia Ballroom last night (29 June), the winners of the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards were announced before an audience of over 300 from Reading’s arts community and local businesses. Over 350 nominations were received for the Reading Cultural Awards 2017, and at the ceremony last night, 13 were … Read More

Four Reading arts organisations become National Portfolio Organisations 2018-22

27 June 2017

Arts Council England have announced its new National Portfolio (NPO) for 2018-22 – a fresh, ambitious and wide-ranging group of organisations that will bring new energy to the arts and cultural sector, while reaching more people in more places than ever before. Among the organisations receiving funding over four years are four from Reading for the … Read More

A new festival for Reading – Reading-on-Thames Festival launches

19 June 2017

9-17 September 2017 Reading UK CIC is delighted to announce that the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival will take place between 9 and 17 September 2017 with support from Arts Council England and Reading’s newest office building, R+. This new arts and cultural festival for Reading was born out of the ideas, enthusiasm and momentum from Reading’s … Read More

Reading Cultural Awards 2017 – finalists announced

1 June 2017

The finalists shortlisted for the Reading Cultural Awards 2017 have been announced by Reading UK CIC. The inaugural Reading Cultural Awards have received over 350 nominations celebrating the town’s arts, cultural and heritage. The entries have now been whittled down to 50 finalists across 12 categories who will be vying to be one of the … Read More

Nominations open for the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards

5 April 2017

The Reading Cultural Awards 2017, Reading’s very first celebration of the fantastic arts organisations, artists, events and venues which make up the town’s vibrant cultural scene are being launched on Thursday 6 April. Culminating in a glitzy awards ceremony on 29 June at the historic Olympia Ballroom, the Reading Cultural Awards are sponsored by Reading … Read More

ARENA 2017 – a summer of arts and culture in Reading town centre

4 April 2017

  Reading Business Improvement District (BID) has announced the 2017 ARENA programme of Reading town centre arts and cultural events. Running in July and August, ARENA will celebrate the best work of Reading’s arts and cultural organisations through a diverse programme of free outdoor events, taking as their theme for 2017 – Reading’s waterways. ARENA … Read More

Reading shortlisted for major cultural placemaking award

20 March 2017

Reading 2016, Reading’s Year of Culture, has been shortlisted in the Planning and Placemaking Awards 2017 for “Best Use of Arts, Culture or Sport in Placemaking”. The Awards, run by Planning magazine in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource, recognise excellence in planning-related activities such as placemaking, urban design and economic development. Reading UK CIC, which … Read More

Reading secures £550k ‘Great Place’ cultural funding award

16 March 2017

Ambitions to secure Reading’s position as a leading cultural destination have been given a major boost this week with the award of a £550k Great Place Scheme grant. Reading Borough Council and its partners – including Reading UK CIC, are celebrating after successfully securing a grant of £558,471 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Arts … Read More

Reading schools link with Nepal on international arts project

13 March 2017

Pupils at six secondary schools in and around Reading will be the envy of artists everywhere with their artwork on display to millions of people on the South Bank of the River Thames as part of Totally Thames this September. Rivers of the World is the Thames Festival Trust’s flagship art and education project delivered … Read More