In Ruins, a theatrical exploration of Reading Abbey Quarter

10 July 2018

Reading’s Abbey Quarter is rich in history. It contains the burial place of King Henry I of England, the last remaining English King to be found. The ruins of the site of his mausoleum, Reading Abbey, are once again open to explore following a £3.1 million conservation project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Reading … Read More

A short film about the importance of arts, culture and heritage in Reading

29 June 2018

Arts, culture and heritage are at the heart of what makes Reading tick Since Reading’s Year of Culture in 2016, there has a real buzz about the cultural scene in Reading. Follow the story, from Artangel’s Inside at Reading Prison in September 2016 to the re-opening of Reading Abbey ruins in June 2018, through a … Read More

Reading’s finest artists announced at Reading Cultural Awards 2018

25 June 2018

An exhibition in a launderette, a celebration of West Indian cricketer Gordon Greenidge and a full orchestra performing at Reading Station were among the winners at the Reading Cultural Awards 2018 Reading UK has announced the winners of the 2018 Reading Cultural Awards. Presented at a glittering awards ceremony at the Olympia Ballroom, the Awards … Read More

Reading International new CVAN member

20 June 2018

Reading International is among the six new members announced by CVAN South East (the South East Contemporary Visual Arts Network). Reading International is Reading’s new contemporary visual arts organisation promoting and commissioning exhibitions, events, talks and offsite projects, led by the Reading School of Art at the University of Reading. Paul Hobson, Director of Modern … Read More

Celebrations to mark the reopening of Reading Abbey

14 June 2018

The ‘Abbey Ruins Revealed’ celebration will take place from 11am on Saturday 16th June 2018, following a three year £3.15 million conservation project. The abbey’s re-opening ceremony, after being closed for almost 10 years, will be a focal point of this year’s Water Fest, Reading’s annual free celebration of the town’s waterways – now in … Read More

Reading Cultural Awards finalists announced

24 May 2018

The finalists shortlisted for the Reading Cultural Awards 2018 have been announced by Reading UK. Nearly 600 nominations were submitted for the 2018 awards which celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage. The entries have now been whittled down to 38 finalists [see notes to editors] across 12 categories in the 2018 Reading … Read More

Cultural Commissioning – Reading Place of Culture Great Places Scheme

23 April 2018

Reading Borough Council is inviting expressions of interest from organisations to deliver arts, culture and/or heritage community programmes by, with and for disadvantaged Readingresidents in order to contribute to improving people’s life chances and their quality of life . Programmes will work in partnership to address social challenges and improve the health, well-being and economic … Read More

Reading Cultural Awards 2018 announced

16 February 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Reading Cultural Awards. Following a hugely successful first year in 2017, Reading UK is delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 Awards.  The Reading Cultural Awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage with members of the public and arts groups invited to nominate their … Read More

Reading-on-Thames Festival 2018 appoints Festival Director

15 November 2017

Reading UK is delighted to announce that Anna Doyle has been appointed as Festival Director for the Reading-on-Thames Festival 2018 Anna will lead plans to develop next September’s festival, building on the success of the inaugural Reading-on-Thames Festival (September 2017). Anna brings a wealth of experience to the role with over a decade’s experience of developing … Read More