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Monday, January 6, 2014

So long

Hi all,

I know it has been an awfully long time between updates, and I can only apologise. This is a short email to let you all know that despite the best efforts of the Reading Room team and Renew Adelaide, I am closing down this blog next week, as well as the facebook page and the mailing list. The search for a new space has become too difficult with all the team's respective other jobs/projects/study/lives and so it is time to call it quits. 

Thanks for being part of this pilot project that amazed us all by sticking around for nearly 3 years. It was inspiring to be a part of and gave all who experienced it something to learn from, and to remember fondly.

Regards,
Becci Love
Director


Friday, August 16, 2013

August :: an update, of sorts

Hello readers. I know it has been a long time between posts, and partly that is due to some extensive overseas travels, but mostly because I am waiting for some news regarding a new venue. At this stage there are a couple of options floating around, but nothign I can confirm yet.

So, no updates really except that I am still hoping to resurrect the reading room in the near-ish future.

In the meantime I have some tips for various ex-users of the reading room. 
For those looking for a rehearsal or performance space, both The Mill, and Urban Myth have great  spaces available. Click the links below for more details.
The Mill
Urban Myth & the Goodwood Institute

Since we left Hindley st another great creative enterprise has started up: Salad Days. Click on their link to get involved, as an artist, performer, person who likes to hang and chat.
Salad Days on Facebook

For multi-use awesome collaborative partytime actions, support Format's new venture. Follow the link below for more.
Bring Back Format on Pozible

Don't forget to like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, subscribe to our e-news or keep your eye on this blog for updates on the new space.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Farewell Hindley Street

To all our supporters, contributors, volunteers, patrons, and players,

After nearly three years at 153 Hindley Street, it is time for the reading room to move on. On May 10th, 2013 we will close our doors, ready for our next incarnation.

Where and when that will be, we don't yet know, but we are working with the ever-supportive Renew Adelaide team to find somewhere awesome. Details about the new space will be released in the upcoming months, so stay tuned for updates as thisnot-for-profit artspace finds it feet again.

While it is sad to be leaving, I am amazed that we managed to stay here this long. Initially expecting to be in the Hindley Street space for a maximum of 1 - 3 months, we have been lucky enough to have the support of a great landlord who has let us occupy this building rent-free since June 2010.

With over 30 volunteers, more than 10 community groups, two successful Pozible campaigns, four festivals (including two amazing Fringe's and two consecutive SALA entrants), and hundreds of local, interstate, and international artists and performers, it has been a busy few years full of fun, drama and good times. Thank you all for being part of the adventure.

We still have events in the next few weeks, with musician Anthonie Tonnon coming all the way over from New Zealand to play in our loungeroom, the 'Get-it-out-of-my-life' booksale on the 7th where you can grab something awesome, quirky, or downright ridiculous (who knows?!), and ESPECIALLY our huge Dancing Room/Moving Party on the 8th of May, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for more info. Links below.

Wednesday 24 April
Gemma Mickan :: portraits
Exhibition Opening 6-9pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/440264219390456
Tuesday 30th April
Cara's Birthday Dancing Room!
https://www.facebook.com/events/179595822198426

Wednesday 1 May
Feminist Reading Group; Sarah Palin.
https://www.facebook.com/events/497585950288912

Saturday 4 May
Anthonie Tonnon (NZ) & Banjo Jackson
Bar open 7pm, bands start 8pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/155339267959556

Monday 6 May
Last Ever Laughing Room!
https://www.facebook.com/events/256291741182244

Tuesday 7 May
Get It Out Of My Life- Booksale
https://www.facebook.com/events/465287386873357/
Wednesday 8 May
Dancing Room moving party funtimes.
https://www.facebook.com/events/255646574580199/
Thanks again to everyone who has been involved with us over the past (nearly) three years, and hope to see you all on the other side!

Thanks,
Becci Love/Kat Coppock
Director/Curator
The reading room




153 hindley st :: adelaide :: 5000
readingroom.adelaide@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

the reading room :: e-newsletter #89

Hi!
 
Before I jet overseas for nearly 3 months I thought I'd update you all with a bumper e-news. Watch out, this is big.
 
Visual Arts
Currently showing is Haneen Martin's stunning sculpture and print work. Up until the 20th April, with some works still available, make sure you drop by and have a peek. Details below.
Opening on 24th April is Gemma Mickan's solo exhibition of portrait work - all welcome, from 6pm. More below.
Our monthly exhibition program continues with dates to be announced via out facebook page so keep an eye out.

Performance
Coming up on the 4th may we have a special event - Anthonie Tonnon & Banjo Jackson - more details below.
Over 3 nights in Winter, the Jam Room returns to the reading room. Keep an eye on their facbook page for details and how to get tickets - more info below.
We're really happy to be involved this year with five.point.one in presenting The Reading Sessions for 2 solid weeks in July/August. Stay tuned for more info, or check out their website here.

Don't forget about our membership program. As a member there are a bunch of great benefits from us, and also from our neighbours the Mercury Cinema and Imprints Booksellers. Check the Membership Page for more info.
For the most up-to-date info check the blog
Or the facebook group
Or join the mailing list! Email readingroom.adelaide@gmail.com with 'subscribe' in the subject line.
Or follow us on Twitter
Or like our facebook page

Here's what's coming up at the reading room...
_________________
:: April ::
Haneen Martin :: This Isn't What I Wanted
20 March :: 20 April 
 
“This isn’t what I wanted” is a collection of sculptures and intaglio prints born from a moment of absolute certainty that the path I was on was totally and utterly wrong.
Over the course of an exploration spurred on by an encouraging subject, my own ideas and building designs became an abstract concept that did not need to abide by any technicalities or rules, bar my own. The process of taking a concept from my studies, extracting and extrapolating the line work and shadows cast by my sculptures provided a sense of freedom and sent me on another path, far far away.
- Haneen Martin
Image :: "Insides" print, 2013
 
  
:: May ::
Gemma Mickan :: Portraits
24 April :: 19 May
“He would like, as far as he can, to get away from the body and turn to the soul.”
- Socrates

The human figure is a beautiful topic of art. Though to some it can seem confronting, i think that's what art is really all about.

During the last few months I have started to look at the way artistic style can effect the overall feel and meaning of an artwork. With simple changes in media and style, the body can take on so many different connotations and metaphors, be it positive or negative.

This series of charcoal and pastel portraits have come from my stylistic experimentation.
 
Image :: untitled, pastel, acrylic paint 2013
See more of Gemma's work here.


May Meeting of the Feminist Reading Group
1 May :: 6:30pm
Well, feminist readers, get ready to dive into a bathtub of crazysauce, because this month, we're reading Going Rogue, the political memoir of Sarah Palin. Who is she (or at least, who does her ghost writer say she is) and what does her success say about women in modern political life?
* The Adelaide Feminist Reading Group meets every month, on the first Wednesday of the month. Join their facebook group here for more updates.
 

Anthonie Tonnon (NZ) & Banjo Jackson
Saturday 4 MayDoors open 7:30pmAnthonie Tonnon plays a one-off show in Adelaide at The Reading Room on Saturday, May 4, with Banjo Jackson.
After releasing two EPs and an album with the band Tono and the Finance Company, being handpicked by Beirut to open their New Zealand shows, and touring 2012's Up Here For Dancing through the US as a solo act, the Dunedin raised, Auckland based songwriter started work on an album under his own name.
In his new shows, Anthonie Tonnon enlists the dramatic, the dreamlike, and the surreal alongside everyday characters: would-be local politicians, depressed surgeons, respected cocaine dealers. His solo set puts his narratives, and the melodies that carry and divert them, to the front of minimal arrangements on guitar and keyboard.
Facebook eventwww.anthonietonnon.com
facebook.com/anthonietonnon
banjojackson.bandcamp.com

:: June ::
The Jam Room presents the Reading Room Sessions
Saturday 8th June
Fresh from last year's sell-out events, and many more successes since, the Jam Room returns for 3 nights of beautiful music in a beautiful place. Keep your eyes on their facebook page for details and how to get tickets. The other dates for 2013's winter sessions are Saturday 13th July and Saturday 10th August. Mark these dates in your diary!

:: July ::
The Reading Sessions :: five.point.one
Saturday 27th July to Friday 9th August
Doors and bar open 7:30pm, readings start at 8pm
After its success in 2012, five.point.one are proud to announce that The Reading Sessions will return in 2013. Housed in a new venue, the much-loved Reading Room on Hindley Street, The Reading Sessions will present rehearsed readings of 14 new Australian plays over 14 nights.
TICKETS: $10 for one night, $20 for 3 nights, or $50 for a season pass. Available at the door, or contact brad@fivepointone.com.au

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Weekly events
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Mondays :: Happiness Sessions at the reading room
Monday afternoon, 12:30 - 1:15pm - Monday lunch destress session
Take 30 minutes of your lunch hour to completely let go with a guided deep relaxation. Bring your workmates and friends.
Monday evening, 6pm - 7:30 - Laughing Room
Could your life be any more awesome? An hour a week of serious laughter would almost certainly make it so. Laughter warm ups, laughing hard, and rolling around on the floor laughing are all guaranteed. Come along, even if you've never laughed before, we will make it easy for you. Mental training is like any other form of training - do it once, and it will be fun and have some benefits in your life. Do it often and you become fit, healthy and skillful. Do it often, and you wont be able to stop laughing.
Contact Frazer for more info: frazer@unitedvisions.org or 0413700718.

Tuesdays :: Dancing Room!
If you feel like dancing but can't wait for the weekend, try Dancing Room! Tuesday nights, with the location announced Guerilla style on their facebook page. Please note it is not an event that is facilitated by the Reading Room, but a separate commitee. The best way to find out where it is held each week is via their facebook page

x
Becci


153 hindley st :: adelaide :: 5000
readingroom.adelaide@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

the reading room :: e-newsletter #88

Hi!
 
Well the Fringe has been and gone, and we had a ball. With over 25 events it was the reading room's busiest year yet - with many performances sold out! Congratulations to all our artists and thank you to our volunteers and audiences!
 
Now to the rest of the year...we have our ongoing visual arts program - currently showing is Haneen Martin's stunning sculpture and print work. Up until the 20th April, with some works still available, make sure you drop by and have a peek. Details below.

We're also really happy to be involved this year with five.point.one in presenting The Reading Sessions for 2 solid weeks in July/August. Stay tuned for more info, or check out their website here.

There's so much to tell you! Some of it we have to keep to ourselves for now, but we will let you know as soon as we can!

Also if you're out and about Thursday or Friday make sure you check out Singing in the Lane, taking over nearby Leigh street all day, and it's free! More info here.

Don't forget about our membership program. As a member there are a bunch of great benefits from us, and also from our neighbours the Mercury Cinema and Imprints Booksellers. Check the Membership Page for more info.
For the most up-to-date info check the blog
Or the facebook group
Or join the mailing list! Email readingroom.adelaide@gmail.com with 'subscribe' in the subject line.
Or follow us on Twitter
Or like our facebook page

Here's what's coming up at the reading room...
_________________
:: April ::
Haneen Martin :: This Isn't What I Wanted
20 March :: 20 April 
 
“This isn’t what I wanted” is a collection of sculptures and intaglio prints born from a moment of absolute certainty that the path I was on was totally and utterly wrong.

Over the course of an exploration spurred on by an encouraging subject, my own ideas and building designs became an abstract concept that did not need to abide by any technicalities or rules, bar my own. The process of taking a concept from my studies, extracting and extrapolating the line work and shadows cast by my sculptures provided a sense of freedom and sent me on another path, far far away.
- Haneen Martin
Image :: "Insides" print, 2013
 
April Meeting of the Feminist Reading Group
3 April (TODAY) :: 6:30pm
This month, we'll be reading Christos Tsiolkas' The Slap, which tells the story of how a suburban barbecue sets off a train of events that raise questions about what's going on in Australia today- and what that means for feminism.
* The Adelaide Feminist Reading Group meets every month, on the first Wednesday of the month. Join their facebook group here for more updates.
  
:: May ::
Gemma Mickan :: Portraits
24 April :: 19 May
“He would like, as far as he can, to get away from the body and turn to the soul.”
- Socrates

The human figure is a beautiful topic of art. Though to some it can seem confronting, i think that's what art is really all about.

During the last few months I have started to look at the way artistic style can effect the overall feel and meaning of an artwork. With simple changes in media and style, the body can take on so many different connotations and metaphors, be it positive or negative.

This series of charcoal and pastel portraits have come from my stylistic experimentation.
 
Image :: untitled, pastel, acrylic paint 2013
See more of Gemma's work here.
 
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Weekly events
////////////\\\\\\\\\\\

Mondays :: Happiness Sessions at the reading room
Monday afternoon, 12:30 - 1:15pm - Monday lunch destress session
Take 30 minutes of your lunch hour to completely let go with a guided deep relaxation. Bring your workmates and friends.
Monday evening, 6pm - 7:30 - Laughing Room
Could your life be any more awesome? An hour a week of serious laughter would almost certainly make it so. Laughter warm ups, laughing hard, and rolling around on the floor laughing are all guaranteed. Come along, even if you've never laughed before, we will make it easy for you. Mental training is like any other form of training - do it once, and it will be fun and have some benefits in your life. Do it often and you become fit, healthy and skillful. Do it often, and you wont be able to stop laughing.
Contact Frazer for more info: frazer@unitedvisions.org or 0413700718.

Tuesdays :: Dancing Room!
If you feel like dancing but can't wait for the weekend, try Dancing Room! Tuesday nights, with the location announced Guerilla style on their facebook page. Please note it is not an event that is facilitated by the Reading Room, but a separate commitee. The best way to find out where it is held each week is via their facebook page

x
Becci

Monday, January 28, 2013

It's over!

I would like to acknowledge our supporters who tipped this campaing over the target and beyond, to a whopping $2297! 
Not on this list are the anonymous supporters and those who chose no reward. 
Click on their names for more about how aweseom they are. If you're on this list without a link, please send it through and I will add.
 
Sam McMahon
Kylie Macey
Lily Hirsch
Dave Wilkinson
Rebecca Fletcher
Jo South
Alison Kershaw
michelle delaney
Stuart Johnson
Sam Wright
fee plumley
Jessica Stevens
Bonnie McCrossan
Dave Wilkinson
Kylie Phillips
Kitty Taylor
Kay Jamieson
Pete Muller
Louise Angrilli
Haneen Martin
Alice Fraser
Robert Balestrin
Marlaina Read
debra hackett
erik brasse
Sarah Lancaster
Alysha Herrmann
Cat Turner
Lew Vojvodic
megan rainey
Margaret Lloyd
Stephanie Lyall
Luke Penman
Tom Christophersen
Laurence Lacoon Williamson
Karl Brasse
Adam Barich & Common Ground Garden Design & Whistling Kite Wines
Frazer Kirkman 
Justin Boden

Thursday, January 24, 2013

WE MADE IT!

What a morning! We reached our Pozible target with 4 days to spare. Thanks have to go to our amazing supporters who have gotten us this far. Glory wall coming soon, but here's a quick list.

Sam McMahon
Kylie Macey
Lily Hirsch
Dave Wilkinson
Rebecca Fletcher
Jo South
Steve Mayhew
Alison Kershaw
SiĆ¢n Howard
michelle delaney
Stuart Johnson
Sam Wright
fee plumley
Jessica Stevens
Bonnie McCrossan
Dave Wilkinson
Kylie Phillips
Kitty Taylor
Kay Jamieson
Pete Muller
Louise Angrilli
Haneen Martin
Alice Fraser
Robert Balestrin
Marlaina Read
debra hackett
erik brasse
Sarah Lancaster
Alysha Herrmann
Cat Turner
Francoise Piron
Lew Vojvodic
megan rainey
Margaret Lloyd
Stephanie Lyall
Luke Penman
Laurence Lacoon Williamson
Karl Brasse
Adam Barich & Common Ground Garden Design & Whistling Kite Wines