Aaron Clarke, Graphic Design Manager from Barton Willmore said:
‘This exhibition has given us a worthwhile reason to update our infamous Reading Map, as well as raise money for Jelly and Shelter. As designers it’s both important and fantastic for us to be part of this local art exhibition and we’re really proud to be supporting Jelly, who do a sterling job of co-ordinating and raising the art scene in Reading.’
The team from Jelly set up the Open for Art headquarters in Waterstones at the end of the Open for Art Festival in early July, in order to display some of the pieces that were on display at the festival, run workshops, lunchtime drop in sessions and activities for children. The space also provides the opportunity for local artists to display and sell their work.
Suzanne Stallard, Director of Jelly said:
‘The Reading map that the team have produced is fantastic and it is great to have something so personal to our town on display at the exhibition. We are really grateful for all the support the graphics team at Barton Willmore have given us during the exhibition and on past projects and we hope to continue to collaborate together in the future!’
The graphics team first produced the map in 2014 when Barton Willmore moved from Theale into The Blade in Reading, to display in the reception area. The unique piece of artwork gained a huge amount of attention, with Reading Borough Council requesting a copy to display in their civic office, a print on display at Reading Museum and 58 Barbershop and a run of limited prints available to buy (with the proceeds going to local charity Reading Family Aid).
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