OSCAR – The Open Skies Centre for Arts in Reading

OSCAR is a multidisciplinary creative hub designed by Kirstin Sinclair (@ksinclair.design) to transform the site of the former Reading Prison from an unwelcoming institution, to a buzzing artistic haven full of performance and inspiration. KIrstin recently graduated with a first-class honours degree in Interior Architecture and Design. OSCAR is her final porfolio project. The site of Reading Prison has an …

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Second round of bids opened

Having turned down Reading Borough Council’s March bid for Reading Gaol, the Ministry of Justice has opened a new round of bids. Reading Borough Council’s previous bid of £2.6m remains on the table. We don’t expect to hear the outcome of the bids, which end in August, for several months, but continue to campaign for …

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Banksy gives campaign a boost

On the morning of March 1st Reading residents woke up to find the prison walls adorned with a wonderful new piece of artwork. A prisoner, possibly Oscar Wilde himself, is climbing down the prison wall with a typewriter. A few days later Banksy confirmed that it was his artwork. We love our Banksy, it has …

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Council get a second chance

We got an early Christmas present! Reading Borough Council will get a second opportunity to bid for the Gaol. The Ministry of Justice has given the Council a period of exclusivity to prepare a new bid. The originally successful bidder, Artisan Real Estate, pulled out of purchasing the Gaol. Our two Reading MPs Alok Sharma …

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Reading Gaol sale falls through

Artisan Real Estate, who was successful in their bid for Reading Gaol, has pulled out of the purchase. Campaigners are hopeful that the Ministry of Justice may have a change of heart and let Reading Borough Council convert the prison into an arts and cultural hub. This has renewed our hopes of an Arts and …

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