An artist's year in the Harris Garden: Jenny Halstead

Blossom by Jenny Halstead24 May to 30 June, 2013

  • Free
  • Normal Museum opening times
  • See below for details of related events

This exhibition will present the product of Jenny Halstead’s artistic residency at the University of Reading’s Harris Garden.

Jenny’s paintings and sketchbook studies take us through the seasons, moods and development of the Garden over the duration of a year from October 2011.

About the artist

Jenny is a professional artist has lived in Reading for the past 30 years.

Jenny studied Art and Design at the Sutton & Cheam School of Art followed by a Guest Scholarship at the Royal Academy Schools, London. She then trained and worked as a medical artist and natural history illustrator, but for the last decade has enjoyed the freedom of expressing herself across a much wider spectrum.

She is well-known and widely admired, nationally and internationally for her draughtsmanship, her modelling of detail and her use of colour. She is a Fellow of the Medical Artists Association of GB and a Member of the Pastel Society UK.


Harris Garden front coverAn artist's year in the Harris Garden, a book published by Two Rivers Press accompanies the exhibition.
(£12.95, 978-1-901677-87-4, Format: 200x200 64pp)

A year in the life of a garden. From the stillness of winter, unfurling through spring and summer to the contentment of autumn, this imaginative interpretation of a specific space – a twelve-acre garden within an urban university campus – exposes a secret oasis, full of surprises.

This book presents the personal vision of the Artist in Residence at the Harris Garden in the University of Reading. Jenny Halstead captures the seasonal changes, portrays the stages of its renovation, and celebrates its enthusiastic workforce, especially the many volunteers. Accompanied by a history of the garden and an account of its restoration, these paintings and sketches encapsulate a place in time.

Available from the MERL shop or to order from Two Rivers Press.

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Related events

Whiteknights Studio Trail

  • 15 & 16 June
  • 11am to 6pm

Visit the exhibition at MERL, and meet Jenny Halstead in her Christchurch Road Studio, where she will be showing additional work. For details visit Jenny Halstead - Whiteknights Studio Trail


Midsummer Studio Oening

  • 21 June
  • 4-8pm

Jenny will be in her Studio and will be delighted to welcome guests.


Jenny Halstead Harris GardenSummer Garden:
sketching workshop in the MERL garden with Jenny Halstead

  • 23 June
  • 2-4.30pm
  • £5. Booking required
  • Suitable for adults - all levels welcome

The afternoon will start in the studio talking about the process and pleasure of sketching, using pen and wash or pen and watercolour, before moving out into the garden to work.

Please bring a sketchbook, some pens (water-soluble), and if you choose, a small watercolour box and brush. A small stool would also be useful. This workshop will take place inside if the weather is poor.







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