What is 571 Oxford Road?

571 Oxford Road is new contemporary art gallery based in Reading, England. The gallery is part of Open Hand Open Space.

What is Open Hand Open Space?

OHOS is an artist-led centre based in Reading that fosters excellence in contemporary art and provides affordable studio and exhibition space for artists. Its education and exhibition program is open to all and promotes public access to visual art and artists. Since its foundation in 1980 in a former military keep, its studios or exhibition spaces have been used by well over 100 artists, including Cornelia Parker and Douglas Gordon.

As a community of artists we aim for OHOS to become a thriving centre for contemporary art and a cultural hub for Reading, with a reputation for supporting emerging artists, and educating the public in the appreciation and practice of contemporary visual art.

Open Hand Open Space Limited is a registered charity (charity number 1196484) and a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, (company number 13114792).

Hiring our venue

We aim to present a curated programme of contemporary art exhibitions but we are also a resource for the community. The gallery is available for hire between our programmed exhibitions, and if you would like to hire the space for any cultural of creative activity, you can find out more here.