By Gillie Tunley and Evelyn Williams.

The inspired Diana Russell and Liz Real have curated a heartwarming exhibition of work from CIRDIC (Churches in Reading Drop-in Centre) at the Holybrook Gallery, Reading Central Library. Carole Stephens officially opened On the Edge on 17 September.

Clients, who may be homeless or living in extreme conditions on the edge of society, are offered a safe and welcoming refuge at this centre (run by the tireless Mabel Boyd) and the opportunity to express themselves in artistic pursuits – varying from painting and drawing in various mediums, clay modelling, creative sewing and writing.

The exhibition is the culmination of some two years’ work, ranging from fabulous gilded and glowing fish, endearing wildlife studies, bold and beautiful abstracts, jaunty, colourful calligraphy and poignant poetry.

CIRDIC would like to thank The Earley Charity and Reading Soup for funding art materials and covering exhibition costs, which made this beguiling event possible.

The gallery is open during usual library opening hours (closed Wednesday and Sunday) and continues until 28 September.

  1. Holybrook Gallery at Reading Central Library
  2. Churches in Reading Drop in Centre