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From September 2022

3 Sep 2022-26 Aug 2023

Big, bold and colourful the Abstract Art exhibition is a joyful display of paintings and sculptures from the Reading Museum collection.

Abstract art is about much more than imitating the world as we see it and it can be many different things.  It can be an exploration of notions that all artists think about like colour, shape, space, composition, or materials. It can be an expression of emotion. It can seduce or repel us with optical effects, and it can be the result of experiment, chance, even accident.  Often it demands our attention and always it repays our investigation.

The exhibition includes works by great abstract artists like Terry Frost, Steven Buckley, Prunella Clough and Barbara Rae with examples of related ceramics and weavings.

And now with new music inspired by the artworks, which you can listen to via your smartphone (and headphones) using the QR codes on four of the pieces. For more info on this project, head to