Haslams offers local artists a helping hand as part of Reading’s Year of Culture

Haslams swapped its estate agency skills for art dealership recently when a brightly-coloured piece of art by local artist Rukshi Brownlow that was hanging in the company’s window, caught the eye of passer-by and property investor Andrew Dugdale.

“I’ve just recently moved into a new apartment in Reading’s town centre,” says buyer Andrew. “I’ve been looking for a modern and stylish piece of art to liven up a blank wall in my living room. During one of my evening walks, I spotted Rukshi’s piece in Haslams’ office window and thought it had real impact so got in touch the very next day to find out if I could purchase it.”

Andrew paid £550 for the art, with the proceeds split between Ruskhi and the Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service.

Rukshi, curator at the Art Scope Gallery at CircleReading Hospital, has been creating art for almost two decades, following a career as an NHS doctor. She is one of a collective of local artists who display their work at the hospital gallery, which raises money for charity.

Although the hospital gallery offers a great space in which to exhibit work, people tend not to make special visits there so the artwork is rarely seen by anyone other than patients and their visitors and those who work at this hospital.

As part of its involvement with Reading’s Year of Culture, Haslams has offered the windows of its offices in Friar Street as secondary platform for artists at the CircleReading Hospital gallery – and other emerging artists – to showcase their work in a prime town centre location.

Rukshi comments: “Haslams’ support is truly wonderful. There is no way I or the other artists would be able to afford any gallery space in such a central location; without Haslams’ help we simply wouldn’t have the great exposure to the public that we have now. It’s the most amazing experience when someone wants to buy a piece of my art, made even greater by the funds we’re raising for the hospice.”

As well as displaying local art, Haslams has also donated £1,000 to the artists to contribute towards the creation of a website and has assisted in the design of marketing leaflets.

Steve Woodford, managing director at Haslams, comments: “It’s not only an exciting year for Reading, it’s been an exciting year for Haslams having moved into our new offices almost a year ago, the space has revolutionised the services we can offer to our clients so we’ve been incredibly busy.

“Our open-plan reception area is perfect for off-plan launches of new developments and our large office windows are ideal to showcase homes on the market, as well as local artists’ work. We’re proud to be a part of the Reading community and to support not only the great work of the Art Scope Gallery in helping local families, but the artists too.”

For more information, call Haslams on 0118 960 1000 or visit http://haslams.net/

For more information about the Art Scope Gallery and its work with Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice Service, visit http://www.artscopeatcircle.co.uk/.

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