Interview with SESSIONS Set and Costume Designer

Ahead of Paines Plough’s latest touring show SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick coming to South Hill Park on Wed 27 Oct, the company took a few moments to speak with the show’s designer, Anna Reid, to find out about her work, what it takes to create the look of a Paines...

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Fri 8 Oct Join us for a walk or tai-chi session in South Hill Park's beautiful grounds, Bracknell. Tai Chi: 11am-12noon Walk: 12.30-13.15pm Join us for an optional tea or coffee, cake and a chat to find out more about local mental health...

Auditions for the Studio Theatre Company’s next production Road

Come audition for the Studio Theatre Company's next production Road, by Jim Cartwright on Mon 27 Sept 7.30pm, and Fri 1 Oct 7.30pm. They will be group auditions, nothing to prepare. The company are looking for 7 actors most of whom will multi role. The performance...

Shrek 2022 Auditions

We are excited to share that our 2022 Easter Production will be Shrek The Musical - coming to the Wilde Theatre in April 2022! If you would like to be part of the greatest fairy tale never told, that's guaranteed family fun, then book your audition here. Auditions...

RARE Productions Hairspray Auditions

Visiting company RARE Productions will hold open auditions for their production of Hairspray at South Hill Park from Thu 3 - Sat 5 Feb 2022. Auditions will take place at South Hill Park on Tue 5 & Sat 9 Oct and are open for anyone aged 8-21yrs. Audition event...

Excellent results for South Hill Park’s LAMDA students

Eleven learners took their LAMDA exams at South Hill Park this summer under the tuition of Mark Hooper (Director of Learning, Participation and Community Engagement). The learners (10 Grade 8 & 1 Grade 1) had their exams cancelled at the start of the pandemic and...

Bracknell resident completes 500km run for South Hill Park Trust appeal

On 12 June 2020 Bracknell Forest resident David Baker pledged to run 500km in aid of South Hill Park Trust’s major public fundraising campaign following the potentially devastating impact of Covid-19. On Saturday 12 June 2021 David will complete this mammoth feet at...

An acting debut in Rope 2021

Gordon Vince, who will make his acting debut in the Studio Theatre Company’s 50th show celebration performance of Rope from Wed 23 – Sun 26 June, has shared with us what made him want to audition, what audiences can look forward to, and some behind the scenes...

Live events return to the Wilde

‘The social distancing at this was amazing; lines and rows of seats physically removed to keep all groups apart with a fantastic one-way system and oodles of sanitiser everywhere. It was lovely to support a local production and the cast were insanely good.’ – Louise,...

Calling all 8-18yr olds to audition for this year’s Pantomime, Cinderella (2021)

Panto Auditions – Junior Ensemble Want to be in panto? Oh yes, you do! Audition for South HiIl Park’s in-house pantomime production this Christmas Cinderella (Fri 26 Nov 2021 – Mon 3 Jan 2022). We are looking for 30 young performers who can dance, sing and act to form...



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Exhibition Archive

In this archive you can find details of exhibitions previously displayed at South Hill Park, starting from 2019.


28 September – 3 November, Studio Gallery (still called Print gallery)

Photography exhibition influenced by archival photography
Preview: 28/9/2019 Breakfast PV at Tall Hall

This exhibition showcases Camila Mora Scheihing’s ongoing project of developing and reconstructing rolls of undeveloped family films that were misplaced for more than forty years.

With the decision to develop these and to record the process, the artist became ambivalent about her initial desire to know the events these photographs had captured.

As Mora writes she ‘was in turn disappointed, elated, moved, angry, and surprised by the result’.


19th September – 1st November 2020, Mansion Galleries

Preview: 24/09 Drinks reception Tall Hall
Events: ‘In Conversation’ at South Hill Park, 17th October 2020 at Recital Room
Curator’s Tour: 6, 17 & 22/10/2020

An exhibition of photographs, sets of drawings and short films about connections, both visual and human, in which you are invited to discover linkages and enjoy multiplicity, pattern and repetition. At the heart of the exhibition are two photographic projects: Tineke’s Circle and Cally’s Artists’ Hands, which were first presented side by side each week on Cally’s website

For years Tineke has been noticing visual links, especially in nature. She is amazed at how the wind shapes clouds, and how water shapes sand and snow. The connection needs to be a visual one: shape, colour, rhythm or composition. Very different things can look similar: the trunk of a tree can look like a pattern on a beach.

For Cally, hands are as individual and as expressive as faces. When taking the photographs, she looks for a characteristic or revealing gesture, pose or action. This fascination with hands started with her drawing her own, and observing their variation, flexibility and character. Nine of these lifesize drawings – in which she draws her right hand with her left hand and vice versa – are included in the exhibition.

Two other works reveal more of Tineke’s interest in the obsessive following of rules that she sets herself. Protected is made of two wooden stools covered in 347 coats of varnish, and the sets of Untitled drawings obey very strict restrictions: working within a 12 x 12cm square, using an 8B pencil to draw only simple lines.

Tineke Bruijnzeels, an artist from the Netherlands, and Cally Trench, an artist from England, first met on their Fine Art BA, and have previously worked together on two year-long drawing projects.

Tineke Bruijnzeels’s art practice varies from installations to minimalist drawings and layered paintings. After living in several countries over the last 29 years, Tineke Bruijnzeels now lives and works back in the Netherlands. She has a BA in Graphic Design and Advertising from Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Rotterdam (now Willem de Kooning Academy), and a BA in Fine Art from BCUC (now Buckinghamshire New University).

Cally Trench is an artist whose work includes drawings, short films and board games. One of her concerns is with the human body, and she makes drawings of her own and other people’s faces, bodies, hands and feet. Cally has an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins. She lives and works in Buckinghamshire, England.


27 April – 31 May 2020, Studio Gallery. Cancelled due to covid. Featured Online

Preview Thursday 30 April 6-8pm cancelled due to covid
Talk 7pm at the Garden Room cancelled due to covid

Local photographers share their inspirational snaps

Two photos have been chosen as the winning entries of this year’s Bracknell Forest photo competition, which celebrates what inspires people about living and working in the borough.

Over 140 eye-catching photos were submitted to the competition, run by Bracknell Forest Council with sponsorship provided by the Economic Skills and Development Partnership (ESDP) and Duncan Yeardley Estate Agents.

The winner of the adult category and of a £100 The Lexicon gift card was Graham Butcher, for his stunning photo of a wasp on a yellow flower at Savernake Park. Graham, who lives in Surrey, is a regular visitor to the borough and enjoys capturing the nature and wildlife that inspires him and his photography.

Crowthorne resident, 15 year old Finley Saunders, was inspired to capture a self-portrait of himself mountain biking in Swinley Forest. He won top spot in the under 18s category and a £50 gift card for his entry.

In total there were five prize-winning images and twelve that were shortlisted, which will all form part of an exhibition at South Hill Park next spring.

Bob Collis, Chair of the ESDP said: “The photo entries this year were truly inspiring and show what a great place Bracknell Forest has become! Well done to all who entered and especially the prize-winning entries. The standard was very high indeed”.

Cllr John Harrison executive member for culture, delivery and public protection said, “I enjoyed being part of the photo competition judging this year and it was good to see so many great images from talented local amateur photographers.”

Winning image in the adult category, ‘Wasp on Yellow Flower taken at Savernake Park’, by Graham Butcher.

Winning image of the under 18s category, ‘Mountain Biking in Swinley Forest’, by Finley Saunders.

The prizes were in the form of The Lexicon gift cards provided by the competition sponsors.

The judging panel comprised:
Bob Collis, Chair of the ESDP
Nick Thring, Director of Duncan Yeardley Estate Agents
Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection
Jeff Lawrence, accredited photographic judge
Loucia Manopoulou, Curator at South Hill Park
Graham Pockett, parks and countryside development manager

The full results from the photo competition will soon be available to view on Bracknell Forest website.

The exhibition is run in partnership with the ESDP, Duncan Yeardley Estate Agent and South Hill Park Arts Centre.

The ESDP is a business-driven partnership, supported by Bracknell Forest Council and owned by its business membership. It is unique within the region, having represented businesses in Bracknell Forest for many years.


14 March – 19 April 2020,  Studio Gallery and Online gallery

Preview: Evening Drinks 19th March Tall Hall
Event: Two days Mini residency and Meet the Artist, studio Gallery: Cancelled due to Covid

“In experiencing places, we simultaneously encounter two closely related but different landscapes. The one lying beneath our feet, […] the other is the perceived landscape, consisting of sensed and remembered accounts.” Muir R.

KATE BOUCHER’s work is created in response to landscapes that are in some way, transitional. These landscapes are recorded in the liminal states of twilight and daybreak, where the separation seems thinner between the real, the sensed and the remembered.

Boucher responds to these landscapes through a drawing and making practice, exploring this tension between the sensed and the known. She records her complex responses to landscape through intense study, habitual practices and serial working.

She immerses herself in her chosen landscapes, inhabits them, travels through them, on repeated and habitual routes. To record these complex responses, limited materials and a set of procedures are created by her for each site. The lists outline processes for serial working, recording responses to place, through sketchbooks, photography, drawing and assemblage.

These visual responses, are created in partnership with each other as keepsakes. Each piece in the series attempting to better express or expose the underlying reason why, whilst lost in thought and immersed in the landscape, Boucher’s attentions or emotions might have been drawn to one thing over another.

KATE BOUCHER studied at Chelsea School of Art in the early 1990s. She graduated from West Dean College with a Master of Fine Art (Distinction) in 2016. She was awarded a prestigious QEST Scholarship in 2015 and was the Edward James Scholar in 2016. Her work has been exhibited with that of David Nash RA and Tai Shan Schierenberg and is held in the collection of The Edward James Foundation, alongside works by Leanora Carrington, Salvador Dali and René Magritte.
instagram: misskateboucher


14 March – 19 April 2020, Mirror Gallery, and Online gallery

A ceramic installation with sound

Preview: Evening Drinks 19th March Tall Hall
Event Artist Talk 28/3 cancelled due to Covid

“…that I am weary of words and people. Sick of the city, wanting the sea.” Exiled by Edna St Vincent Millay

In today’s environment we are busier than ever, juggling work and home, immersed in busy-ness and noise. We enjoy the hustle and bustle, but also need to take time out. When I can, I head for the coast. Once there those pressures have room to dissipate and dissolve – scattered to the four corners by the wind

My work aims to evoke memories of time spent at the coast – moments when you were relaxed, when the sound of the waves and the wind was all you could hear, rising and falling, encompassing you, blowing away the detritus of niggles and irritations from the dusty corners of your mind.

While you are here, immerse yourself for a moment. Stand and let those memories return, listen to the sound of the wind and the waves and let your mind wander. Take time to recharge your batteries, so that you leave refreshed and invigorated.

Sound Designer, Oliver Jewitt Harris, has worked with Karen to create the enveloping ambient sounds of the sea, emotionally connecting and enhancing the visual experience.

KAREN MARKS is a Ceramic Artist, graduating from the University for The Creative Arts in Farnham with a BA (Hons) in Ceramics (Three Dimensional Design). She works with porcelain, throwing and altering her work while damp to capture the energy of the sea. Her work has been exhibited around the UK, including at the Oxo Tower Wharf and Mall Galleries in London, and is regularly exhibited at Art in Clay at Hatfield House.

She is a Member of the Society for Designer Craftsmen, West Forest Potters and London Potters.


15 February – 5 July 2020 (Extended until January 2021), Atrium and Balcony Gallery, and Online gallery

New work and prints

Preview: 2/4 Balcony Gallery Cancelled due to Covid (rescheduled for Preview Drinks evening, Free ticketed event at the Atrium on 27th October)

Heather Upton, presents DARKNESS IN THE LIGHT, LIGHTNESS IN THE DARK. An exhibition of recent work, including original prints, drawings and paintings.

The work is the abstraction of natural phenomena intertwined with the inner workings of the mind and spirit. Heather creates intuitively, uncovering and discovering emotional depths to offer a vision of soulness with her own personal vocabulary of mark-making. Having recently lost both parents, her journey of making art has begun a transformative pathway forward – delving deeply into the inseparability of death and life itself.

Heather Upton is Head of Printmaking at South Hill Park. She is an award winning artist and trained in Fine Art and Dance at Brighton University, and acquired her Masters degree in Fine Art Printmaking at Winchester School of Art.


25 January – 01 March 2020, Studio Gallery

Photography: a dialogue between photography and sculpture

Preview: 30/01 Evening drinks Tall Hall

This ongoing series proposes ways in which the focus and photography of sculptural forms can generate new works which function beyond that of straightforward documentation. The objects or sculptures subsequently occur as interpretations informed by specific viewpoints and therefore may be described as virtual or partially imagined and ultimately exist as a series of concepts.

“A photograph is an image of concepts” Vilem Flusser | instagram


25 January – 01 March 2020, Mirror Gallery, Grand-staircase (Projector, TV monitor, Landing)

Exhibition sponsored by the University for The Creative Arts (UCA)

Preview: 30/01 Evening drinks Tall Hall
Events: Mini Residency and Meet the artist Kas Williams 24 February, Mirror Gallery

SENSORY EXPEDITION invites us to focus in experiencing the properties of colour light and sound. The Mirror Gallery is transformed into a multi-sensory space where visitors are invited to explore and engage with the environment. The exhibition is a playful journey through pattern, colour, light and sound featuring work by three artists, each working in distinctly different disciplines sharing a commonality of approach to inspiration, experimentation and deep knowledge of processes and their material.

KAS WILLIAMS’ colourful and playful installation features devoré fabric that is physically vulnerable yet alluring, emphasising the imperfections and marks as distinctive characteristics of the hand of the maker. Her work with acetates is a visual orchestration of colour, light and pattern creating pieces that float off the surface, in what she calls “three dimensional painting”. FUTURETRO light sculptures, 3-DELEQ and DNA, in tandem with VANGELIS KATSINAS’ guitar sounds create a third dimension – a visual and musical interpretation of light, that opens up aspects of the sensory world to our attention. Technology amplifies the sensory expedition of the eye and the ear.

During the show, Williams entices the visitors to contribute onto her ongoing installation, while Katsinas invites the audience to use an electronic instrument to trigger Futuretro’s sound-responsive light sculpture, DNA, into life.

KAS WILLIAMS is a textile artist making work of individual character using a mixture of ma- terials to create sophisticated pieces that combine craft elements with abstract imagery.

FUTURETRO skilfully handcrafted light sculptures are inspired by the natural world dreams and inner visions.

VANGELIS KATSINAS is a musician composer and producer with a strong interest in the guitar. | instagram @ kaswilliams | facebook: Kas Williams | instagram @ FUTURETROart
YouTube: | facebook: Vangelis Katsinas


23 November 2019 – 12 January 2020, Mirror Gallery, Studio Gallery, Grand-staircase (Project, TV-monitor and Landing)

An interactive art exhibition about neurodiversity. The artist supported by the Arts Council

Preview: 23/10 Breakfast PV Tall Hall
Events: Meet the Artist 3/12/2019 World Disability Day,
Artist talk 12/1/2020 at the Cinema

Life on a Spectrum (Sat 23 Nov 2019 – Sun 12 Jan 2020) by artist Mahlia Amatina will host a group visit of home educated girls with autism, to celebrate the day and the exhibition. They will also be accompanied around the exhibition with Mahlia herself.

After being diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2015, Mahlia was inspired to share the unique sensory experiences of life on the autistic spectrum through her art. Her newest exhibition Life On A Spectrum is a multi-sensory experience of colour, line, shape, and form through tactile art that explores the creative side of neurodiversity.

Working around the theme of neurodiversity, Mahlia has transformed her signature style of abstract colourism into a unique, interactive, multi-sensory experience that invites viewers to engage on the level that works for them. Life on a Spectrum is an accumulation of work created both in residency in Barcelona, as well as in New York City through the Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice fund.

South Hill Park Arts Centre has the pleasure of hosting this exciting interactive exhibition. Mahlia uses visual art, writing, videography, and performance art to involve viewers in the exhibition space. Visitors can play an active role in the creative process as they are encouraged to interact with exhibit elements by generating their art using pre-cut magnetic shapes, and leaving responses to questions related to autism-specific traits.

The exhibition evolves, as more reactions are collated and the narrative on neurodiversity continues to grow within the space. Mahlia says that she hasn’t done anything quite so dependent on audience interaction before, so she is excited to see how that pans out!

Mahlia Amatina was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome four years ago, and since then her work has revolved around raising awareness on autism and neurodiversity through her artwork. ‘Life on a Spectrum’ is supported by Arts Council England (ACE)


11 October 2019 – 2 February 2020, Atrium and Balcony Gallery (Long gallery at the time)

New work a response to jazz music

Preview: 23/10/2019 Breakfast PV Tall Hall
Event: Artist talk 23/11/2019 at the Cinema

SENSESENCE describes the human process of absorbing sound and translating it into the visual through interaction of sight and touch’.

SENSESENCE is a body of work, where music is transferred into paintings in a performative manner. Crawford draws her influences from music, film, physical interaction, movement, touch, and nature. She translates sound into visual form through instinctive gestures. The artist incorporates the physical action of the body, exploiting and playing with the time between gesture and the surface.

CAROLINE CRAWFORD is a multidisciplinary artist based in Berkshire and one of South Hill Park’s talented tutors, leading several painting courses throughout the year

Note from the artist: This show is dedicated to my late parents Betty & Bernard Babister

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