BBC Radio at Reem Gallery

On Friday 6th October we had the real pleasure of meeting BBC radio presenter Joe Talbot as he broadcast live from Camberley Town.

Presenter Joe Talbot enjoying his surroundings at the warmth and Reem Gallery

When the BBC team noticed the fabolous energy and artworks on display, Joe insisted on a live interview where we discussed the gallery beginnings, our eclectic portfolio artists and Zaid Alexander's engagement!

Listen here, available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days. Segment from 3:27:00

Ironic Banksy murals appear near Barbican in lead up to Basquiat exhibtion

Banksy is not one to miss an opportunity to poke fun at the art establishment and with the Barbican in London preparing to open their new exhibition Basquiat: Boom for Real he has not disappointed.

Discussions are being made to preserve the new murals to avoid further defacing.

The larger of the two murals sees a Basquiat figure receiving a warm welcome from the London Metropolitan Police. Jean-Michel Basquiat started his artistic life as a street artist, becoming known as King Samo with his famous crown tag. The second mural shows a rotating Ferris wheel of crowns, with paying members of the public forming an orderly queue to get in on the action. Subtle mockery that the circus is in town perhaps?

Jean-Michel Basquiat's artworks have gained alot of public interest this year following the ground breaking auction result at Sotheby's New York of Untitled (1982), which achieved $110.5 million

In another ironic twist, discussions are already being held by the Barbican to preserve the murals and avoid any further additions and tagging by other street artists, which has already occurred. If agreed on, the Banksy murals will be covered by Perspex for the forseeable.

Boom for Real opens September 21st until January 28th 2018.

All photographs taken by and property of Reem Gallery.

Sian Storey's 'Golden Peacock' raises £7,000 for Ark Cancer Centre Charity

If you're local to the Hampshire area, more specifically Basingstoke, you most likely would have seen a number of colourful art installations throughout the town over the past few months resembling "book benches". These creations formed part of the Sitting with Jane art trail which commemorated 200 years since Jane Austin's passing. The project also celebrated the historical heritage of one of Britain's most influential women, an author who spent most of her life in Basingstoke and her final years in Winchester.

The wonderfully talented Sian Storey was approached to create two of the 24 book benches on the trail; The Golden Peacock which took inspiration from Pride and Prejudice, and Once Upon a Time in Steventon which depicted Jane's birthplace. On Saturday 16th September the artworks were all auctioned off for the Ark Cancer Centre Charity, with the Golden Peacock raising a fantastic sum of £7,000 for a great cause. The centre is currently aiming to raise £5 million and has at the time of writing reached over £1.5 million. For further details and donations please visit Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Banksy's 'Girl with Balloon' voted nation's favourite artwork

'Girl with Balloon', photo taken by Reem Gallery at the Banksy 'Guerra, Capitalismo & Liberta' exhibition in Rome 2016.

From the streets of London to the hearts of millions around the world, Banksy's iconic 'Girl with Balloon' has now been voted by the Great British public as the most loved artwork to have been created on these shores.

The poll consisted of 2,000 voters and was launched by Samsung to co-inside with the release of their new television, known as The Frame; which when not being viewed acts as an monitor for a selection of pre-installed artworks.

Currently Reem Gallery has artworks available from 5 of the top 20 most loved artists; Banksy, Jack Vettriano, Peter Blake, David Hockney and Stik.

Details of the nation's favourite artworks below:

1 Banksy Girl with Balloon

2 John Constable The Hay Wain

3 Jack Vettriano The Singing Butler

4 JMW Turner The Fighting Temeraire

5 Antony Gormley The Angel of the North

6 LS Lowry Going to the Match

7 John William Waterhouse The Lady of Shalott

8 Peter Blake Sgt Pepper album cover

9 Hipgnosis and George Hardie Dark Side of the Moon album cover

10 George Stubbs Mares and Foals in a River Landscape

11 Thomas Gainsborough Mr and Mrs Andrews

12 John Everett Millais Ophelia

13 Andy Goldsworthy Balanced Rock Misty

14 David Hockney A Bigger Splash

15 Bridget Riley Movement in Squares

16 Anish Kapoor ArcelorMittal Orbit

17 Stik A Couple Hold Hands in the Street

18 Maggi Hambling Scallop

19 Henry Moore Reclining Figure

20 Jamie Reid Never Mind the Bollocks album cover