• The Base
  • Hockney & Hollywood
  • The Base Pass

he Base opened on Friday 8 February 2019 in partnership with Greenham Trust and the Corn Exchange. The £1.7M building was designed by Sutton Griffin architects, based in Newbury.As a purpose-built visual arts and craft building, the venue comprises of an 110sqm gallery, artists’ studios and a workshop space for participatory classes. There is also a café facility managed by Honesty Café group. 

 Striving to be a flagship visual arts venue in West Berkshire, The Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 54 exhibition launched the inaugural gallery programme. Displaying some of the best wildlife photography from across the globe, the exhibition comprised of 100 photograph across 7 categories and is renowned for attracting millions of visitors around the world every year.
 The Base is also home to 8 visual artists and craft makers as well as Open Studios West Berkshire and North Hampshire, who present their annual INSIGHT exhibition at The Base every May.

Friday 22nd October- 28th November

This autumn we are excited to welcome Hollywood to The Base in the form of a major photomontage of an American actress by Britain’s most famous living artist. The Hockney and Hollywood exhibition opens on 22 October and features an extraordinary life sized nude photographic study of Theresa Russell by David Hockney.

The picture called Nude, 17th June 1984 was commissioned by his friend the Hollywood film director Nicolas Roeg to create an extraordinary life sized nude photographic study of Russell for the movie Insignificance, who starred as Marilyn Monroe.

It took Hockney four attempts with a Pentax camera to capture the images he wanted to create the stunning image. The collage shows both Theresa’s front and back as Hockney explores the use of lines and edges in his photography. The actress’s pose, together with the pink satin sheets, her blonde wig and licking of her lips is reminiscent of a centrefold pin up.

Nicolas Roeg, best known for directing Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Witches, documented Hockney at work on the piece, photographing the artist as he prepared the scene, the assistants as they applied make up and Hockney taking the posed shots. These photographs give a unique and intimate never before seen ‘behind the scenes’ look at Hockney that make up an integral part of the exhibition, as one artist observes another.

Hockney and Hollywood is on loan from The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle (thebowesmuseum.org.uk).

Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

Open Wed to Sun, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Tickets £8 (£7 concs, £5 schools/students, under-16s free)

Parent and Baby Day: Wed 10 Nov

Relaxed Day: Fri 19 Nov

Tickets must be booked in advance and we ask customers to select an e-ticket if possible. If you are unable to book an e-ticket, please speak to our Box Office team.

In accordance with Government regulations sectors including leisure, entertainment and hospitality are now legally obliged to have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus. Anyone in your party aged 16 or over will be asked to scan the Test and Trace QR code or to record their contact details with us.

We want you to feel confident about booking in advance for exhibitions. It is very important that people displaying symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend an event. If you are unwell with coronavirus symptoms or having to self-isolate, please phone the Box Office and we will arrange for your tickets to be transferred, credited to your account or refunded, as long as you tell us in advance of your booked time slot.

We’re giving you the opportunity to enjoy unlimited access to our Gallery for a whole year!

Throughout the year, The Base attracts high quality touring exhibitions from the likes of the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and more. We know that sometimes one visit just isn’t enough to take in all the talent on show. So we bring you the Base Pass, enabling you to come and go as often as you like to each exhibition for a whole year!


Base Pass - £20

Unlimited entry to The Base Gallery for 12 months*

10% off at Honesty owned outlets*


Base Pass PLUS - £25

ALL of the above... PLUS discounts on selected workshops, courses and events at The Base