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Great Western Studios are very excited to be signed up for London Design Festival, 20th-26th September. Linked with Tom Dixon and the Portobello Dock we will host design talks, showcases of new products and designs by internal and external exhibitors and studios open to the public. Please write to office@greatwesternstudios for more information or if you'd like to exhibit or create an event for the week.


Tommy Penton Sketches Franz West at the MOMA is currently exhibiting in the Project Space, Great Western Studios. The work was done at the Sculpture Gardens at MOMA, New York and is printed over 25 panels, stretching the full length of three walls. The fast fluid sketch work was an exercise in drawing - without questioning what was being drawn. The show will run until 10th September, with a private view 2nd September. The Project Space is open to the public weekdays 9.30am to 6pm.


The next exhibition in the Project Space will be Liza Campbell's Dark Boxes. These dioramas contain small figures and each tell a story in a single line of text, creating small worlds that are dark, funny and wistful. The exhibition runs from 15th September to 6th October, open to the public weekdays between 9.30am and 6pm.


A visit to Tempo restaurant and bar on Curzon Street, Mayfair, is well worth a visit, not only because of its delicious food but also as it's recently been designed and refurbished under the careful eye of interior designer Daniel Hopwood. The restaurant has been owned by the same Italian family for over fifty years. The main restaurant has been designed to have a feel of a traditional trattoria, simple with the use of bright turquoise chairs and soft sienna coloured walls, lit with vintage lighting. Upstairs is a private dining room which is rather plush and more English and the bar where Dan's team discovered the original rococo paneling and which was restored.


Darren Almond is exhibiting at White Cube Mason's Yard from 3rd September to 2nd of October. The exhibition brings together the themes; notion of time, landscape and travel as well as political and historical memory in two bodies of work: a series of time-lapse photographs taken in the Faroe Islands, between the coast of Norway and Iceland, and a film installation shot in Siberia, at the extreme edge of the northern hemisphere. The title of the exhibition, The Principle of Moments, refers to a moment of balance between emotion and concept; moments being a term used in physics to express a force that rotates an object about an axis.


Kathrine Campbell Pedersen has had a busy summer. She's been in two different exhibitions, Art at Mind at the Brick Lane Gallery, and she also took part in the Notting Hill Visual Art Festival exhibiting at both the Tabernacle Gallery and Gallery 118. Her brand new piece, United Jack, is a quadtych based on the Union Jack, but incorporates a multitude of colours, shapes and angles to depict a nation flavoured by multicultural diversity, which encourages a sense of pride for Britishness.


Mole Browne is holding classes in Verre églomis é, gilding on glass, in September and October. The classes will take place at Reyntiens Glass Studio, N1, and the students will produce their own panel and gilded pieces to take home following the workshop. To sign up for the workshop, please contact John Reyntiens, johnreyntiens@mac.com or 0207 729 8718.


Elvan Erdin has been invited to take part in the second Canakkale Biennial in northwest Turkey under the conceptual framework of “Kurgusal Gerçekler, Dönüşümler,” or “Fictional Realities, Transformations.” The biennial will showcase works of art by 70 contemporary artists and art groups from around the world. Elvan will also be showing her work as part of The Koridor Contemporary Art Program, the largest art fair in Istanbul, at the end of October.


Karen Hobbs is the costume designer for Series One of Getting On, which started Thursday 5th August 10pm on BBC 2, with great reviews from both The Guardian and The Times. Written by and starring Jo Brand, Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan, and directed by Peter Capaldi, it is a pitch-black hospital comedy emerging from the mire of the mundanity, bureaucracy and absurdity of health care with warmth, wit and laughter. If you missed the first episodes they are still available on iPlayer here.


Keep an eye out for BA5H artwork as you walk around the city. BA5H as been giving some of his work away by sticking it on the streets, pavements and walls of London.


Hand bag designer Love Nicole Fahrendorf has launched a new website where you can find fabulous hand bags for all evenings.


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