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July is the stage for exciting times at Great Western Studios, the fit out work is now complete on the upper floors and we have waved a cheery farewell to all of the builders! The building is now ours again and we have already had a number of new clients moving in to the new studios, we would like to welcome Moxon Architects, Totality UK, Float, Mark Lutyens, and Honest Entertainment who have all moved in to the upper floors. The coming months are set to be rather hectic with several more new clients due to move in.

Tommy Penton & Kate Gibb successfully applied and currently feature in this months Creative Review Magazines first Illustration Annual. Entries were judged by Angus Hyland (Pentagram), Stephen Petch (Independent Saturday Magazine) & Paul Cohen (McCann-Erickson) under four categories; Personal Work / Design / Editorial & Advertising. See more here...

Sanja Sakic is currently taking part in the Virgin Media Shorts competition. The film features a prototype currently being produced by Sanja. It is a unique take on a conventional tea set and explores the sexual energy and rarely acknowledged semiotics enjoyed by a man and woman over afternoon tea.


It has been a whirlwind few months for Martha Freud who features in the Hospital Club's list of the 100 most influential figures across the creative industries. Under the title Brave New Futures, the list names the five top emerging and established figures in ten disciplines, including design, digital and film. Martha has received coverage from a number of publications namely Design Week website and The Independent. You can also read more about Martha on the Hospital Club's website here...

Sophie Mollins is the Arts coordinator for Artists Project Earth who have a new album coming out called Revival, all proceeds will go towards supporting the relief effort in Haiti, Chile and Tibet.

About Running - a film by Suky Best is showing at the Great North Museum for the exhibition entitled In The Long Run: 30 Years Of The Great North Run. The exhibition starts on 17th July and will be open until 17th October. All the moving image commissions will be exhibited, including other works by Claire Leona Apps, Vicki Bennett, Sir Peter Blake, Ravi Deepres and Michael Baig-Clifford, Graham Dolphin, James Edwards, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Julian Germain, Jane and Louise Wilson.

Suky also has work at Tatton Park Biennial until 26th September and the work can also be viewed online here...

Julie Goldsmith is taking part an the three day Art Festival - Hackney Wicked at The Old Blue Printing Building, Unit 6 Queens Yard, White Post Lane E9. Julie will be showing an installation of sculpture and drawings and will also have a selection of hand painted ceramic plates available to buy throughout the festival.

Earlier this month saw a pop up exhibition featuring Shiv and put together by Tilt Collective. The theme was Black and White and this was the second of their exhibitions in which Shiv has taken part. The event took place from the 1st to the 4th July at the Red Gallery on Rivington Street and included BP Mickey by Shiv.

Jay Jay Burridge's solo show "When Superstars Ruled The World" at the Lazarides Gallery in LA from the 12th to 27th August held at an 8000 square foot prime space in the heart of Beverly Hills. The content of the show is a closely guarded secret but we can reveal it will include breakdancing dinosaurs. Jay Jay has brought dinosaurs back to life and twisted them to fit in to our modern lives with an exceptional outcome. His re invention of these classic beasts will definitely make the headlines and become the most talked about show of the year.

Calligrams features four painters whose work explores contemporary paths of minimalist abstraction. The exhibition brings together UK artists Jane Bustin and Estelle Thompson with American painters, Kevin Finklea and Matt Magee. Calligrams poses questions about the challenge involved in reinventing non-representational genres. The artists work within traditional parameters of colour, form and support, yet each in individual ways extends them. The exhibition runs until 24th July Eagle Gallery, 159 Farringdon Road EC1R.

David Cranswick will be running a five day workshop from 6th to 10th September entitled The Alchemy Of Paint. Working with the semi precious rocks Malachite, Azurite Cinnabar and Chrysocolla, as well as certain plant colours (Madder roots, Brazil wood and Persian berry), students will discover first hand the miraculous processes by which these raw materials are ground, washed purified and; in some cases, heated and precipitated, and slowly transformed into luminous jewel like pigments. If you wish to find out more or book a place contact David directly at



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