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Summer Open Studios will take place on June 7th & 8th this year. If you haven't been to one these events before please come to this one – and invite all your friends! It is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists, designers and craftspeople who work from the building and have the chance of buying exclusive, inspirational, one off pieces of art and design directly from the talented people who have made them.


On until the first day of Open Studios is Neal Tait's show, The Dressmaker Who Lived On The Outskirts, at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. No doubt the reviews will follow and I will be able to post them in the next newsletter.


Already reviewed are some shows that opened in April. Yukako Shibata's show at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation continues until May 22nd, catch it while you can. Her show was reviewed in Time Out.


Catherine Goodman's show at Marlborough Fine Art on Albemarle Street opened on a rain sodden April evening, but was rammed with people none the less. Catherine is showing a series of paintings made of a room in her grandparent's flat where she spent part of her childhood; there are also portraits, and instantly recognisable studio shots showing both the interior of her workspace and the oh-so-glamourous view from the entrance of her studio looking towards the railway lines and tube station. Catherine was profiled in the Times just before her exhibition opened detailing both the works in her exhibition and her role as Artistic Director at the Prince's Drawing School.


Lynn Parotti's joint show with her sister was front page news in the Nassau Guardian.


Seemingly any article on wallpaper is duty bound to mention Fromental; either that, or perhaps more likely, their hand printed and embroidered wallpaper really is way ahead of the competition.


The weekend of May 31st and June 1st is the date for the the Untitled Artists Fair at Chelsea Town Hall on the King's Road. Faye Haskins is taking part in this event and you can download free tickets to the event via this website.


The summer sculpture garden shows are about to kick off. The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden in Surrey features three GWS artists: Paul Vanstone, David Worthington and Emily Young. The gardens are open from May through to the end of October. David also has work at Newby Hall and Gardens in North Yorkshire, the season for which runs from June until September.


The Justin Hibbs and David Ben White world tour has reached the banks of Lac Leman in Switzerland and they have rested their curatorial work, Working Space, at Galerie Lacy Mackintosh for the period May 16th through to June 28th. This is a reformatting of the show that was at the University of the Arts gallery space on Davies Street, W1 for most of April - where it stops next . . . nobody knows.


Making a welcome return to the UK is another expatriated Great Westerner - Sarah Stitt. Although she is now based in LA, Sarah has a forthcoming show at Long & Ryle, 4 John Islip Street, SW1. Entitled New Work from the New World the show opens on June 3rd and runs until June 27th.


Still Another Place opened on May 1st at The Crypt, St Pancras Parish Church. The exhibition features Simon Dawe, Julie Goldsmith, Rachel Schwalm, Paul Vanstone and Felicity Warbrick and coincides with the church's London Fesitval of Contemporary Church Music. Still Another Place is open until May 29th and is on every day from 10am until 7pm – installation shots right.


The L.A. show, Love Will Bring Us Apart Again, has featured in previous posts – it is now making it's way to shores more familiar (and convenient) by touching down at 133-137 Westbourne Grove (on the corner of Chepstow Rd). The show once again features work by Sean Alexander and opens on Thursday May 22nd. For a special Sean Alexander / Alice Tait feature read our blog here.


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