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This years pre-Christmas Open Studios will be held on December 6th & 7th. As with previous Open Studios events, we will be open between 12 and 6pm on both of these days. Open Studios provides a fantastic opportunity to meet artists, designers and craftspeople and view and buy work directly from them. If you are looking for inspirational, unique and beautiful Christmas presents then Open Studios is the place for you! There will be a warming drink (probably mulled cider) on the door for you, the café will be open for delicious lunches and hot drinks and... there may well be entertainment by the Great Western Studios choir!

If you do not already receive an invitation please drop us an e-mail and we will make sure that you are on our mailing list.

Barely a month goes by without an Art Fair in London - but this month the big one (and it's satellite events) hits London - Frieze. This is the sixth year of the Frieze Art Fair - if you are visiting keep your eyes peeled for Great Western Studios' artists - you may well spot Darren Almond, Katy Moran, Neal Tait and Jeremy Dickinson.

Frieze follows hot on the heels of the London Art Fair which took place at the Royal Hospital in Chelsea between October 2nd & 6th. Studio artists represented at the fair included Rachel Schwalm, Sarah Stitt, Olivia Musgrave and Emily Young.

Coinciding with Frieze are a number of new exhibitions in the Capital. Ex-GWS-er Toby Ziegler has his second solo show at Simon Lee Gallery on Berkeley Street running from October 15th - November 23rd.

Sean Henry has a show of new work at Osborne Samuel Gallery running from October 29th to November 22nd. A monograph on Sean is also now available from all good bookstores and here.

Love Will Bring Us Apart Again (part 4) - this time the Apart team have hit Las Vegas. Sean Alexander once again has a starring role in the Apart proceedings.

While Sean is seeking entertainment, and trying to make a buck or two, in Sin City his wife, Alice Tait, has realised the error of her ways and returned to Great Western Studios after a brief sojourn working from NW10. To complement her drift back to W9 her work is also gracing the pages of local magazine Grove - pedants will argue that Grove also covers NW10 - in a double local whammy her illustration is of the new Carter and Bond store on Westbourne Park Road.

The August issue of Grove magazine featured work by Jo Ratcliffe in its illustration round up.

Back in July I blogged about Tamar Zaig's involvement in the film Baghdad Express - the film has just been chosen to be shown at the Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival on October 27th. If you want to book tickets to see the film you can do so here.

Douglas Abercrombie has work in two successive shows at Poussin Gallery in SE1. The current show, Ten Great Works from the Sixties and Seventies, features one of Douglas's paintings alongside such luminaries as Anthony Caro, John Hoyland and Bridget Riley - the exhibition continues until October 25th. Following this exhibition the gallery are staging a solo show of his work from November 13th to December 20th covering all stages of his immensely productive 50 year career.

Lastly, Sarah Graham has a show at the Sims Reed Gallery in the Economist Building, SW1 which opens on October 21st and runs until November 14th.


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