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The annual art-departure from London seems to be done and dusted and the art/design season is about to kick off again. The trade design shows go first; Top Drawer saw Lisa Jones Cards exhibit again, 100% design follows this with Fromental. Art London takes place in Chelsea between October 4th and 8th - the Art Movement will be exhibiting Cristina Rodriguez's work, and Sieff Gallery will be showing Sandra Shashou's work here - Frieze, Zoo et al take place from October 11th - 14th.

The relative newcomer to the art/design fair calendar is Form London. Emma Underhill, ex studio-holder at Great Western Studios is advising them on the fine art content of the fair and you can apply by using the forms here.


The Seer website was started a few years ago to provide an online directory of artists and designer makers working in specific London boroughs. Westminster have recently signed up to be part of The Seer as well and to mark this event they are holding an open evening on October 9th at London Print Studio between 6-8. The event will coincide with an exhibition at the Print Studio and will demonstrate the capabilities of the site and why as many artists should be involved as possible.

Kate Gibb has recently had 3 prints selected to be sold online by Product of God. One of the free london papers picked up on this and have labelled her the "one to watch".

Sean Alexander has re-vamped his own website to shift some emphasis to the new print series that he has made.

As well as having her work at Art London, Cristina Rodriguez has a solo exhibition at Chelsea Arts Club which runs from October 1st - 29th.

Sean Henry's work, Couple, was finally installed through the night on August 17th. This landmark piece of public art in the North West was greeted by a flurry of press coverage: You and Yours, Front Row, Five Live, BBC news 24, local BBC news, ITV, the One show, BBC 6pm news, the Guardian, Independent, Times and . . . Hello.

Neal Tait has work in a group show titled Like Leaves which opens on September 15th at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York. The group show is curated by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith the critic and lecturer from University College Dublin.


Also across the proverbial pond, Blue Curry, had work exhibited at Diaspora Vibe in Miami. According to the 2 reviews that Blue sent me his work was the most widely celebrated of those displayed - although you may have to bear in mind that these are the only reviews he sent me! You can read, and judge, them yourself here and here. Opening on September 25th and running to October 7th he is also exhibiting in a show in Vienna titled Failure Notice - the exhibition intends to show the work of "three emerging London artists".


The September edition of Computer Arts Projects features two Great Western illustrators: Alice Tait and Jo Ratcliffe.

The super-slick on-line shop, Toast, has just launched it's homeware collection - bringing a selective taste of the Welsh valleys to the world. Brickett Davda's delectable tableware fits in perfectly with the overall aesthetic, despite bearing no connection to Wales at all.

Their work has also been singled out for praise by 2 bits of press: Marie Claire and the Evening Standard.

The mysterious figure of Pete Gleadall has also surfaced in a recent article in Future Music. Pete is widely cited (in the world of the internet) as the 3rd Pet Shop Boy; having worked with them for well over 10 years. Pete's interview with the magazine states that the main reason that he chose Great Western Studios as his base was the parking - he makes no mention at all of the scintillating, inspirational company of his fellow studio holders, or for that matter the wondrous, tasty and nutritious food served up in the café!

Great Western Studios has been facebooked. Please feel free to join the group - and get your Great Western news by yet another medium.


It's the art world equivalent of Jennifer's Diary and Bystander (Tatler and Harpers respectively) it is the backpages of Art Review. And... making it on to those hallowed pages in the September edition are Darren Almond and, everyone's favourite (male) studio assistant Connor Linskey.

In the exhibition Great Western Studios: A History which took place this May the introduction to the show contained the following paragraph:

"To talk about the history of Great Western Studios is to talk of the story of the artists and craftspeople who have been based in the building. There are professional stories and there are personal stories - alongside career development there have been relationships and births... but, as yet, no interstudio marriages."

Step forward Alice Tait and Sean Alexander to save the day.



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