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A man chats on his phone beside a painting on a wall in Portobello Road, west London

Home is Where the Art is

The formula is straightforward and simple. Assemble an assorted mix of talented and hospitable artists in different media willing to throw their doors open to complete strangers and you have the Artists at Home show now in its 40th year. This year 52 pop-up exhibitions await you across Chiswick, Hammersmith and Shepherd’s Bush comprising 68 artists delighted to welcome you to their houses, studios and flats, to view paintings, glass-making, ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photographs, textiles, and jewellery. This year for the first time every studio will be open on the Friday evening’s first show date. There is a Map to help you plan your visits to the artists that appeal to you. A tip from the organisers: “Don’t forget the houses that seem a bit isolated – they are always worth the extra travel!” What is AAH? Artists at Home is an annual open studios scheme held over 3 days in mid-June. AAH is run on a voluntary basis by the artists themselves. It began with just a few artists over 40 years ago, making …

Sir Winston Churchill speaking at Blythe Road, Hammersmith, London, when he made an eve of poll tour to address the crowds on behalf of the Conservatives. Seated in the car is the Conservative candidate Mr A. Fell. Mr Churchill addressed four meetings

#GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Would the soaring rhetoric of a Winston Churchill have been suited to the political campaign slugfest of the 21st century? For them, no battle-buses, digital and social media gurus or American campaign strategists. Just a trusted open-top wagon with all the passion and oratorical skills they could muster. Fast-forward to 2015 and the UK general elections is shaping up to be the most-covered elections in modern times, thanks to a plethora of media platforms, social media, streaming apps and do-it-yourself broadcasting tools. But perhaps devoid of the human affection and interaction with which a Churchill would have been more familiar. Apart from the traditional voter, modern-day politicians also have to appeal to the millennials who inhabit a digital world exclusively. In the mix are also an array of hyperlocal news sites and irreverent forums where locals vent their spleen. Politicians indeed have their work cut out as they try to spread their message and canvass for votes. And yes, there is no hiding place from the media glare and public scrutiny. Photo opportunities that go awry …