CONTEMPORARY artists are brushing up their skills in readiness for this year’s open studios.

The launch of the Swindon Open Studios 2010 takes place at the Post Modern Art Gallery, in Theatre Square, on September 11 and 12 when nine artists will be busy creating their masterpieces in their own studios within the gallery.

During the event the gallery will also host “50/50?’’, an exhibition of new work by the Artsite associates, which runs from September 1 to 15.

The exhibition will be open Wednesday to Friday from 11am to 4pm and weekends from 11am to 5pm.

Swindon Open Studios is open to artists and crafts people living or working within a 12-mile radius of Swindon.

For more information about the event call 01793 527149.