Summer Open Studios 2019

Choc Summer 19 FlyerSummer Open Studios at the Chocolate Factory

Saturday 6 & 7 July 11am – 6pm

Private View Friday 5th July 6.30 – 8:30pm

Our Summer Open Studios are a wonderful opportunity to meet the crafts people, artists and designers at the Chocolate Factory; to see our creativity first hand, and often before anyone else, as it emerges inside the studio.

Check our Facebook Page and Instagram for updates and news on all the artists taking part as we lead up to the open day.


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Amelia Humber, Open Studios

Amelia Humber is back from maternity leave and looking forward to Open Studios next weekend. Please pop by to say hello and to see what shes been up to since returning to the Chocolate Factory.

Sat 6th & Sun 7th July- 11am to 5pm* (closing earlier than other studios)

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Just Take Me Home Studio Sale 5-7July




During our Open Studio weekend …

Just Take Me Home Studio Sale – one reckless weekend only – do not miss! 

In an attempt to make space in my ever more congested studio at the Chocolate Factory, I’m holding a one-off Just Take Me Home Studio Sale

Many items – marked with a green dot – will never be exhibited again and just need a good home. For that reason, in a reversal of the usual practice, I’m not telling you how much you need to pay for a piece you love – you tell me.


If you see something you love enough to take home – make me an offer!

Chances are I’ll accept, though if it seems a little … shall we say … unreasonable, we’ll wait till the end of the sale to compare bids.


This is a one off opportunity to pick up a bargain from amongst rarely or never seen pieces from right across my career – from still life to landscape, from sketch to finished work, small and large, on paper, canvas and panel, in a variety of media, some highly experimental.

The inventory below contains a selection of what is available and you can make your bids from today or by visiting during Chocolate Factory Open Studios on 5-7 July. 

Please note – I’ll be in my studio in person only on Saturday 6th July 11-4.

Private view night on Friday 5th (6-9pm) and Sunday 11-5 will be staffed by Molly – my lovely American intern.


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Lydia Bauman interview with JacksonsArt



See this interview with jacksonsart  in which I talk about my project Looking for Georgia, but also about how I became an artist, my studio practice, the place of beauty in today’s art, coping with plein air work, being a woman artist , relationships with Galleries and other topics relevant to artists today. Enjoy!


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LYDIA BAUMAN Kickstarter campaign for Looking for Georgia – get involved!



In September 2017 I travelled to Northern New Mexico to see for myself the places painted by the legendary Georgia O’Keeffe. I wanted to gain a better insight into the nature of her achievement as one of the most celebrated American painters of the 20th century. The art historian in me wanted to deepen my understanding of her work. The artist in me needed to challenge my own landscape painting practice. I was curious to find out how two artists working in different times, with different methods and techniques could do justice to that landscape. Georgia, who called it her ‘backyard’ painted it it situ, but on a small scale and in traditional oil on canvas. Can an artist, who has only a brief acquaintance with the region, working in London, but equipped with a set of experimental techniques, reflect the grandeur and local spirit of the land?

The journey and its revelations were beyond my wildest expectations.

I’m dedicating the next 10 months to creating a series of paintings in response to what I had seen, using my own unique mixed media technique with which I hope to capture the texture and spirit of the desert. It will be a period of experimentation and innovation, searching for new methods best suited to portray this most challenging of landscapes. It will culminate with a major solo show at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries scheduled from 24 February to 2 March 2019.

GET INVOLVED – check out my Kickstarter campaign

I’m running a Kickstarter campaign in order to spread the word about this exciting project and gain support to help me complete the new series of paintings, frame and document them in an exhibition catalogue and finance the exhibition.. Your pledges will earn exciting awards in the form of, among others, signed prints, exclusive studio and National Gallery events, and original paintings.

The campaign runs till 31st July 2018

Please watch, please pledge, please be part of this journey and help me make it happen.



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Looking for Georgia – Artist Talk Studio F9 3pm 1st July


work in progress in Studio F9

work in progress in Studio F9

see for yourself and hear the story of Lydia’s journey to New Mexico to find and then reinterpret landscapes made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe.

Chocolate Factory Open Studios Sunday 1st July at 3 pm in Studio F9

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“Looking for Georgia” – Artist Talk by Lydia Bauman 3pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November



Back from a recent trip to New Mexico to find and reinterpret the iconic motifs of American artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lydia will do a short presentation on her experiences, speak about what she learned about Georgia O’Keeffe and reveal the work in progress based on her expedition.

All welcome to Studio F9 at 3pm on either Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th November and enjoy everything else our Winter Open Studios weekend has to offer.

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Andrew McDonald in The Magma Group Show at Arthouse1 Gallery

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THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER Drinks Reception 6.30pm – 8.30pm Live music by Klezmer Band Duo ……..


TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Guest speakers:
Anna McNay, Michael Archer and Michael Gover. Christmas mince pies and mulled wine

The Magma Group




Gallery open Thursday – Sunday between 3pm – 7pm or by appt. Nearest tubes: Borough, London Bridge or Bermondsey Contact: Rebecca Fairman M: 077131 89249


Boogaloo Enterprises, Telegreen Ltd, Balabustah Klezmer Band, Cosmoba Restaurant, Professor Peter Swaab, (University College London).

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I’m excited to have been selected as the new artist in residence at the Naomi Korn Copyright Consultancy. During this six month residency I will be working on ideas around holism, interconnectedness and empowerment. I’ll be uploading developing work on the NKCC website along with thoughts concerning my work and the nature of an organic holistic approach to art and culture. This is part of a series of new sculptures through which I am thinking about basic methods of making and building. Through using simple domestic waste like plastic milk bottles I am thinking about formal concerns like making, materials, colour, scale and texture as well as starting to wonder about their connection to the global environmental crisis we are causing.


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Summer Open Day with Helen Rawlinson in F5

On the 2nd July, The Chocolate Factory Opens its doors for a one day event this summer. Helen will be selling work from studio F5.  A selection of screenprinted textiles will be on display, with her current range of cushions and lampshades alongside a new batch of exclusive purses and prints in bright summery colours!
Opening times: 11am-5pm. A select number of studios will be open so it’s well worth a visit to meet the artists and have a stroll around our picturesque studios.  Check with individual artists/designers as opening times may vary.

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