Winter Open Studios 2018

Winter Open Studios at the Chocolate Factory

Private View Friday 23rd November 6.30 – 9pm
Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th November 11am – 6pm

Our Winter 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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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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Join Sarah Hyndman in her studio on Sunday 2nd July


Graphic designer and author Sarah Hyndman would like to invite you to join her on Sunday 2nd July for a drink and to look through development sketches and final drawings created for her recent book ‘How to Draw Type and Influence People’. This is also an opportunity to talk to her about the workshops and events that she hosts, along with her research adventures (including the collaborative ‘Jelly bean’ study that has just been submitted with Professor Charles Spence, University of Oxford).

There will be a studio sale of screen prints, postcards and pictures from earlier stages of her career, these will be offered at specially discounted prices and are not available anywhere else.

The open day will take place on Sunday 2nd July from midday until 6pm in Studio F7, The Chocolate Factory N16, Farleigh Place, Stoke Newington, London, N16 7SX. Please RSVP to sarah(a)



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Deborah Colman – Exhibiting at Pulse London

Deborah Colman will be exhibiting at Pulse London
at Olympia London on 14-16 May, 2017 (stand D10)

Pulse Web bannerI will be exhibiting three new fabric collections: Feathers & Foliage, Weeds & Wilderness, and CrystalRocks, all based on my hand-printed designs inspired by the natural world. My display will include lighting, wallpaper, cushions and furniture.


Feathers & Foliage

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