The Chocolate Factory N16 is home to 27 studios of artists, illustrators, ceramicists,
printmakers, lighting designers, illustrators, painters, photographers, film makers and graphic designers.
Twice a year we open our doors to the public.
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In 1994 when Keith Ashley was looking for a studio for himself he came across a derelict
Victorian building at the end of a mews off Stoke Newington High Street. It had been a
chocolate factory until 1959, but had fallen into disuse. Despite its dereliction it was an
attractive building around a cobbled yard with lots of character and a warm atmosphere.
Although somewhat daunted at first, Keith bought the building and converted it to provide
13 studios for artists and the Chocolate Factory N16 began its new life.
In no time the studios were full, so when the building next door became available,
that too was bought and rebuilt to create another 14 studios. Work was completed in