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This year will see the 18th annual return of the fantastic atmosphere and vibrant spirit of creativity that always occurs when the Chocolate Factory throws open its doors to the general public. As ever, a broad variety of artists will be on hand to chat about their work, take you through their weird and wonderful processes, and guide you through the fascinating nooks and crannies of their studios. There’ll be fresh work on show from new artists and old, as well as classic pieces from some of your favourite stalwarts, those rare geniuses that have been roaming the chocolate factory corridors for a decade, or even longer. It’s impossible to predict just what will be displayed once November comes around, but last year we were treated to such wonders as Steven Gregory’s macabre and rib-tickling skeletal sculptures (see the centre pages for more on Steven and his work), fabulous and elaborate hand-made jewellery from Harma Op’t Holt and Lucky Rutland, and a seemingly endless array of painters, illustrators, photographers, designers, decorators, and makers of all stripes.

In what’s fast becoming an Open Studios tradition, we’ll also be inviting a local charity to join in, with the aim of raising some much needed proceeds for their valuable cause. This year we’ll be working with Pramdepot, an organisation very closely linked with Collage Arts that helps to provide essential resources to at-risk mothers, many of whom are incarcerated or currently seeking asylum. For the past year, the organisation has been arranging crochet circles at Karamel where dedicated volunteers have built up a great collection of hats, booties, and bibs to add to the ever growing assembly of buggies and cots building up in project director Karen Whiteread’s Chocolate Factory studio. We’re very proud to be working with such an important project and encourage everyone who can to get donating, and speak to Karen at the Open Studios about other ways to get involved, including any upcoming crochet get- togethers.

In another new twist for 2014, artists from Create Space London will be taking up residency for the duration of the event, and displaying work created in their Wembley project space. A relatively new endeavour, Create Space London is a hub of creative activity which is open to all manner of artists (and even hackers!) and provides both the room and access to equipment necessary to create unique and original pieces, from the more traditional to multi-media installations, and high concept performance work. It’s a prized resource for many of the city’s artists, where like-minded practitioners, both young and old, convene to trade techniques and concepts in a fully kitted out workshop where those ideas can then be totally realised, without having to go through the rigour of tracking down the right tools. The kind of work they’ll be bringing to the event is sure to reflect this high level of artistic exchange, and will be a welcome addition to the vast breadth of inspirational talent usually on show.

Add to that fabulous vegan food from Kabaret, an exciting flash fiction competition, and lots more still to come, and it looks like we’re on to a winner!

Chocolate Factory Open studios will be taking place this year on the 15th and 16th of November and is, of course, totally free to attend. For more information and previews of the art on show, be sure to visit the artist page.

Open Studios 2014 DATES:
Friday 14th November, 6pm-9pm (Private View)
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November, 12pm – 6pm
Admission free.

Full address: The Chocolate Factory Clarendon Road Wood Green London N22 6XJ View Google Map




 
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The Chocolate Factories in Wood Green, London N22, are a landmark development and hub of excellence for the creative industries in the UK.

The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.

What followed was a high demand for creative space and in 2002, Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 on Coburg Road, next door.

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