10 May 2023

May 2023


Welcome to Michelle Baharier’s May Newsletter


n'er cast a clout till May is out


This reminds us how fickle British weather is, one day rain and chilly winds the next, gorgeous sunshine. 


It is also Mental Health Awareness Week from 15 – 21 May. 

Above is a recent video interview with Authority magazine, where I share the five things I wish people understood about mental health and physical limitations. The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘anxiety’. This is why we need Art and I hope that I always continue to inspire and amaze you with my creativity, dedication, and passion shown through my practice.


I have been hard at work creating new pieces for a number of upcoming exhibitions. I have been experimenting with new techniques and mediums, pushing the boundaries of my artistry and creativity. And for those who haven't had the chance to see my work in person, you're in luck! I have several exhibitions still running and some coming up.


If you would like to meet me when you visit a show then please drop me an email - I’ll do my best to meet up with you.



New in May


'The Phenomenal female - Who am I' 

at The Bookery Gallerie 

20 Church Street

London NW8 8EP 


Private View - 12th May 

6.30pm - 10pm.


One of my pieces /left/ is the Kitchen Sink - a selfie. 






19 - 28 May 

Safe House 1

139 Copeland Road

SE15 3SN




Private View 20 May, 5-8pm


For this show I have painted Purim, Queen Esther, who saved the Jews in Persia in 5th century BC. Jews have experienced persecution, continuously and worldwide. 





24 May onwards  ...



I will be exhibiting at ORTUS at the Maudsley Hospital, 82-96 Grove Lane, London SE5 8SN from 24 May. 


This is a group show by the Bethlem Collective, I am a member of.  We have been meeting and collaborating together as artists, to bring something new to the cabinets. 


I am sharing with Carlos Cortes and we are installing an installation and this is called ‘We were all one once.’



Turf Gallery project in Croydon – date to be confirmed. 



My work is on the Reeves Corner billboard, sadly an extremely a neglected area. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the piece and the place, so keep an eye on social media as, as we will be having a walking groups go on tour of all five of the billboards.





 If you have not made it yet to any of my other shows, here are the details: 




The group exhibition Being Present is on show until 

13 May 2023 at the Bethlem Gallery





How do I make you feel? - Solo Show





I currently have a solo exhibition, and you still have time to visit. It continues until the 31st of May at the Foundry, open 8.30am - 6pm weekdays 


17 Oval Way, SE11 5RR, nearest tube Vauxhall


With 25 paintings and 50 photographic works, including brand new portraits never seen in public before, for example the portrait of Baroness Jane Campbell, acrylic on canvas, size 1.2 metre x 1 metre, she is one of the few disabled representatives in the House of Lords, as well as other activists who are trying to make the world a better place. 

You will also find my image 'The Judges' (above) inspired by a painting by Andre Fougeron also called the Judges, 1950. I first saw it in 1983 with my mum at Aftermath, an exhibition at the Barbican Centre.




There's more... Cats



My Cats are still up until the end of May at Café Deli Felice @ Albion, an authentic Italian deli and sandwich bar, showcasing artwork by local artists, located at 

40 Albion Street, London, SE16 7JQ


I will be reading Poetry here on the 19 May, everyone welcome. 



In June I’ll have an open house and you will be able to visit and see me. I will have many pieces on display and I will be having a studio spring clean! 


Please, call in advance for address. If you would like to see my work beforehand just let me know. 


Why should you buy a painting? Commissioning a painting can also be a way to support an artist and their work. By purchasing a commissioned piece, you are providing the artist with a source of income, which can help them continue to create and pursue their passion.


A painting is a one off and therefore a rare and totally unique item, which can be handed down the generations of family, creating historical or cultural significance. The fact that it is the real thing, the one and only, an interpretation, makes it perfect for a special gift. This could be an anniversary, a big birthday a graduation, promotion, new home, or just to say to someone I love you. 


If you are considering commissioning a painting, there are several reasons why you may want to do so. Firstly, you will have the opportunity to work closely with the me to create a piece that is unique and personalised to your specific needs and preferences. This results in a painting that is highly meaningful and significant to you.


Of course, owning a commissioned painting can be a valuable investment. Paintings can appreciate in value over time, especially if they are created by a well-known or highly regarded artist. Additionally, a commissioned piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art that is not available for purchase elsewhere. This can make it a highly desirable and valuable item for collectors.


I will be taking commissions from 1 June, small paintings A4 size starting at £375.00 please direct message me if you are interested.


Giclée A3 prints start at £100.00 unframed


Canvas prints from £175.00

Aprons from £36.99 including postage

Tea Towels from£19.99 including postage

Cushions from £25.00 collection only 




 About me: I am a regular blogger for Disability Arts Online. I am the chair of South London Women Artists, an association of 70-plus women who exhibit together. As well as being a member of the Bethlem Gallery, Sharp Gallery, and member of the Visual Artists Association AND Axis Arts and Arts Lab.



I am a graduate from the Slade School of Fine Art, Exeter College of Art & Design and an exchange student at Hochschule für Bildende, Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. 

I am available for commissions, workshops and talks.


Michelle Baharier

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