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About Us

Bow Arts is an educational arts charity that provides affordable creative workspace for a community of over 400 artists, makers and creatives.

Bow Arts manages 12 different studio sites across London, many of which deliver public art programmes alongside. The Nunnery Gallery is run from their HQ on Bow Road, a free public gallery with a local focus, championing the work of emerging artists and uncovering local history. Bow Arts’ award-winning Learning Department works with over 100 schools, delivering an innovative programme of workshops, projects and training. 


Our mission is to support community renewal across London by delivering arts and creative services through our financially sustainable social enterprise model.


Bow Arts was established in 1994 by Marcel Baettig with the kind support of Marc Schimmel, the owner of our Bow Road premises and a valued supporter of the arts. This first site, formed of two adjacent buildings, quickly established itself as a thriving artist studio supporting over 100 working artists.

In 1995 the Trust became a registered arts and education charity, then by 1998, with the further support of Marc Schimmel alongside an Arts Council England grant, we were able to build the Nunnery Gallery, a contemporary art gallery housed at the heart of our Bow Road site.