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2020 Bow Open curated by gal-dem

Friday, May 29, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

The Bow Open is the Nunnery Gallery's annual showcase of Bow Arts artists, presenting exciting and recent artwork from east London's artists and makers. Our 2020 curators will be award-winning media company gal-dem, who are dedicated to centring the voices and platforming the creative work of women and non-binary people of colour.

Part of a special programme to celebrate Bow Arts' 25th anniversary, gal-dem will host events throughout the exhibition, including an opening party inviting the public to a night of poetry, music and celebration across the Nunnery Gallery and outdoor courtyard space. More information will be announced soon.

Curator, producer and illustrator – and gal-dem founding member – Leyla Reynolds will select works from Bow Arts’ near 500 artist community for the exhibition, with a call for works that respond to the theme of “Pushback: resist, regroup, reorganise”.

I would like to encourage the submission of works that encapsulate the mood of resistance, that critique, satirise or provide comment on our current political situation and/or celebrate the notion of living boldly and unapologetically.

I am particularly interested in works that evoke a spirit of disruption with their visual language - Leyla Reynolds

The curatorial selection will explore works that engage with varied political themes spanning inequality, migration, climate change and gender identity, and our ability to reject, regroup and organise whilst faced with an increasingly challenging political landscape.

The 2020 Bow Open Show is only open to artists who currently hold a studio or affordable housing with Bow Arts, or those who are working with our Education Department. To apply, please click here.


Access Information

Nunnery Gallery has step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. This venue does not have a hearing loop system.

Accessible parking is not available on-site but blue badge parking can be found 500m away on Fairfield Road.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility at this venue or event, would like to make us aware of any access requirements that you have in advance of visiting, or would like this information in an alternate format including Easy Read, please email or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)

Travel Information

Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-4pm
Address: Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
Nearest station(s): Bow Road (District and Hammersmith and City lines) is a 6-minute walk away, and Bow Church (DLR) is a 3-minute walk away.
Bus:205, 25, 425, A8, D8, 108, 276, 488 and 8 all service the surrounding area.
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at Bow Church Station. The nearest Santander Cycles docking station is at Bow Church Station.

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