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Bow Skills workshop: Embodied Ecology – A Gathering for Liberated Futures with Ghost and John 

Saturday 27th April 2024 , 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join multidisciplinary artist researchers Ghost and John for an experimental and playful workshop expanding on the landscapes of our bodies and how we can perform, construct and agitate towards collective liberated ecological futures. 

“There are rivers, minerals, and energy that pass through us as we are nourished and sustained by the landscapes that carry us.” 

Building on their ongoing work at the intersection of artistic creation, ecological health, migration, and queerness, Ghost and John will guide us through a session interrogating liberation and capacity building for internal peace and collective healing. 

Through a number of movement, writing and drawing experiments, together we will shape a greater landscape and common infrastructure that will support us to dream and imagine bravely and freely for futures with freedom for all, rooted in queer and migrant experiences. After all, what artistic, personal, spiritual, or political constellations arise when we come together and our artistic ecologies collide? 

Ghost and John call all makers, collaborators, and dreamers to join them for an exploration of communal well-being, interrogating embodied ecologies and their potential in reframing boundaries, borders, and everyday abolition. 

In this workshop, you will: 

  • Learn about Ghost and John’s research into Embodied Ecologies and what it means for collective worldbuilding and liberation 
  • Imagine what more just, sustainable, and resilient ecological futures could look like and feel out how we get there 
  • Connect with other artists and practitioners 

This workshop is open to anyone to attend, but will particularly resonate with queer and migrant folks and/or those who have an existing interest or practice exploring ecologies, worldbuilding, socially engaged art, and embodied practices. 

This workshop will take place in the Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ.

£7 £5 concessions

Concession rate applies to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists, National Art Pass members, and key workers

181-183 Bow Road
London, London E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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More about Ghost and John 

Ghost and John are two multidisciplinary artist-researchers, a cultural entrepreneur duo, and a married couple, from computer science and marine biology research backgrounds. They are best known for their collaborative approach to delivering socio-politically pertinent projects, and using technology to create embodied experiences. Ghost and John’s works are presented internationally in theatres, galleries, outdoor and other odd spaces, including Bloomsbury Festival, Pushkin House and CCA Goldsmiths in London, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong, and more. They collaborate with local governments, community organisers and cultural workers to drive social change through imagination infrastructure building work. They are two of the six co-founders of Hidden Keileon CIC. 


About Bow Skills   

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.    

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.    

Access information    

The 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 nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)    

Access requirements could include things like providing equipment, services or support (e.g. information in Easy Read, speech to text software, additional 1:1 support), adjusting workshop timings (e.g. more break times), adjustments to the event space (e.g. making sure you have a seat near the entrance) or anything else you can think of!  

Transport Information    

Opening hours: Tues-Sun, 10am to 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.