We are throwing open the doors to Bow Road Studios for our unmissable annual event. Come and celebrate the thriving community of east London’s brightest emerging and established artists, designers and makers. Our doors will be open from 6pm-10pm on Friday 16th June, and 11am – 5pm on Saturday 17th June.
Get to know the artists working in your community. Guests are invited into over 90 studios across Bow Road. Inside, artists curate micro galleries, set-up stalls, and display their practice to the public.
Our makers market returns! Stall holders from across Bow Arts, as well as local artists will be there on the day selling artwork, gifts, and more. We will also be serving delicious refreshments from the Nunnery Cafe, and vendors will be there on the day to provide more food options.
On Friday evening, Bobby Mandala’s Midnight Elite will perform live in the Bow Arts Courtyard with a fun and up tempo set, filtering yacht rock and jazz fusion melodies through the lens of a back to basics punk ethos. Enjoy a drink and bask in the summer air.
On Saturday, one of our incredible artist educators Woo Jin Joo will be leading a free, drop-in family friendly workshop exploring the storytelling and memory-capturing properties of garments and clothing. In the workshop, children will design their own mini clothing templates and textile experiments, using fabric paint and markers to decorate their designs and document the memories and things that matter to them.
Click below to see our list of artists and see more about their work:
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Over 100 artists across 90 studios will have their workspace open to look inside. Browse the artworks on sale or enjoy a conversation inside our historic studio site!
Browse our available studios on our website.
The Nunnery Gallery will be open, showing Lucy Orta Traces: Stories of Migration. The exhibition offers an insight into the diversity of first and second-generation migration histories woven into the landscape of east London.
Studio artists from across Bow Arts will be there on the day to show off their creations. Walk away with a unique piece of work!
Lots of cultures use textiles and clothing to document important memories and pass on stories. Come along and design your own mini clothing templates and textile experiments, using fabric paint and markers to decorate your designs and show off the memories and things that matter to you!
Need a break from Bowfest? Filmmakers Nye Thompson & Joanna Penso will be screening their films in studio Bow Road B1-08 on Saturday afternoon.
Our friendly cafe will be open with delicious refreshments!
Stay refreshed with cool drinks and smooth coffee by HeySisterCoffee – a female-led, hand-crafted roastery that’s ethical, empowering and sustainable.
Be sure to catch our new café exhibition, showing off work by Jiacun Li!
Join the authors of Play the Game: How the Olympics Came to East London, for a talk and discussion on The Olympic Park: what it looks like now and how it came to be.
All artwork, in the studios, the gallery, and the café will also be available to buy using Own Art, the affordable art scheme that enables buyers to spread the cost of an artwork across 10 interest-free instalments.
The Bow Arts Trust office 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.
A breakout space will be provided on the day for those who need access to a quiet room.
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 call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3).
Address: Bow Arts Trust, 183 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.