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Event Series Event Series: Bowfest: Open Studios 2024

Bowfest: Open Studios 2024

Friday 21st June 2024 , 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Get ready for Bow Arts’ biggest event of the summer! Meet our community of over 100 talented artists working at our flagship site, Bow Road. Join us in the Courtyard for live music, a makers market, family workshops, food stalls and more…

Credit: Hallie Primus

We are throwing open the doors to Bow Road Studios for our unmissable annual event. Come and celebrate our thriving community of some of east London’s brightest emerging and established artists, designers and makers. Our doors will be open from 6pm-10pm on Friday 21st June, and 11am – 4pm on Saturday 22nd June. 

Get to know the artists working in your community. Guests are invited into over 100 studios across our Bow Road site. Inside, artists curate micro galleries, set-up stalls, and display their practice to the public. 

On Friday evening, we’ll have live music playing in the Bow Arts Courtyard. Enjoy a drink, sample some locally made food, and bask in the summer air in one of east London’s best-loved outdoor spaces. 

On Saturday, our makers market returns alongside free family activities! Local artists will be selling artwork, gifts, and more, while one of our incredible Bow Arts artist educators will be leading a free, drop-in family friendly art workshop. 

Delicious refreshments will also be available throughout at our refurbished Nunnery Cafe and the Nunnery Gallery will be exhibiting the Bow Open x Lindsey Mendick, our annual showcase of work by Bow Arts studio holders and artist educators. 

Explore our Artist Directory

Discover more about the artists in the studios with our Artist Directory!

Not sure where you’re going? Look up a studio here.

two artists in their studio with a dog

Meet the Artists

Over 100 artists across 100 studios will have their workspace open to look inside. Browse the artworks on sale or enjoy a conversation inside our historic studio site! See available studios on our website.

Visit the Nunnery Gallery

The Nunnery Gallery will be open, showing the Bow Open x Lindsey Mendick. The exhibition of artwork by Bow Arts artist educators and studio holders responds to her provocation “A Personal Treasure”.

Live Music

Get the party started with live music from Jon Howells Jazz Band on Friday evening.

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Browse Our Local Artist & Makers’ Market

Studio artists from across Bow Arts will be part of a vibrant market on Saturday to show off their creations. Walk away with a unique piece of work!

Create art for all ages

Create your own vibrant prints with Hernán Guardamagna at our Bowfest family art workshop. All materials are provided, and participants are invited to drop-in throughout the session.

181-183 Bow Road
London, London E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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Own Art

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.

Access information  

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).

Transport Information  

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.