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living in fear of quicksand
Maria Amidu

Friday 3rd March 2023 – Sunday 21st May 2023 , 10:00am to 4:00pm

An exhibition by Maria Amidu exploring a fragile relationship to home.

The Nunnery Gallery in partnership with Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives presents living in fear of quicksand by Maria Amidu – an exhibition across two venues of new work and existing archive material. Now living in fear of quicksand is a solo exhibition that explores the fragmentary nature of memory in relation to a fragile experience of home.

We are exhibiting five new works: a limited edition print work­ – 25 years in the making and the genesis of living in fear of quicksand, a film piece, a sound work, a text-based installation and a bespoke paint colour. A memoir of sorts, the print work traces the artist’s early life living on the Lincoln Estate within walking distance of the Nunnery; a childhood in state care in Bexhill-on-Sea; and consequential experiences in her adult life. The exhibition continues a short bus ride away in Mile End at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives with an archival display of material that has been integral to the development of the artworks.

The exhibition is accompanied by an exciting and varied event programme exploring the exhibition’s themes, including talks, screenings, free family workshops, arts and crafts activities, walks, and a sharing circle exploring communal healing through sound and the objects and oral traditions that ground us. 

living in fear of quicksand is supported by Arts Council England, Dulux and supporters who wish to remain anonymous. 

Public Programme – living in fear of quicksand

181 Bow Road
London, London E3 2SJ United Kingdom
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Access information  

The Nunnery Gallery and Cafe have 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 table 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.