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Second Nature: imagining climate futures

Monday 17th July 2023 – Sunday 23rd July 2023 , 8:00am to 5:00pm

Stay grounded, be earthbound. Join Bow Arts for Second Nature, a focused week of events on sustainable practices, reparative habits, and imagining climate futures.

A photo of a green space seen through a window

Second Nature‘s week-long programme is a wild garden. Down-to-earth repair workshops, group discussions and family workshops sit alongside imaginative performances, talks, poetry, and explorations. We dream big and start small: the environment is right here; the climate is the weather; the future is as close as tomorrow!

From free events covering food communities and borders, to Artificial Intelligence and the Anthropocene, join us for a wide-ranging programme entangling these many aspects of climate, sustainability environment. We ask, long-term, how can we re-examine our habits to make care for our future Second Nature?

Miyuki Kasahara’s installation Can you hear us? will exhibit for a limited time in the Bow Arts Courtyard, available to view during events. Composed of a series of speech bubbles, the work responds to the pollinator crisis.

Closing the week in style, Green Lions will takeover the Bow Arts site! Expect an eco-conscious maker’s market, live DJs, a free programme of events exploring Asian diasporic sci-fi, and a family workshop open to all.

Second Nature is grateful for the support of the Tower Hamlets Carbon Reduction Community Grants Programme, which responds to the climate emergency locally. 

Check out the programme below!

Access information  

The Bow Arts Courtyard 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.  

The Nunnery Gallery and Cafe have step-free access throughout from street level, including to the accessible toilet, and is service animal friendly. The Bow Arts Courtyard includes access to an accessible toilet. These venues do not have a hearing loop system.  

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: Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm  
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.