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Not Just Brown, Not Just Indian
Mathushaa Sagthidas

The Lab Oaklands Rise, 19 Green Street, London, United Kingdom

We are starting 2023 with a new exhibition from artists Imrana Tanveer and Lisa-Marie Price! Concerned with the relationship between human beings and the natural world, this collaboration is a thought-provoking presentation of changing world views in a climate crisis.


Crochet Workshop with Alise Popila

Nunnery Café 181 Bow Road, London

Learn the building blocks of crochet to open up a whole new world of needlecraft! Join us after hours at the Nunnery Café with Alise Popila to get your hooks into crafting stylish yarn creations.


Tarot reading: Fashioning post-soviet spaces through divination and tarot with Noemi Gunea

Bow Arts Courtyard Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

You are invited to an intimate, sensorial one-to-one tarot reading with performance artist Noemi Gunea as she interprets her newly created custom major arcana deck, interweaving stories of resistance and revolution with divination, magical imagination, and Eastern European fashion stories.


Bowfest: Open Studios 2023

Bow Arts Trust 183 Bow Road, London

Join us for our annual open studios event celebrating the thriving community of artists at Bow Road Studios.


Exhibition tours: Lead artist tour of Traces: Stories of Migration with Lucy Orta

Nunnery Gallery 181 Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

Come along to a tour of Traces: Stories of Migration with professor and lead artist Lucy Orta, to discover the diverse migration histories and stories woven into the landscape of east London through textile-related practices. There will be three tours taking place across the whole day from 11am-12pm, 2-3pm, and 5.30-6.30pm.


Takeover: Fashioning Heritage – storytelling, mapping, and building a more compassionate future with LCF

Bow Arts Courtyard Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

To mark Refugee Week, the Decolonising Fashion and Textiles team from London College of Fashion (LCF) are taking over our Bow Road site with a dazzling showcase of textile autobiographies hand-stitched by London-based refugees and a selection of drop-in activities, exploring storytelling, community mapping, and imagining a more compassionate future. Open to children, families, and visitors of all ages!


Workshop: Documenting memories through a photographic textile journal with Jasmine Karis

Bow Arts Trust Courtyard Room 183 Bow Road, London

Join community textile artist Jasmine Karis as she guides us through the DIY print method of photo transfer, before stitching together and creating your own photographic textile journal to document cherished memories you want to hold close. No experience necessary and all materials provided!


Bow Skills Workshop: bid writing and arts FUN-draising with Tom Ryalls – an Arts Council England special! 

Catford Dek 4th Floor, Old Town Hall, Catford Road, London, United Kingdom

Join writer and arts fundraising whiz Tom Ryalls in this Arts Council England (ACE) project grants special, as they demystify the four investment principles, break down the application structure, and provide practical insights into how to build out a successful ACE bid.

The workshop will end with a Q&A where you can put your burning questions to Tom about specific ideas or issues you’re coming up against!


Workshop: An introduction to botanical bundle dyeing with Mariana Leyva (@studio.kuhu)

Bow Arts Courtyard Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

Taking inspiration from nature and the flora around us, learn about the history of natural dyes and use extracts from flower petals and food waste pigments to create your own colourful, bundle dyed designs to take home with you. No experience necessary and all materials provided!


Workshop: Archiving our journeys through poetry with Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Bow Arts Trust Courtyard Room 183 Bow Road, London

Journeys. These can be physical journeys from one place to another, emotional journeys, or the journeys of life like leaving home, parenthood, friendships, and more. Guided by author Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, explore how to play and experiment with words, shaping your personal lived experiences into poems rooted in place, culture, and selfhood. All levels of experience are welcome.


Book signing: Needle Around her Neck signing and reading with Nathalie Abi-Ezzi

Nunnery Gallery & Café 181 Bow Road, London, London, United Kingdom

Bask in an evening celebrating the publication of Needle Around her Neck - a collection of poems penned by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi that takes its cues from the multiplicity of experiences shared during the Traces: Stories of Migration project, weaving more recent migrant stories into the history of the East End rag trade. Expect poetry readings from the collection, a late-night viewing of the exhibition, and a chance to get your copy signed by Nathalie herself.