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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.


Community Workshop: Common Distributions

Royal Albert Wharf Norton Quays, Royal Albert Wharf,, London, United Kingdom

This June, Common Distributions welcomes our local community into an empty retail space facing Pump House Square to...

Family workshop: design and paint mini garments with Woo Jin Joo

Bow Arts Trust Courtyard 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

Lots of cultures use textiles and clothing to document important memories and pass on stories. At this year's BowFest: Open Studios, 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.


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 Families: Stitching our journeys and stories onto fabric bags with Woo Jin Joo 

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

Whether it’s moving to a different place, travelling in our local area, or making our way to school, the things we bring with us on our journeys represent who we are and what matters to us. Join us as we stitch our personal stories and memories onto small 2D fabric bags to bring along to your next adventure. Open to children and families of all ages - 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.


Skills lab: colour theory 101 with Marianne Shillingford and Dulux 

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

Join Marianne Shillingford – Creative Director at Dulux – in this practical, hands-on skills lab exploring the transformative power of colour in how we see, make, and respond to art and the influence it has on how we navigate the world around us.


Walk: bringing art into the public realm with The Line

North Greenwich Tube station 5 Millennium Way, London, United Kingdom

Come along for a guided walk along part of The Line’s route with Sarah Carrington, their Head of Strategy and Partnerships, encountering and experiencing artworks by a range of brilliant artists including Rana Begum, Serge Attukwei Clottey, Antony Gormley, and Richard Wilson along the water’s edge.