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Nunnery Gallery

The Nunnery Gallery has reopened! Our exciting Bow Open 2021, selected by artist and gal-dem founder Leyla Reynolds, is running from the 8th October - 19th December.

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Our Nunnery Café is open everyday, 10am-4pm, with both takeaway and indoor and outdoor seating available. You can also browse the Nunnery Shop online (for the best east London books, original artist works, prints and more!). Do shop local, we greatly appreciate your local support at this time.

Nunnery Gallery is a free public gallery with a local focus, championing the work of emerging artists and uncovering local history and heritage. Situated in a unique building on the ground floor of a former nineteenth-century convent, complete with gothic arches and the original tiled floor, the Nunnery Gallery is surrounded by over 100 of Bow Arts' artist studios. 

Presenting a diverse programme, exhibitions aim to appeal to a wide audience with a particular focus on site-responsive work and works that explore the history and themes of the local area. Events accompany all shows, including panels, workshops and film screenings, creating debate and discussion around art in the community. There's also the beautiful Nunnery Café on site, offering AllPress coffee and excellent, locally-made cakes, pastries and hot meals.

Support the Nunnery Gallery by buying local from our Nunnery Gallery shop. Browse our hand-picked selection of beautiful books, prints, pottery, workshop vouchers, clothing and other unique products made by Bow Arts artists, and get your loved ones something special for any occasion. Follow us on Instagram for previews of what's on offer. 

Nunnery Gallery is also a member of Own Art, enabling visitors to buy original artwork from artists or exhibitions over 10 affordable interest-free monthly instalments. More info here

For any enquiries or assistance, please email

Current Exhibition

24th August 2021 to 25th December 2021

This exhibition is a collection of works by artist and illustrator Amy Browne. Read more

8th October 2021 to 19th December 2021

The Bow Open Show is the only exhibition in the Nunnery Gallery’s programme to present Bow Arts studio ar Read more

25th November 2021 to 5th December 2021