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Nunnery Café Exhibition | Bhajan Hunjan

Friday, May 21, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021
Opening Hours: 
Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm
Nunnery Cafe, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

This exhibition is a collection of new works by visual artist Bhajan Hunjan, developed during the Covid-19 UK Lockdown. This year has been a time of isolation, reflection and basic survival. Making these works gave Bhajan a personal sense of perseverance and a wider insight into our strength as a society, seeing beauty through unity. Each piece looks to portray a sense of harmony; the harmony that can exist in humanity if we all allow it to happen. 

Developed using a combination of white embossed and oil mono-printed paper, each piece is an intricate web of delicate cut-outs. With an image in mind, Bhajan cuts and layers each piece by hand, organically creating each relief artwork one layer at a time. Each piece requires a significant amount of concentration and time, which, according to Bhajan, “keeps me in the moment”.  

“Throughout her career, artist Bhajan Hunjan has investigated the relation between abstract and representational forms, using a variety of materials and artistic mediums. Although trained as a painter and printmaker, she has also worked in ceramics, metalwork, and stone. Her work incorporates an expressive use of colour, and in union with her use of line, shape, and symbol, reflects particular moods, emotions and sensibilities in non-narrative ways.” ­- Dr Alice Correia, Independent Art Historian, 2020  

Bhajan has a studio in Bow Arts’ P1 Studios, just a stone’s throw from the Nunnery Gallery and Café. Bhajan also works extensively with Bow Arts’ Learning Department as an artist educator, working with young people of all ages to create installations in schools and community environments. Bhajan has also completed commissions for the public realm and built environment in the UK, which include site specific installations for both internal and external spaces. 

View the full list of works here  

This is the fourth exhibition in a new series of shows in the Nunnery Cafe which showcase affordable works of art from Bow Arts artists. All works are for sale and available to buy on the Own Art scheme, allowing buyers to spread the cost of artwork over 10 monthly instalments, with the benefit of an interest-free loan. Find out about previous exhibition artists here.  

Access Information

Nunnery Gallery/Cafe 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.

In accordance to the government guidelines we have taken suitable measures to ensure the safety of all visitors due to Covid-19. Entry to the gallery remains free for everyone. All visitors are advised to book a time-slot in advance to view the exhibition, as capacity will be limited for everyone’s safety. There will be a one-way system operating throughout the gallery and café, guiding you through the space. All visitors are required to wear face coverings in the building, apart from those who are exempt.

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 or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)

Travel Information

Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 10am-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.

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