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Raw Materials

Raw Materials is an ongoing research project led by the Nunnery Gallery at Bow Arts. We are exploring the industrial heritage of the River Lea through a series of materials. Each year we take a different material as our inspiration: Raw Materials: Wood ran across 2017 and Raw Materials: Textiles in 2018; Raw Materials: Plastics will run from November 2018 to summer 2019.

We are now recruiting a Community Steering Group for Raw Materials: Plastics and invite anyone interested in taking part to apply by 15 November – see the call out here. To find out more come to our Open Evening on 12 November from 6 to 8pm at 183 Bow Road.

For more information and to explore the history of the River Lea on our heritage map visit https://rawmaterials.bowarts.org/

Raw Materials is made possible with the generous support of Heritage Lottery Fund. Our partners for Raw Materials: Plastics are University College London, the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP), The Victoria & Albert Museum, and local archives from Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, and Suffolk, as well as Valence House and Vestry House Museum.