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Bow Skills Workshop: building a more environmentally responsible artistic practice with Angela YT Chan

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Opening Hours: 
6pm - 7.30pm
Courtyard Room, Bow Arts Trust, 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ


Join independent researcher, curator and artist Angela YT Chan as we dive into current environmental challenges in the context of the arts and reflect on how artists, makers, and creatives can make their practices more environmentally and socially responsible in the face of all this. 

During the workshop, participants will learn about the decolonial legacies of climate change, taking part in grounding exercises to explore their positionality and bring these issues closer to home. 

Participants will also take part in reflective activities to consider their own individual processes of making and reframe the idea of resourcing and scarcity in the context of the arts – e.g. scarcity of commissions, work, materials, funding. Through this reframing, we will learn how to identify the abundance of opportunities, materials, and resources available beyond the constraints of our current unjust system. 

The final section of the workshop will encourage participants to de-individualise climate change and consider the collective alternatives that artists can take – and are taking – to move towards more environmentally and socially responsible practice and action. 

Additional covid safety notice:  Face masks are mandatory for this workshop, unless you are exempt. Please do not attend if you have covid symptoms or a positive test result. 

Book your ticket here

Tickets £7/£5 (concession rate applies to Bow Arts artists, students, over 65s, under 18s, National Art Pass members, and key workers) 

About Angela YT Chan   

Angela YT Chan is an independent researcher, curator and artist. Her work reconfigures power in relation to the inequity of climate change, through self-archiving, rethinking geographies and speculative fiction.  

Her current research-art commissions span climate framings, water scarcity and conflict, and has held residencies with Arts Catalyst, FACT/Jerwood Arts’ Digital Fellowship and Sonic Acts’ environmental research residency. Since 2014, Angela has produced curatorial projects and workshops as Worm: art + ecology, collaborating with artists, activists and youth groups. Angela holds an MA in Climate Change (KCL) and is a research consultant in international climate and cultural policy, and climate issues for cultural institutions. She co-founded the London Chinese Science Fiction Group and co-directs the London Science Fiction Research Community

Main website: 

Twitter: @angelaytchan 

Instagram: @a.y.t.c 

About Bow Skills  

Bow Arts seeks to support creative professionals at all stages of their careers. In 2015 Bow Arts launched Bow Skills in response to an artist survey which showed over 90% of practicing artists find it useful to receive further support outside formal education.   

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which is informed by an artist steering group and open to all creative practitioners across London. The programme of talks, panel discussions, new skills labs and peer crits is open to all, with concession rates available to students, over 65s, under 18s, Bow Arts artists and key workers.   


Access Information 

Nunnery Gallery 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. 

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: Tues-Sun, 10am to 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.