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First Thursday Late Opening

Date: 
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Opening Hours: 
4pm - 8pm
Address: 
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

An after-hours chance to explore Tuomala’s new experience of empathy. Tuomala invites you into a multi-sensory experience of empathy, exploring what visibly – and invisibly – lies in the distances between us.  

Weighing around 55kg and made of 100 metres of hand-sewn wire mesh, Tuomala’s new sculptural installation is suspended mid-air, inviting visitors to sit or lie inside, contemplating the questions she poses to us throughout the show: Is there Space for Empathy?  Can we re-learn to be physically close? What lives in the invisible spaces between us? What will it take to make us feel safe with each other again? The Nunnery Café will also be open late offering a special evening cocktail menu. 

This event is part of Is there space for empathy? – an exhibition by Finnish artist Enni-Kukka Tuomala, which examines what empathy means in 2021, in a post-Brexit, post-Covid, post-colonial Britain. Tuomala looks at what role empathy can play in helping us re-enter public life and re-discover physical closeness with each other once again. Her installation makes empathy – an often abstract and intangible feeling – into a physical and tangible form we can see, feel and enter.  

For more info on events including access, COVID-19 guidelines and how to book please visit bowarts.org/whats-on 

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This is a free, drop-in event. 

There is no need to book a ticket for this event. 

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 nunnery@bowarts.com or call 020 8980 7774 (Ext. 3)

Travel Information

Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 11am-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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Artists: 
Enni-Kukka Tuomala