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Here-Now-Us – Bow Open presents Emerge

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Nunnery Gallery & Bow Arts Courtyard, 181-183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Here-Now-Us is a late night event featuring live music, spoken word performances, installation and workshops as part of Emerge – London’s new afterhours festival. Taking place across the Nunnery Gallery, a unique building situated on the ground floor of a former convent and a hidden courtyard, surrounded by Bow Arts artist studios, Here-Now-Us will be a unique night of artistic exploration, featuring a fierce lineup of young, exciting and diverse artists. This one-off event aims to showcase some of London’s freshest talents; giving a critical take on our current political moment.

Emerge is Culture24’s new festival of night-time events in museums, galleries, historic houses, visual arts venues and more. Over two nights in September, Emerge Festival will 'takeover' these iconic buildings, challenging traditional perceptions of arts and heritage organisations by transforming them into venues, putting stage managers behind the wheels and showcasing some of London’s most exciting emerging talent.

Marking the inaugural weekend of the 2019 Bow Open Show, Here-Now-Us will feature performances that respond to “our current political moment, open to all definitions of ‘us’, of ‘time’, or, indeed, ‘politics’” in line with the exhibition's 'call to arms' from its curator, artist Carey Young. Young has selected 19 Bow Arts artists from our pool of 500 studio holders and artist educators to explore varied political themes including migration, gender identity, borders and climate change.

London trio Benin City will be headlining in the Bow Arts Courtyard with a hook-laden blend of Afro-dance pop, hip-hop, spoken word and electronica that is both infectious and poignant; music primed for the dancefloor that’s taken them to SXSW, The Great Escape and now, Emerge. They’re supported by gripping, modern musical enigma Mina Rose, a multi-layered singer-songwriter with a visual arts background, who recently supported 2019 Brit Award winner Jorja Smith on tour. Also performing on the evening is, up-and-coming poet, rapper and theatre-maker John Akinde, from London’s East End, alongside an array of acts soon to be announced.

Come along and bear witness to an explorative and stimulating night of performance and live music; interact with contemporary art in a way you never have before; enjoy a unique cocktail from our jazzy drinks menu run by the Nunnery Café; and feast on some of the best pizza in town from our very own pop-up pizza van.

Ticket information:

Book Saturday only tickets – from £15

Book all access Friday and Saturday tickets – from £30

One ticket will allow you to access all of the nine circuits across London on either Friday, Saturday or both nights.


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 5pm
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.

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