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Friday, June 19, 2015 to Sunday, July 5, 2015
Private View: 
Friday, June 19, 2015 - 18:00
Opening Hours: 
Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, Bow Arts announces the preview of the exhibition STRUCTURE TEXTURE FUTURE, at the Nunnery Gallery on Friday 19th June 2015 6pm-9pm (there will be a speech by curator Dr Shahidha Bari at 8pm in the Nunnery Gallery)

The fifteen artists, selected from the 500 Bow Artists are:

Aglaé Bassens, G. Roland Biermann, Malina Busch, Stephen Buggle, Lizzie Cannon, James Lander or Those Who Wish to Remain Anonymous, Leah Miller-Biot, Elizabeth Murton, Marcus Orlandi, Eugene Perera, Simon Rattigan, Daniela Sarigu, Suzana Tamamović, Nye Thompson and Adam Walker.

This year’s exhibition is curated and selected by Rosamond Murdoch, Nunnery Gallery Director and guest curator Dr Shahidha Bari, lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Marys University of London.  Dr Bari says

The works selected here gather around two interlocked themes: ideas of ruin and repair, as might be understood in the terms of the industrial and the natural.  In many ways, this grounds this collection in its home in east London, in a part of the city that is a heartland for creativity and making, but which is also constantly building and displacing. 

Dr Shahidha Bari joins a long line of celebrity and guest curators including Graham Norton, David Dimbleby, Mo Mowlam and Mark Wallinger who have all helped Bow Arts in its work to raise the profile of emerging and established artists.  Dr Bari says

I was honoured to be asked to curate Bow Arts Open, especially in their 20th anniversary year.  Although I have an active interest and involvement in contemporary art, curating an exhibition was a new and exciting experience and I learnt much from it.

Bow Arts, like my own university QMUL, has a significant positive impact on the aspirations and education of young people, particularly those from the east of London.  There’s a natural synergy between our organisations and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to develop that further.

More Information about the curator

Shahidha Bari is a writer, academic and critic, based in London. She is lecturer in Romanticism at Queen Mary University of London.

Her academic work examines Islam and the idea of the East in nineteenth-century European literature and art. Bari has previously written on contemporary philosophy, music, modern art and architecture. Her first book, Keats and Philosophy: The Life of Sensations was published in 2012.

Her work has featured in The Guardian, on BBC Radio 3 Night Waves, The Essay programme and BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed.

Bari is a regular columnist for Times Higher Education and frequently reviews film and visual arts for BBC Radio 4.  In print, her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and Times Literary Supplement.

She is the winner of the 2014/15 Observer Anthony Burgess Arts Journalism Prize, for a “powerful and insightful” review of the "National Theatre’s Medea"

She is a trustee of the educational mentoring charity, The Arts Emergency Service.

She is currently working on a cultural history of clothes.              

Exhibition Details

Bow Open Show 2015
Private View: Friday 19 June 6-9pm (coinciding with Bow Open Studios 2015)
Exhibition Dates: 19 June - 5 July
Venue: Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, Bow, London, E3 2SJ
Opening Times: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm | Free Entry


IMAGE CREDIT: After Serra (2015), Adam J B Walker

Please click here to download the Structure Texture Future Catalogue