From 1-9 March Bow Arts will be celebrating our annual Sustainability Week. Run by our Green Team we will be running a week of workshops and activities, as well as setting challenges and debates with the aim of increasing our awareness and knowledge around sustainability.
Bow Arts’ staff and artists will be taking part across the week but we invite anyone to join us on our sustainable journey. Take the Bow Arts Green Pledge to let us know what you’re doing or whether you’re taking part in one of our challenges.
Bow Arts is an Arts Council England Sector Environmental Leader and we aim to incorporate our environmental action plan across everything we do – studios, events, exhibitions and education.
Sustainability Week Programme
Thursday 1 March – home-grown cocktails with Art for the Environment
We’re launching this year’s sustainability week in the Nunnery Gallery’s exhibition Art for the Environment, which presents work from artists who explore human impact on the environment. Join us for home-grown cocktails, with gin from the East End Liquor Company (distilled locally in Mile End) and herbs grown in the Bow Arts garden.
Friday 2 March – Trees for Cities and Artist Meeting
Urban trees are a great way to breathe life into our cities and a useful measure of the environment around us. Bow Arts will be taking the annual measure of the its Bow Road oak tree, which was planted last year.
In the afternoon, we’ll be meeting our artists – invited from across our 13 studio sites – to share ideas and thinking around making our buildings more environmentally friendly. Please email Tilly if you’d like to join this meeting.
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 March – Art for the Environment exhibition
Visit the Nunnery Gallery to explore our current exhibition Art for the Environment, presenting work from artists who look at human impact on the environment. Our brilliant team of volunteer invigilators will be recording visitors’ mode of travel throughout Sustainability Week, seeing how our audience travel around London. Read more here
Monday 5 March – Plastic and Litter-Pick
We’ll be looking at the life-cycle of plastic and why the challenges of its disposal and recycling are so detrimental to our planet. It’s a challenge to reduce the use of plastic in our day-to-day lives, but we’ll be making a list of how we can try.
We’ll also be going on a litter-pick (watch out for us in our Bow Arts pink high vis!) around our local Grove Hall Park and Bow Churchyard, recording what we find.
Tuesday 6 March – Recycling and Gardening
We’ll be looking at recycling, re-capping on what can / can’t be recycled through council collections and where else you can go to recycle materials that are not normally council-run.
We’ll also be doing our first gardening of the year in the Bow Arts courtyard (where we currently grown herbs, grapes and flowers), extending our growing space by building more planters (that double up as seats) using recycled / donated materials.
Wednesday 7 March – Energy in the Office and Foraging Walk
Do you turn off your screen when you’re not at your desk? And your computer over night? We’ll be looking at the energy use across the office, reducing it where we can.
Join us for a foraging walk led by local residents, including places to find blackberries, wild rocket, chives, camomile, medlar, plum and damson trees, crab apples, mulberries and more…all along the canal, Olympic Park and Victoria Park.
Thursday 8 March – Sustainable Lunch
We’ll be celebrating Sustainability Week with a staff group meal, sharing food and our efforts to cook sustainably. We will try and bring homemade food that has zero waste – and those of us who are doing the plastic challenge, using food that only comes in non-plastic / easily-recycled packaging. Follow our Instagram to see what we bring!
Friday 9 March – Recap and Learning
We’ll be looking back across the week to see what we’ve learnt, drawing on our experiences and seeing what we can put into practice moving forward. We’ll also be taking the Bow Arts Green Pledge Questionnaire – seeing how many points each of us managed to accrue across the week. We invite anyone who took the Green Pledge to let us know how you did!