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Bow Road Open Studios 2018

Friday, June 15, 2018 to Saturday, June 16, 2018
Opening Hours: 
Fri 15 June, 6-9pm Sat 16 June 12-6pm
Bow Art Trust 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Join us for Bow Arts’ biggest showcase of artists’ studios, the annual and much anticipated Bow Road Open Studios.

Across Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June, the Bow Open will showcase the work of over 120 studio artists, designers and makers, paired with live music, pop-up food stalls, a makers’ market, performances and workshops – all at Bow Arts’ original site on Bow Road.

A highlight of the arts calendar and one of the most vibrant and well attended arts events in London, Bow Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity for members of the public, curators and collectors to explore a vast and diverse selection of work and to meet some of east London's brightest emerging and established artists. With visitors often numbering over 2,000, the Bow Open is also a celebration of all things Bow, featuring live music, cocktails from local gin brewery East London Liquor Company, craft beer, an artist/designers craft market, exhibitions, family-friendly workshops and more throughout the weekend.

The Nunnery Gallery will also be hosting a special auction of works from Bow Arts artists past and present in the Carmelite cafe – a chance to bag an exceptional work of art and support the educational arts charity. See the works Deadline for Bow Open Show Auction sealed bids are 6pm on Saturday. Download a bid form (for email bids, please send to

Our exhibition series Raw Materials will also be on show at the Nunnery Gallery – exploring the industrial history of textiles in east London through archival textiles and contemporary commissions. 

All of our open studio's events are free entry, so just turn up and we'll see you there!

Download the leaflet here

Programme Details


6-9pm Studios open
7pm Whoarethepeople band first set
9pm Whoarethepeople band second set


Saturday 16 June

12-4pm       Raw Materials Resident artist Sarah Desmarais will be running free drop-in indigo dying workshop in the Bow Arts Courtyard. Workshop is suitable for all ages and experience.

Join Bettina Fung for a free drop-in workshop involving a game of different performative mark making challenges. Workshop is suitable for all ages and experience.

12:30pm   Jessica Charleston artist talk

 Yarli Allison artist talk

 Juls Gabs artist talk


 Karen Le Roy Harris artist talk

 Steve Le Roy Harris artist talk

 Bettina Fung artist talk

3:30pm  Nikolai Delvendahl architect talk
4:15pm  Andrzej Szymczyk artist talk
5pm  G Roland Biermann artist talk
6pm  Deadline for Bow Open Show Auction sealed bids

Artist Talk Details


Jessica Charleston runs an independent publishing press, Make Mud Press, which brings together art and words in limited edition books.  She will be discussing her recently completed series of chapbooks (a small paper-covered booklet, typically containing poems or fiction) entitled Chapette due to its emphasis on women.


Yarli Allison uses her practice as a multidisciplinary artist to express her awareness of living as a queer Asian migrant within the modern social paradigm.  Through creating enclosed playful spaces and thought evoking objects, Allison questions her audience on their version of what is real.

Juls Gabs is a photographer who used her practice to investigate loss, mortality and change.   Using a combination of analogue images with digital post-production, Biro create narratives on transcience and ephemerality.


Through installation, Karen Le Roy Harris creates sculpted textile forms to investigate the narrative of the human body and the spaces they occupy.  She will be discussing her interest in creating subversive imagery that plays on concepts of beauty and desolation

Steve Le Roy Harris With an interest in electronics and web development, Harris makes objects that are programed to interact with each other and digital games that form an economic or political statement.  Ultimately, Harris questions autonomy and individual identity in a digital being.

Bettina Fung's practice focuses on the performative aspect of drawing, where process is as much a part of the artwork as the end result.  Themes of ritual, liminality, transcendence and Taoist philosophy are subjects of interest.


Representing Delvendahl Martin Architects, Nikolai Delvendahl will be explaining the process of designing creative spaces.  Through form, accentuated natural light and natural materials used, their designs aid creatives to make work in stimulating environments. Their work can be seen at Royal Albert Whalf (RAW)IceHouse Court in Barking and the Bow Road office.  Delvendahl Martin Architects will also be showcasing their extensive work in exhibition and gallery design.


Andrzej Szymczyk is a figurative bronze sculptor from Poland, who regularly exhibits his work internationally.  He will be explaining his process of creating a bronze sculpture from initial concepts and moulding to lost-wax bronze casting and finishes as well as showcasing his latest work.


G Roland Biermann is a conceptual artist creating new hybrid forms blending variations of photography, sculpture, film and performance.  His practice explores the visualisation of change and transformation in time, space and society.  He will be presenting his recent work which captures tensions, religious symbolism and politics.