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Panel talk: Building your own path (Launch of Bow Skills 2016)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Opening Hours: 
7 - 9:30pm
The Nunnery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Bow Skills is a dynamic and relevant programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) open to artists across London and is led by Bow Arts’ artist Elizabeth Murton, in consultation with an artists' steering group and informed by artist feedback. Following on from the success of 2015's pilot year, Bow Skills 2016 will launch Wednesday 1st June with a panel talk bringing together 3 panelists with 3 very different ways to develop a creative practice.

The launch of the 2016 Bow Skills programme will showcase special guest Turner Prize winners Assemble, artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva (La Biennale di Venezia in 2013) and one other artist (tbc) who have forged their path in different but successful ways. Each panel member will give a short presentation (no more than 10 minutes) and then the panel will answer your pre-submitted questions. Before opening up to take questions from the audience.

Pre-submitted questions
Please submit any questions for the talk via Eventbrite by the 27 May.

Any queries please contact Elizabeth Murton via

As with last year, the Bow Skills launch event is free but booking is essential as these events regularly sell out.

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The full Bow Skills 2016 programme will be announced at the event on the 1st June

About the Panel:

2015 Turner Prize winners Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design. They began working together in 2010 and are comprised of 18 members. Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the on-going realization of the work.

Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is a site-specific installation artist working across the varied media of sculpture, installation, video and sound, photography and architectural interventions. Her materials range from the unusual to the ordinary and the ephemeral to the precious; they include organic materials, foodstuffs and precious metals. Central to her practice is a response to the particularities of place; its history, locale, environment and communities.

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva presented Haruspex commissioned by the Vatican, as part of the Pavilion of the Holy See, at the 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.

Elpida’s new commission Rapture for Nymans Garden and House will be on show in the winter months. Her commission for artSOUTH, Resuscitare has an extended presentation at Mottisfont Abbey near Romsey, Hampshire. Both properties are run by the National Trust. Fragility for Fabrica Gallery appropriated the length, breadth and height of the church exploring near death experience. She represented Macedonia at the 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia in 2013. Silentio Pathologia was commissioned by the National Gallery of Macedonia.

Elpida has exhibited extensively and realised numerous commissions nationally and internationally, in gallery spaces, museums and within the public realm. Past sites and commissions include Pied à Terre London, Gloucester Cathedral Gloucester, Towner Gallery Eastbourne, L’H du Siège France, Kilmainham Gaol Museum Ireland, 51st, 55th and 56th Venice Biennales and Public Room Skopje. She has work in public collections internationally including The Vatican, Office of Public Works, Ireland, and New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge as well as private collections around the world.

Elpida is also currently working on a new art and medicine project with Dr Richard Day at University College Hospital, London, Professor Alastair Forbes at University of East Anglia at Norwich and Dr Giles Major at University of Nottingham, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

Final panel member to be announced soon.