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Bow Arts is celebrating Frieze First Thursday in style with the historic East London Group, East End gin cocktails, and a new commemorative performance from Maxima Smith.

 

The Working Artist: East London Group Exhibition
Exhibition dates: 29 September to 17 December

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Free Entry http://bowarts.org/nunnery/the-working-artist-the-east-london-group

Come along and explore the East London Group exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery. With a new collection paintings, selected and curated by writer broadcaster Michael Rosen and radio producer film-maker Emma-Louise Williams. With a focus on Albert Turpin, who, as window cleaner, fireman, Mayor of Bethnal Green and leading member of the anti-fascist movement, was the ultimate ‘working artist’, the show will also be accompanied by a series of newly commissioned public artworks on and around Bow Road from Lindsey Mendick, Marcus Orlandi and Maxima Smith.

Opening hours: Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Image: Courtesy the artist’s family © A.E.Turpin Estate, 2017

Frieze First Thursday
Thursday 5 October, 6-9pm

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Free Entry http://bowarts.org/nunnery/frieze-first-thursday-ode-to-a-window-cleaner

We’ll be celebrating Frieze First Thursday in style with the historic East London Group, East End gin cocktails, and a new commemorative performance from Maxima Smith.

A chance to explore the streets of east London’s past in ‘The Working Artist’ exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery before celebrating one of their most tenacious members – Albert Turpin, who as painter, window cleaner, anti-fascist at Cable Street and fireman was the ultimate working artist. The performance ‘Ode to a Window Cleaner’ is part of a larger body of work highlighting the rhythms, gestures and painterly lines of the trade. The glass that separates the window cleaner from the audience acts as a fourth wall, linking the performance to the series of video works Smith created for the exhibition.

Performance starts at 7pm in the Bow Arts Courtyard, adjacent to the Gallery                                                                Production Shot: © Maxima Smith, Courtesy Nunnery Gallery, 2017

*East End Vernacular by The Gentle Author Book Launch
Tuesday 10 October, 6-8pm, FREE

*The East End – My Birthright by Albert Turpin Book Launch
Wednesday 18 October, 6-8pm FREE

There will also be a reading from Michael Cashman on the evening.

*Discover the East London Group Walking Tour
Sunday 29 September (12-1pm) Tickets: £3/£5

A chance to walk the streets and see the sights behind the paintings of the historic East London Group, whose paintings are currently exhibiting as part of The Working Artist exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery. Working during the inter-war period, the East London Group was made up of ordinary working men and women, attending art classes and exhibiting paintings alongside their day jobs. Gordon Joly will take walkers on a journey through the East End of the Group’s past, pointing out sites they painted and places they studied, as well as other notable sites relating to art around Bow.

The walk will also visit three new public works of art, commissioned to commemorate the Group alongside the exhibition, installed at Bow Church (Lindsey Mendick), the Bow Bells pub (Marcus Orlandi) and Queen Mary University of London (Maxima Smith), where the tour will finish with an exclusive chance to see remnants of East London Group member Phyllis Bray’s mural at the People’s Palace.

Walk begins at the Nunnery Gallery, ends at Queen Mary University of London and lasts roughly an hour.

Image: Courtesy the artist’s family © A.E.Turpin Estate, 2017

 

Job vacancy: Evaluator
Bow Arts Education is seeking an experienced evaluator/s to review and refine our Evaluation Framework as we enter our next phase of growth. We require meaningful evaluation to learn from and plan internally, and robust evidence of impact to share externally with our partners and clients. The evaluator will work with our team through modelling and training to embed the new framework within our ongoing practice.

Deadline: 9 Octoberhttp://www.bowarts.org/about/work-with-us/jobs-and-opportunities