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December at Bow Arts

First Thursday Late  Opening
Thursday 7 December, 6-9pm

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

The final out of hours chance to see The Working Artist: East London Group exhibition, selected and curated by writer broadcaster Michael Rosen and radio producer film-maker Emma-Louise Williams, showcasing paintings, sketchbooks and ephemera from this historic and largely forgotten group of East End artists who shook up the art work in the late twenties and thirties.

The current exhibition of paintings by the East London Group at the Nunnery Gallery – in a broad historical context, the lecture includes works by John Allin, S. R. Badmin, Pearl Binder, Dorothy Bishop, James Boswell, Roland Collins, Alfred Daniels, Anthony Eyton, Doreen Fletcher, Geoffrey Fletcher, Barnett Freedman, Noel Gibson, Charles Ginner, Lawrence Gowing, Harry T. Harmer, Elwin Hawthorne, Rose Henriques, Dan Jones, Nathaniel Kornbluth, Leon Kossoff, James Mackinnon, Cyril Mann, Jock MacFadyen, Ronald Morgan, Grace Oscroft, Peri Parkes, Henry Silk, Harold Steggles, Walter Steggles & Albert Turpin.

Photo: © Rob Harris, courtesy Nunnery Gallery

So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen Reading
Sunday 10 December, 2pm, FREE

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ

Michael Rosen, co-curator of the Nunnery Gallery’s current exhibition The Working Artist: The East London Group, will read from his recently published memoirs So They Call You Pisher! With much of the book exploring his parents’ early lives in east London, many of the paintings serve as fitting backdrops to the stories Rosen heard growing up.

In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was born in the North London suburbs, and his parents, Harold and Connie, both teachers, first met as teenage Communists in the Jewish East End of the 1930s. The family home was filled with stories of relatives in London, the United States and France and of those who had disappeared in Europe.

Rosen will sign copies following the reading, with the book available in the Nunnery Gallery shop. FREE entry for all to attend.

St Katharine’s Artspace Market + Open Studios
Sunday 10 December, 12-5pm, FREE

St Katherine’s Artspace, The Precinct, 2 Butcher Row, E14 8DS

Based in Limehouse St Katharine’s artspace in Limehouse will be opening up their studios on Sunday 10 December. Artists and designers based here range from illustrators, jewellers, painters and printmakers. They will be selling some of their work from jewellery, prints, postcards and more just in time for those last-minute Christmas presents ranging from £5-£60 on the day, so remember to bring cash!

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Photo: © Rob Harris, courtesy Bow Arts