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Raw Materials: Textiles at Nunnery Gallery

Raw Materials: Textiles examines the rich and little-known history of textiles along the Nunnery Gallery’s local River Lea Valley. Made possible with the kind support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the exhibition traces the Lea’s textile history from the 17th Century to the present day, including silk, calico and jute and the invention of dye colours.

Exhibition dates: Until 24 June (Gallery closed on Mondays), 10am – 5pm
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE http://bowarts.org/nunnery/raw-materials-textiles

The exhibition Raw Materials: Textiles will tell the stories of industry through loans and archival material, alongside newly commissioned works by the project’s resident artists Freya Gabie and Sarah Desmarais.

Project partners include The Drapers’ Company, London College of Fashion (LCF), Jewish Museum London, Victoria & Albert Museum, William Morris Gallery, and local archives from Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Tower Hamlets. The project is also driven and supported by a dedicated steering group of volunteers.

Image: courtesy Nunnery Gallery © Rob Harris

Poplar Consortium Celebration Day
Blog post – https://bowarts.org/news/poplar-consortium-celebration-day

Bow Arts has continued its collaboration with the Poplar Partnership and 2019 will mark the 5thyear of the consortium programme, providing a moment to reflect on how far it has come. We’ll again push the ambition of creative education for pupils and staff in Tower Hamlets, taking the opportunity to profile the work of the partnership.

Image: courtesy Bow Arts, © Rob Harris

First Thursday Late Opening
Thursday 7 June, 6-9pm
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE https://bowarts.org/nunnery/first-thursday-late-opening-11

Join us for the final late night opening of Raw Materials: Textiles – a last chance to explore the industrial history of the River Lea through the raw material textiles.

Resident artist Freya Gabie will join us to talk about her three works in the exhibition, each of which examines a different part of this rich fabric of history: jute, black mourning crepe and the dye / explosive TNT. Gabie’s conceptual approach draws out the poignant narratives behind the research uncovered in the project.

Please note that the gallery will be open from 6pm but the artist talk will start at 7pm.

A woven dance, a dancing weave
Saturday 9 June, 1-4pm
Bow Arts Trust Courtyard, 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Free drop in event https://bowarts.org/nunnery/a-woven-dance-a-dancing-weave

Join Raw Materials: Textiles resident artist Freya Gabie to create a giant, architectural ‘danced’ weaving. Using the physical space of the Bow Arts Victorian industrial courtyard and the movement of our bodies, we will create a woven sculptural installation that spans, intercepts and connects space. The sculpture will be constructed from jute, the raw materials used in factories along the River Lea over the last two hundred years to produce ropes and twines.

Bow Road Open Studios 2018
Friday 15 June, 6-9pm and Saturday 16 June, 12-6pm

Bow Arts Courtyard, 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE https://bowarts.org/whats-on/exhibitions-and-events/bow-road-open-studios-2018

Bow Road’s Open Studios showcases the work of over 150 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 Road Open Studios celebrates all things Bow featuring live music, cocktails, craft beer, an artist / designs craft market, exhibitions, family-friendly workshops and more throughout the weekend.

Teachers’ CPD – Art in the Primary Classroom: Working in 3D
Monday 11 June 2018, 4:30 – 6:30pm
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachers-cpd-art-in-the-primary-classroom-working-in-3d-tickets-42122718184

Learn through making in this practical session on using a range of materials and techniques to make 3D pieces which can be directly applied to the classroom.

Aimed at: Primary Art Coordinators, Cultural Leads, all primary teachers who want to develop their teaching in art and design.

Bring a friend for half price (£60 for two places saving £20)
Book 3 sessions for £96 (saving 20%)

Prices includes all workshops materials, a take-away resource, refreshments and an optional follow up consultation with one of our project managers.