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What’s on at Bow Arts

The Art for the Environment exhibition is now open. See the listings for an interactive and hands-on workshop that aims to increase our awareness of plastics, and a panel discussion on how art and design can creatively contribute towards a cleaner and more sustainable society.

Art for the Environment

Open now until Sunday 18 March 2018

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE http://bowarts.org/nunnery/art-for-the-environment

Art for the Environment, curated by Camilla Palestra, will present work from six artists with practices that explore the nature of human impact on our environment. Following the celebrated international residency programme Art for the Environment (AER) – set up by acclaimed artist Professor Lucy Orta at the University of the Arts London (UAL) – the exhibition will, for the first time, present a selection of work created from past residencies, including film, sound and interactive installation, at the Nunnery Gallery, London.

Steal Life (still)
© Nana Maiclini


First Thursday Late Opening with Liminal Mass
Thursday 1 February 2018, 6-8pm

FREE: http://bowarts.org/nunnery/first-thursday-late-opening-with-liminal-mass

An afterhours chance to see Art for the Environment, the first exhibition of works from Lucy Orta’s acclaimed residency programme, in which six artists explore human impact on the environment. Especially for First Thursday Liminal Mass will be providing live performances throughout the evening, examining our bodies relationship to its surrounding environment, incorporating movement, sound, process and film. The performances will flow between one another exploring space and boundaries; from chanting with bodies merged through cloth to explorations of time and live mono printing.


EcoACTIVE: Powerful Plastics
Saturday 10 February 2018, 2-4pm

Children u18 (free) Tickets, £3-5 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ecoactive-powerful-plastics-tickets-42351140401

Join us for an interactive and hands-on workshop that aims to increase our awareness of plastics. Adults and children alike are invited to learn about the lifecycle of plastic products and the environmental difficulties with their disposal.

Activities will include:

  • Powerful plastics – an introduction to why plastic is useful, but also why it causes us problems!
  • Plastic lifecycle challenge – work in teams to map out the journey our plastic products take, and where they end up when we don’t need them.
  • Waste prevention – learn about the hierarchy of waste while playing the waste prevention game in pairs.
  • Plastic upcycling – get create and come up with a new and useful product using unwanted plastic waste.

Please note this workshop will take place in the Bow Arts Courtyard, next to the Nunnery Gallery.


Art for the Environment: A New Future – Panel Discussion
Thursday 22 February 2018, 7-8pm

£3/5: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/art-for-the-environment-a-new-future-panel-discussion-tickets-42351704087

Join us for an evening of dialogue and debate as artists, academics and philosophers come together to discuss how art and design can creatively contribute towards a cleaner and more sustainable society. Chaired by David Buckland, speakers will include Bergit Arends, Loïc Fel and Lucy Orta, who together will address the possibility of making a new future a reality.

The Panel Discussion will start at 7pm, but doors to the gallery will open at 6pm for an evening preview of the exhibition.

Ex Nihilo Courtesy Nunnery Gallery © Annabel Duggleby


Teachers’ CPD – Secondary Art & Design: Exploring Work of Artists and Designers
Monday 5 February 2018, 6-8pm

£40, Nunnery Gallery: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachers-cpd-secondary-art-design-exploring-work-of-artists-and-designers-tickets-42045334728

Work with artist and educator Daniel Wallis to explore the connections between artists, themes, and the students own work. Explore practical ways into interpreting artworks and developing ideas. Aimed at: Art and Design teachers, particularly those who teach GCSE or A-Level Art and Design (all endorsements) or Design and Technology.

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

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