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What’s on at Bow Arts

Raw Materials: Textiles
Private View: Tuesday 17 April (6 – 9pm)
Exhibition dates: 18 April – 24 June (Gallery closed on Mondays)
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE http://bowarts.org/nunnery/raw-materials-textiles

Raw Materials: Textiles will examine 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. The exhibition 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.


Rum Factory Open Studios
Friday 13 April, 5:30 – 8:30pm
The Rum Factory 49 Pennington Street London E1W 2BD
FREE http://bowarts.org/whats-on/exhibitions-and-events/rum-factory-open-studio-2018

The Rum Factory is an open-plan studios layout which adds to our community feel and network of creative practitioners. There are painters working alongside set designers, architects, fashion designers and sculptors. We have invited all of our Rum Factory ‘Alumni’ (those who have had a studio there in the past) to participate. There will be the usual eclectic mix of events taking place such as workshops, exhibitions and performances.

This was the first studio site where Bow Arts featured a permanent project space, available to studio members for a discounted rate. Alongside exhibitions the project space has held workshops, talks, student shows photoshoots and more!