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What’s on at Bow Arts

Historical walks a boat cruise and an origami workshop are just some of the events coming up at Bow Arts in April.


*Raw Materials: Wood Private View / First Thursday Late Opening
Thursday 6th April (6 – 9pm)
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
FREE http://bowarts.org/nunnery/raw-materials-wood

The first in a series of Raw Materials exhibitions at the Nunnery Gallery, which will delve into the industrial history of the local River Lea valley.

Raw Materials: Wood will be a rare chance to see a diverse collection of archive images and objects, many of which are not normally on public display, together with work from contemporary makers, casting an insight into both our past and present. Wood, a versatile and integral material to the development of industry, began its journey raw: imported through the Thames and up the River Lea to feed the many businesses that once lined the riverbanks. Raw Materials: Wood delves into this past, from timber yards and sawmills, such as James Latham in Hackney, to leading furniture makers, together with newly recorded stories from those that remember a fast-disappearing industrial east London.


Rhino performance
Performance details: 7pm: Friday 7 April & Saturday 8 April, 7pm: Thursday 27 April & Friday 28 April
Bow Arts Courtyard, 183 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Tickets: £10-12 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rhino-tickets-32318866600

Theatre returns to the Bow Arts Courtyard this spring, as we present four evening performances of the new and exciting Rhino, a conversation with Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 play Rhinoceros directed by award winning LUXE Founder and Artistic Director Cradeaux Alexander. Set around a sound stage, Rhino explores the aesthetics of televised political debate and behind-the-scenes intimacies. Its characters confront the impossible: is the whole word turning into a rhino?


*River Lea Boat Cruise & Gallery Tour
Thursday 13th April (10am-1pm)
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Tickets: £5-£10 http://bowarts.org/nunnery/river-lea-boat-cruise-gallery-tour

Join us for a tour of the Raw Materials exhibition at the Nunnery Gallery exploring the industrial heritage of the river Lea through the material wood with a fascinating collection of objects from furniture and photographs to wood tools used to craft as well as newly commissioned sculptures from artist Silke Dettmers and newly crafted cabinets from the Building Crafts College students.


*Exhibition Talk – Silke and Building Crafts College
Wednesday 19th April (6-9pm)
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Tickets: £3-£5 http://bowarts.org/nunnery/cabinets-of-curiosities-talk-in-conversation-with-silke-dettmers-and-building-crafts-college

In conversation with resident artist Silke Dettmers and furniture maker and Fine Furniture course leader of the Building Crafts College, Neil Austin. Silke Dettmers will discuss her artist residency and curious discoveries as part of the Raw Materials project and her fascination with the Wunderkammer, Cabinets of wonder and her latest large sculptural artwork in the exhibition. Neil Austin will talk alongside Silke exploring further the Wonderous cabinets created by the Building Crafts College Students as part of the project.


*Guided historical walk & Gallery tour
Saturday 22nd April (11am – 12pm)
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London E3 2SJ
Tickets: £3-£5 http://bowarts.org/nunnery/guided-historical-walk-gallery-tour

Guided historical walk of area led by local guide William Sharp starting at Bow Quarter, the old match factory, and ending at Bow Arts for a tour of the Raw Materials exhibition. Lasts about an hour.


*Origami Workshop and Celebration Day
Sunday 30th April (12-4pm)
Bow Arts Courtyard, 183 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
FREE http://bowarts.org/nunnery/origami-workshop-and-celebration-day

We will be celebrating the achievements of the Raw Materials project and the Community Steering Group that made it all possible. As part of the day there will be origami workshops where you can create your own boat to float down the River Lea.