Nunnery Gallery and Bow Arts Trust (Studios, Gallery and Education)

Nunnery Gallery

The Nunnery is a contemporary art space run by Bow Arts. It is located in the heart of London’s Artist Quarter and a stone’s throw from the Olympic Park.

Venue Type:

Artist studio or collective, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday - Sunday from 10am-5pm

Admission charges


Getting there

The gallery is located on "Bow Arts Lane" which lies between 181 and 183 Bow Road, opposite to Bow Church. It is a six minute walk from Bow Road Tube Station, or 3 minutes from Bow Church DLR. We are step free and fully wheelchair accessible.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sister Germaine self portrait 2013

Correspondances: Pierrick Mouton with work by Sister Germaine

  • 17 July — 27 September 2015 *on now

Nunnery Gallery presents Pierrick Mouton’s Correspondances, curated by Edward Ball, an exhibition of emails, letters, photographs, video diaries and films, between the artist and Sister Germaine spanning over five years of correspondence between the artist and Sister Germaine.

What began as a project to document the daily life in a convent in Versaille lifestyle soon changed as Pierrick’s Mouton’s relationship with Sister Germaine developed and he became interested in documenting and understanding more of Germaine’s life. In turn Germaine’s intrigue with the project and the camera grew as she became fascinated with how to record her own daily life.

Mouton enters into a dialogue with a nun who has had little experience with cameras or technology and sets about giving her the skills and tools to make video diaries and record her own life in the convent. Included in the exhibition is a touching film made by Sister Germaine showing the lives of the nuns and a collection of her photographs.

Underpinning the whole project is the intimacy of dialogue and correspondence: between two humans getting to know one another and between two different film aesthetics and two different perspectives. The main exchange between Mouton and Germaine is the camera, which shows their shifting relationships between artist and muse, filmmaker and filmed subject. Correspondances forms part of Bow Arts’ twentieth anniversary programme In Dialogue: a series of exhibitions concerned with the complex relationships between artist and the muse.

In celebration of Bow Arts’ role at the heart of the bustling Bow Road community, Mouton was commissioned in 2014 to carry out a year-long documentary residency in the community leading up to the exhibition, which will be viewed at a special screening in September 2015.

During Pierrick’s Mouton’s residency and working with religious leaders in Bow, east London, Mouton has made three gentle portraits of the spiritual lives of a Sikh, Church of England and Methodist minister, thereby gaining deeper understanding of the common threads of spiritual life, irrespective of faith group.

Mouton has exhibited in France and Macedonia and screened his films at Saison Video and Soirée Flare at the Languedoc-Roussillon Cinéma. He works in a variety of media: video installations, photographs, sculpture, and objects found objects, the latter resonating with documentary. His work is about making explicit the roles of the subject and the author in documentary.

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 16 July 6pm-9pm


Suitable for

  • Any age




Jim McKeever

Significant Objects - In Conversation with Jim McKeever

  • 17 September 2015 6:30-8pm

Jim Mc Keever, is a visual narrative constructed of a soft, almost sepia toned and at times pastoral series of innocuous images that belay the deeper darker truth of one mans lifetime experience of unremitting physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of his ‘protectors’ within the care system. This work in its wider context is of course a metaphor for the hidden historical global reality of child sex abuse. The exposure of this reality continues to confront us with new accusations against establishment figures on an almost weekly base.

This project was instigated in 2009, in response to a newspaper interview with a Northern Ireland victim of ‘Institutional Abuse’. On experiencing a further sense of personal abandonment and betrayal at the release of the Ryan Report, within the Irish Republic, he was compelled to speak out about his intimate experience, at the hands of the same religious orders.

John was placed in institutional care with the Sister’s of Nazareth at the age of one day. He left the care system seventeen years later. This photographic narrative of his childhood and teenage life was created over a two-year collaborative period.


Jim Mc Keever says:

‘I worked with John to create a visualisation of the significant places, objects, and memories that still triggered deep feelings of physical and mental pain. Whilst I created all of the images based on John’s memories, it’s important to understand that, within the publication of this work, the final edit and text belong to John. For John the physical presence of the final visual outcome, (particularly the book) had at long last made the apparent invisibility of his experiences tangible’.

Jim Mc Keever is a social documentary photographer working in an exhibition / gallery context. He has an MFA and a BA with First Class Honor’s in Photography from the University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art, and is also a co-founder of the Belfast Photo Factory, a non-profit artists’ collective created to provide an environment for emerging photographers. The group promotes photography through interaction with local and international arts communities. He has exhibited in joint and solo exhibitions within the UK, Ireland and Europe.

His current work is based on applying documentary photography in a fine art context to create a contemporary visual narrative.

Suitable for

  • 18+




Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Bow Arts

Engine ChatChat (Peer Crit) - Stratford

  • 14 September 2015 6-8pm

VENUE: Essex House,
375 High Street, Stratford, London
E15 4QZ
United Kingdom

All artists are welcome to join the conversations or present a piece of work for discussion. This includes artists who did not go to art school, artists at any stage of their career and working in any discipline.

Engine ChatChat is an opportunity for artists to share ideas, ask questions and get feedback within a supportive peer critique framework.

Elizabeth Murton has been facilitating Engine ChatChat since 2007, purposely in small groups and encouraging constructive conversation. It is an informal place to discuss art work and find out about other artist's practices. It is an opportunity to dedicate some time to get feedback on the ideas and content of your art practice, as well as meet with other artists.

For more information, please see the Engine ChatChat website here or email Elizabeth

Elizabeth will be contacting attendees with further information nearer the event.


'I really enjoyed the session. .. I ...longed to talk about ideas and processes in a friendly environment, raise questions and uncertainties, and to get such engaged feedback from other artists was wonderful.'

'Thanks for organising Engine ChatChat yesterday. It's great to see what other artists are up to and comforting to know that you're not alone in facing obstacles...'

'Thank you so much for the lovely evening!! I have learnt a lot from this sharing group. Your moderation is excellent and inspiring that successfully leads to further discussions!'

'I just wanted to write and say thank you for such an interesting and enjoyable program tonight. I really had a lot to take away from the discussion and look forward to taking part more in the future.'

These sessions are supported by Bow Arts, providing an affordable opportunity for artists to lead and share professional development amongst their peers.

This is part of Bow Skills Lab professional Development programme.

Suitable for

  • 18+




Bhajan Hunjan

Transient Matters: Arranging Re-arranging (part of Open House 2015)

  • 19 September 2015 11am-4pm

Bhajan Hunjan - Transient Matters & Arranging Re-arranging at Bow Arts Trust by Develendahl Martin Architects. Guest practices make:good and Julia Vogl

Artist Bhajan Hunjan, in collaboration with Delvendahl Martin Architects, is creating Transient Matters, an ephemeral intervention in the courtyard of Bow Arts as part of London Open House. Alongside is Arranging Re-arranging, an exhibition of new work created by Bhajan during her Arts Council England funded project. Bhajan’s exploration of new materials and techniques will provide an insight into exciting new possibilities for incorporating art into architecture and the built environment. Also on display will be a selection of visuals from make:good and Julia Vogl, showcasing their public art and public realm works with Bow Arts.

Transient Matters is the first in a series of interventions in the courtyard at Bow Arts, a flexible event space that forms part of a development designed by Delvendahl Martin Architects at 183 Bow Road. The project, completed in 2014, consolidates the chartiy’s activites at the heart of its Bow Road studio complex. Funded by Arts Council England and Bow Arts Trust, the project forms part of a wider development strategy for the organisation’s premises, reclaiming underused spaces for public and artistic use and helps to articulate the relationship between the three existing brick buildings on the site, all housing artists’ studio spaces: a nineteenth century ex-Nunnery wing, an industrial building of the same period and a mid-twentieth century warehouse.

Click here to book a place to meet the artist and architects at 1pm

Transient Matters runs until Friday 25th September 2015 by appointment -

Arranging Re-arranging is exhibited until 17th October 2015 by appointment -

Suitable for

  • Any age


Getting there

The gallery is located on "Bow Arts Lane" which lies between 181 and 183 Bow Road, opposite to Bow Church. It is a six minute walk from Bow Road Tube Station, or 3 minutes from Bow Church DLR. We are step free and fully wheelchair accessible.

Nunnery Gallery and Bow Arts Trust (Studios, Gallery and Education)
183 Bow Road
Greater London
E3 2SJ




020 8980 7774

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