Nunnery Gallery

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

Tues to Sun, 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.

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The logo for the Visions in the Nunnery art exhibition

Visions in the Nunnery

  • 5 October — 18 December 2016 *on now

Selected from over 1500 world-wide submissions, combined with a star-studded list of invited artists and previous exhibitors, the show will present a unique and exciting platform for cutting edge digital and performance art.

Established in 1999, Visions offers an informed overview of the provocative and quick-changing mediums of moving image and performance. The 2016 exhibition will showcase over 100 artists’ work through an innovative six-part programme, punctuated by 12 events featuring live performances in the gallery and its unique Victorian enclosed courtyard. Exhibition partners include Artsadmin, who are lending Steve Lambert’s iconic and interactive installation Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, LIMA, an international platform for media art, who will lend a variety of work including Marina Abramović’s The Scream and the Rotterdam-based Unnoticed Art Festival.

The first London showing of Dryden Goodwin’s work Poised, originally commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella, will open the exhibition during Frieze week – Visions is one of Frieze’s recommended not-for-profit shows – with works alongside focusing on the body and close observation (5-20 Oct). A special event for Frieze’s East End Night will close the first week, featuring Patrick Simkins’ live and interactive performance Dance and Draw.

Following the Nunnery Gallery’s winning of the Connect Competition to work with Susan Hiller, Visions will take part in the Museums at Night festival at the end of October, premiering a new installation from film duo Webb-Ellis, whose work follows a community pilgrimage inspired by Hiller’s Homage to Joseph Beuys series; one of Hiller’s new cabinets from the Homage to Joseph Beuys series will also be exhibited (25-30 Oct). Three of Ori Gersht’s works will follow in November, with accompanying screenings exploring setting in motion processes that disrupt in unexpected ways (1-16 Nov).

Three mixed programmes will follow: Programme 1 will launch with live performances including Jacek Ludwig Scarso's Stabat Rivisited, created for Visions with soprano Maya Sapone, including works from Ruth Novaczek and Tanya Syed, who are just about to show at Tate Modern in From Reel to Real, Mikhail Karikis, who has been shortlisted for the Jarman Award, and Uriel Orlow (17-23 Nov). Programme 2 includes a set of networked performances, including Natalia Skobeeva who just won the Red Mansion prize, and an event from BEEF (Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film) presenting immersive photochemical and sonic experimental performances, including a live performance from Louisa Fairclough (24-30 Nov). The final Programme 3 will open with a new and live performance from Richard Layzell, feature Nina Danino who is shortlisted for the Jury Award at this year’s Venice Film Festival, and close with a re-enactment of the emblematic video work

The show is selected and curated by Visions curators Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland.

View the full programme

First Thursday Public PV: Thurs 6 Oct, 6-9pm RSVP
Frieze East End Night, with performance: Sat 8 October, 6-10pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


Special Closing Night

  • 17 December 2016 6-10pm

Join us to celebrate the closing weekend of Visions in the Nunnery with live performances from Gur AriePiepskovitz, Irina Danilova & Hiram Levy, Tritotetartes, as well as works from the Unnoticed Art Festival and special screenings from Gabriel Andreu, Cristine Brache, Cinzia Cremona, Karoline Jeuffroy, Jamila Johnson-Small, Heidi Kilpeläinen, Ann-Marie Le Quesne, Mētra Saberova.

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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
181 Bow Road
Greater London
E3 2SJ




020 8980 7774

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